Wharmsby’s Habs Lowdown

As we head into tonight’s game between the Habs and Leafs, I thought that instead of only just providing the link, I’d paste this very important Habs info provided by Tim Wharmsby in CBC Sports – Hockey Night in Canada.

The situation: The Canadians have made the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, but they haven’t won a series since they advanced to East final in 2010 … Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin needs to add offence up front and some defensive depth, but in 2013,  his first year at the helm of the Habs, he didn’t make any major moves at the trade deadline. After Bergevin re-acquired Michael Ryder and picked up Jeff Halpern off waivers earlier in the season, the only deadline move the Canadiens made was to trade for defenceman Davis Drewiske for a fifth-round draft choice … Most of the trade talk in Montreal has centred around what to do with looming unrestricted free agents Brian Gionta and Andrei Markov. There was a report earlier this week that Bergevin has offered Markov a one-year contract extension, but that the 35-year-old defenceman seeks a three-year deal … Since the Olympic break, the Habs have plucked three of four points in two games without their gold-medal-winning goalie Carey Price, who returned home with a lower-body injury.

Playoff hopes: 3rd in the East, six points behind second-place Boston and eight points clear of ninth-place Washington.

Schedule: 21 games remaining (nine home, 12 road)

At home: Toronto, Boston, Ottawa, Colorado, Columbus, Buffalo, Detroit, N.Y. Islanders, N.Y. Rangers.

On the road: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Phoenix, San Jose, Buffalo, Toronto, Boston, Detroit, Florida, Tampa Bay, Ottawa, Chicago.

Restricted free agents: Lars Eller, P.K. Subban, Dale Weise, Ryan White.

Unrestricted free agents: Francis Bouillon, Brian Gionta, Andrei Markov, Douglas Murray, George Parros.

No-trade clauses: Daniel Briere (no movement), Josh Gorges (limited), Brian Gionta (no-trade), Rene Bourque (modified), Andrei Markov (modified), Travis Moen (modified), Tomas Plekanec (modified).

Cap space: $6.9 million US.

On the farm: The Habs have made good use of the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, shuttling back-and-forth players like Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi, Louis Leblanc, Mike Blunden and Patrick Holland. Right wing Sven Andrighetto, 20, may be the next to get a shot. The Swiss forward is coming off his most productive month, with three goals and nine points in 10 games in February.

7 thoughts on “Wharmsby’s Habs Lowdown”

  1. They need to trade Markov before the deadline. He’s the only trade that will bring a good return for us. If they let him walk on his own this summer and we get nothing, that will be a big mistake.
    He wants three years because he knows after one year he’s fried. MB needs to stick to his one-year offer or trade him now.
    Besides that, there’s no need to trade anyone now. We’re not winning the Stanley Cup this year. It’s impossible. So keep building and not spending foolishly is wise. I think MB is doing all he can given our constraints and constraints that are out of our control (amazing contenders in the West whom we have zero changes of winning against come playoff time). It’s time to be realistic and patient.

  2. I was watching the Av’s game last night. Their announcers made a comment about Markov and the sudden need to act by Colorado after the Blues trade…

    MT for Roy?

  3. @ Mike McKim, I’m sorry but I for one will never forgive Roy for walking out on his team in the middle of the season & feel it’s a disgrace his # sits up in the rafters with all the former greats who gave their all for the bleu blank et rouge!!

  4. By the way I’ve been a fan now for some 58 years & never did I see such a childish temper tantrum as I did that night so many years ago, but it’s not forgotten & never will be!!

  5. I’ve felt the same way as Mike all these years about Patrick Roy. As much as Mario Tremblay was at fault for his part in the story, I thought Patrick was childish and wrong for doing what he did. I’ve never truly forgiven him. But having said that, if he did come in as coach and took the team to new heights, I would put that bad taste in the past and move on and support him.

  6. I agree, Marjo. They need to move him before they get nothing. He wants three years and for me, it’s too much. He’s not far off from retirement.I suppose you’re right – “It’s time to be realistic and patient.” But I just keep hoping anyway. I need to see the Canadiens win the Cup again. And I want a miracle right away.

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