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Habs Trade Deadline Moves

Marc Bergevin

Another trade deadline has come and gone, and the Canadiens have made  several transactions. When the dust settled, here’s what the Canadiens acquired:

Acquisitions:

  • Jordie Benn:
    • Left-handed defenseman
    • 6-2, 200 lbs
    • Shot blocker, calming influence on the third pairing
  • Brandon Davidson
    • Left-handed defenseman
    • 6-2, 210 lbs
    • Young extra defenseman
  • Steve Ott:
    • 4th line/Extra center
    • 6-0, 193 lbs
    • Potential faceoff improvement
  • Dwight King
    • 3rd/4th line winger
    • 6-4, 234 lbs
    • Defensively responsible, punishing forechecker
  • Andreas Martinsen
    • 4th line/Extra winger
    • 6-3, 220 lbs
    • ???

It seems odd to put stock in the size of players in today’s NHL, but that seemed to be the name of the game for Bergevin and the Canadiens. Ultimately, the Habs beefed up their depth players and added two potential penalty killing forwards in King and Ott. Ott was tied with Frans Nielsen for shorthanded ice time on the Detroit Red Wings.

Davidson has a ton of upside here, as the Edmonton Oilers were very high on him last season. The 25 year old defenseman has dealt with injury problems and lost his spot in the lineup when Darnell Nurse returned from injury. The Habs have stockpiled defenseman with the possibility that one depth defenseman is lost in the expansion draft.

Departures:

  • Greg Pateryn
  • David Desharnais
  • Sven Andrighetto
  • 2017 4th Round Pick
  • 2018 6th Round Pick
  • 2018 4th Round Pick

While the departure of Greg Pateryn was all but finalized with Bergevin’s league-wide memo, the other names on this list are particularly surprising. David Desharnais cap hit was determined by many to immovable to the Desharnais struggles this season. The fact that Bergevin was able to move the player and receive a potential roster player should not be overshadowed by his shortcomings at the deadline. While it was somewhat odd to see Andrighetto on his way out of Montreal, it isn’t particularly surprising. The Swiss winger has struggled to stay in the lineup this year, but is still young enough to turn it around in Colorado.

And as long as none of those picks are the next Brendan Gallagher, I think we should be ok.

So now what?

The biggest story of the Habs’ trade deadline wasn’t about what Bergevin managed to acquire, but what he failed to do; add significant scoring. It may be appropriate to be frustrated with Bergevin’s inability to acquire a difference maker up front, but was one even available? You could argue that Thomas Vanek was available, but would the cost have been worth it? Detroit got a third round pick (conditional: could be Florida’s pick or Arizona’s) and an interesting defensive prospect.

Could Bergevin have offered something along those lines? Probably. But, for some reason, there seems to be a terrible memory of Vanek in Montreal.

I think, and Marc Bergevin seems to think, that Montreal’s solutions will come from within. This could mean a few things. Directly, guys like Brendan Gallagher, Artturi Lehkonen, Tomas Plekanec and Paul Byron need to step up. I wouldn’t hold my breath for Plekanec to start putting up points, but the other three need to turn it on.

But it could also mean help from the farm, and one name keeps getting louder and louder: Charles Hudon. The 22 year old forward is a point per game player in St. John’s and could add a dynamic element to the Canadiens’ 2nd line.

As for the roster now, there are some moves to be made between the Habs and St. John’s. Currently, the Canadiens have 15 forwards and 8 defensemen on the roster, which is far too many. Expect roster moves in the near future, but for now, this is the team Bergevin wants to take to the playoffs.

Thoughts?

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One Comment

  1. Bay Bye

    March 1, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I think we got bigger but definitely slower and a lot older. One has to wonder how good Andrighetto will be in 3 years since he is 3 years younger then Martinson..and will Martinson even still be in Montreal..I call this the worse trade of the day

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