It’s remarkable that even though the Pittsburgh Penguins have now won eleven straight, the Canadiens remain just three points behind them with two games in hand. Just an excellent example of the kind of year the Habs are having. And as soon as the boys do away with the Sabres tonight, it’s the Pens to contend with.
The Canadiens have claimed Jeff Halpern through waivers, from the Rangers. Halpern played for the Habs in 2010-11, is a centreman who took key draws, and although I’m a bit vague on this, I seem to recall Halpern getting thrown out of the circle against Boston, Tomas Plekanec coming in and losing the draw, and the Bruins scoring and eliminating Montreal.
It almost seemed fixed. The Bruins won because Halpern was thrown out. But I digress.
It’s interesting that Marc Bergevin claimed Halpern. What does it all mean? Will it mean someone from the fourth line might not want to renew his apartment lease? Are Ryan White’s days numbered? Somebody else? And then there were the zero goals and one assist in 30 games that Halpern managed while in New York.
So even though Halpern was a fine player as a Hab and took those key faceoffs, is this an important pick up? I don’t know, I’m just asking.
Sabres in town tonight. We need the win of course. And maybe with a job on the line, the fourth line guys will be flying.