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Habs News & Rumours Vol 1 Issue 1 Written by mikeyevil - August 11th, 2009

For all the latest information about the Montreal Canadiens!

This Issue:

 - Recent trades including the  Saku Koivu & Mike Komisarek Trades
 - Draft Review
 - RUMOURS GALORE!!!

Recent Trades:

As of this past week, the Montreal Canadiens completed paperwork on Four major trades which shake the foundation of the team to it's core.

First: Montreal trades John Erskine to Philadelphia for Jason Blake and a 7th round pick.

Comments:

This trade was kind of a mystery for both teams. It's hard to say who got the best of it. Philly did get a good defenceman, but essentially paid $3.5 million and a 7th round draft pick so that they could sign him.

Montreal on the other hand gets a minor offfensive forward, but at a pretty steep $3.5 Million per year. They also get a fair bit older.

Not a horrible trade for either team, but not a fantastic one either. Rumours circulate that this deal had to be reworked at the last minute when Blake refused to sign for the amount Montreal stipulated as a salary ceiling for the deal to work. Then the deal nearly folded as the league's competition committee held a close vote on whether the deal complied with fair trade rules.

Second: Monreal trades Jason Spezza to Florida in exchange for Mike Komisarek.

Comments:

This trade seems pretty good for Montreal, who improves an already decent defence and cuts a significant amount of cap space. They do lose a critcal top 6 forward, but we'll get to what they'll do about that.

In Florida, this deal makes sense to a point. They needed someone behind Malin to play with Brendan Morrow. This deal now gives them a 1-2 punch at center, which is becoming more and more necessary in the increasingly competitive Southeast Division.

Third: Montreal trades Eric Brewer to Dallas for Barrett Jackman

Comments:

This trade although obsensively for cap reasons, brings long time fan favourite Barrett Jackman back to Montreal after an excellent season in Dallas. The two players are fairly similar in ability, with Jackman being slightly more skilled, whereas Brewer has more of a mean streak. This is a win/win deal for both teams.

Fourth: Montreal trades Alex Auld, Vernon Fiddler and Rotislav Klesla to San Jose for Saku Koivu

Comments:

This deal gives Montreal the 1-2 punch at center which is needed to compete with Arch-rivals Toronto. The Habs do lose a little depth on the wing and create a hole in the defence with this deal, but Klesla was only arguably a top four defenceman on the Habs, so he should not be too hard to replace.

San Jose moves the center they no longer needed after their acquisition of Joe Thornton, and receives a starting goaltender, a defensive winger and a top 6 defenceman to help fill out a roster badly depleted by the Thornton deal .

 

Draft Review:

As Mike Fisher had successfully traded all of his picks in the 2009 CMHL entry draft, the Canadiens were not players in this years draft.

News media out of Florida reported that Fisher and the CMHL's equivalent to OJ Simpson, Dave Normoyle had been working on a deal to send the 61st pick in the draft to Montreal as the Habs reportedly had interest in Tyson Barrie. Obviously this deal fell through, and Fisher has refused to comment on any prospective talks.

 

Rumours;

Rumours out of Montreal are fairly quiet at the moment, however a few have persisted enough to get some play in the news:

Lyle Richardson (aka Spector) has reported in his Fox News blog, as well as on his website that the Montreal Canadiens have been looking to deal Jason Blake and the 1st round draft pick in 2010 that was recently acquired from Carolina in exchange for an upgrade on the wing. Richardson speculated that Fisher would like to make this move for a less expensive 2nd line left winger, but due to Blake's low perceived value around the league, he may have a difficult time doing this.

The Province newspaper in British Columbia, Canada reported Tuesday morning that an offer had been sent to the Canadiens regarding a 3-way deal with another team in the Easstern conference. Details are sketchy, but players rumoured to have been discussed include Dainus Zubrus, Ruslan Salei, Mike Komisarek, Brendan Witt, Ryan Kesler and an unknown center headed to Vancouver, who seems to be looking to replace hometown hero Joe Sakic, who retired this off-season.

As for free agency, Fisher has publicly stated that he will not be pursuing the top free agent talent this year, but that a few depth players have been targeted and that contract offers either have or will be made within the next 48 hours.

Eklund, the anonymous hockey blogger has linked the Habs with the following players:

Karlis Skrastins e3

Keith Aucoin e3

Peter Schaefer e2

Jay McKee e1

 

That's all for now folks, have a great day and remember:

Don't worry, be Habby!

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