Listen Up Y'all, This Is It
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Anyway. The trade deadline is officially 6 Days, 1 Hour, 59 Minutes and 5 Seconds away. The Canadiens are coming off one of the worst losing streaks in our 100 year history but look superhuman of late. So you can be sure that Canadiens Fans will be split between Dumb Fans...and um... I guess the other dumb fans.
This is a dialogue that will definitely go down in most schools/office buildings across most of Southern Quebec.
Jaw-Dropingly Smart Fan #1: Dude. The Habs are sooo good now. Halak is soo incredible. We should definitely trade Price, Subban, a #1 Pick and Tanguay for Lecavalier. Tanguay played so crappy last game vs. The Canucks (We're going to assume that this "die hard Habs fan" does not know Tanguay has been out since late 2008.)
Jaw-Droppingly Smart Fan #2: Dude, eff that. The Habs are so shitty. We should send have never traded Cristobal Huet in the first place...so what we've won 2 in a row... Schneider is soo old his first purchase of Cialis must have been in 1965. We're not going to do squat in the Playoffs, Carbo should have been fired after the Oiler game, and Bob Gainey is a mook.
No idea what a mook is, but it sounds like if someone called you that, you'd be offended.
So there you have it, it seems that half of the Habs fans are like that douchey kid in Grade Two with the huge glasses that seems to rat on you for everything you do, and the other half are the Kids who sit in the back, can't read and eat glue.
So what the hell should we ask for?
Let me get this out in the open. So that I do not have to address it ever again.
THE CANADIENS WILL NEVER GET VINCENT LECAVALIER. NO MATTER WHAT LA PRESSE SAYS. NO MATTER HOW MUCH THE THOUGHT OF A FRENCH CANADIAN SUPERSTAR IN BLEU-BLANC-ROUGE MIGHT GIVE THE ENTIRE PROVINCE A STIFFY.
It ain't gonna happen.
Although I do not think that Bob Gainey is done trading, there is not a large chance we land a big player. I'm pretty sure Moses Schneider has addressed the need of a Power Play Quarterback for now, so It would be reckless to offer a huge deal for Jay Bouwmeester, and since the Panthers are actually in a position to make the Playoffs this year, it looks like they would only part ways with Jay Bo for a player who could make a huge impact immediately. With the way the Canadiens have been playing this month, would ANY player on this team sound like an appropriate replacement for him? That's a big ass "non". If you still think we need a puck moving defenseman, then maybe you should lower your expectations to a player like Thomas Kaberle. The Leafs are definitely sellers. So they could deal for a little less than Florida will ask for.
I would personally want this: The Canadiens have been absolutely bum raped by injuries this year and now more than ever we need depth. Of course I would love for a big time player to come here, but I'm being realistic.
Keith Tkachuk is a name that has been mentioned in every single trade deadline since 2001, and it's still very possible that he could have a new home at least for the rest of the 09' season. A proven grit player, Tkachuk has 35 points this year and could play a huge role on a team's playoff run. Keith has a No Trade Clause but could very well waive it.
Ryan Smyth is known to be a very complete player who will be pursued greatly at the deadline. He has 50 points in 61 games this year with the Avalanche and saves his best hockey for the playoffs, as he was a key factor in the Oilers 2006 Stanley Cup Finals run. Smyth also has a NTC but the Colorado Avalanche are dead last in the West. And I would be surprised if he decides to stick with them.
Finally on my list of "hopeful-Habs" at the trade deadline is Marian Gaborik.
"WTF ARE YOU SAYING WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN HIM IN OCTOBER BUT THE DEAL WAS HIGGINS PLEKANEC AND HALAK AND HALAK IS GOD. SO YOURE RETARDED."
In October, Gaborik was healthy and poised to have a big season. Unfortunately, he has been out of the lineup since mid-October, but that's not necessarily a bad thing if you are trying to acquire him. Because Gabby is on the shelf, it is a known fact that the return for him will be much less costly than it was at the start of the season. Plekanec has been playing like a man on fire and Carbo plans on riding Halak until he loses. Higgins has been contributing but I still would not mind seeing him go. But if you are a fan of economics, maybe trading Halak will make sense. It is the simple idea of "selling high".
THAT'S SO STUPID PRICE IS SO BRUTAL AND HALAK IS THE ONLY CHANCE WE HAVE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFFS.
But wait just a minute, last season at the deadline, Bob Gainey sent Cristobal Huet to the Capitals and the pack of Hyenas that are the Montreal Media thought that Price would flail under pressure.
He thrived under pressure and went 12-4.
Could it happen again?