Could the Habs Make Additions Going into the Post-Season?

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April 3, 2013 is trade deadline day. Will the Habs make any moves? Here are some of my suggestions going forward seemingly into the playoffs and for next year.

There is a need for a physical winger, who is big and can score, this is a list of who I would like to see the Montreal Canadiens get. First off, the forwards.

1. Chris Stewart-RW-St-Louis Blues. Stewart 25 years old, 6’2″  and 232 lbs is exactly what the Habs need. Big, gritty, net presence, can crash and bang, score, assist and fight, well, if the need arises. He can take a pounding as well as give them out to create space for smaller players. Stewart also has good speed and can keep up with faster players. Chris Stewart will be expensive to acquire, playing on the first line and at the time of this article has 10 goals plus his age and RFA status.  Stewart’s career stats can be seen here.

2. Ryane Clowe-LW-San Jose Sharks. Clowe 29 years old, 6’2″ and 225 lbs might be slower than Stewart, but his net presence is great, really physical, can score also, fight and crash. Clowe is having a bad season so far in SJ. Who knows why, could be he is fed up with the same old “this is your year” mantra, or he just needs a change of address. Clowe would be a nice pick up also. Ryane Clowe’s price is high at the moment, but the closer the season gets to the trade deadline, the price might go down as Clowe is an UFA at season’s end. Clowe’s career stats can be seen here.

3. David Clarkson-RW-New Jersey Devils.  Clarkson 28 years old, 6’1″ and 200 lbs is the smallest of the three, however he has no fear and can also play the same roles as the two listed above, a little faster than Clowe and used to playing a defensive style while contributing on offence is handy, imagine if he was let go in an offensive scheme. Clarkson is an UFA after this season. Although he loves NJ and they love him back, it’s unsure of what his future status will be. Clarkson’s career stats can be seen here.

 

Defence:

1. Douglas Murray-D-San Jose Sharks. Murray  33 years old 6’3″ and 245 lbs is a big stay at home rugged defenseman. Would be useful in penalty killing situations and for clearing Carey Price’s crease. Murray is an UFA at the end of the year. Murray’s career stats can be seen here.

2. Robyn Regehr-D-Buffalo Sabres. Regehr  32 years old  6’3″ and 225 lbs, he is another stay at home d-man who is tough and can clear the front of the net as well as give good hits. Good on the penalty kill as well. Regehr is an UFA after this season. Regehr’s career stats can be seen here.

3. Mark Fistric-D-Edmonton Oilers. Fistric 26 years old, 6’2″ 233 lbs is a gritty, hard hitting, crease clearing defenseman. He can be intimidating to come in on in the corners. Good stay at home d-man. Might be something to look at after this season as well. Fistric is an UFA at the end of the season. Fistric’s career stats can be seen here.

 

There are some players who are more suited for our fourth line this year, here are a few names:

1. Jared Boll-RW-Columbus Bluejackets. Boll 26 years old, 6’2″ 219 lbs is a fourth line player who’s not afraid to dish out hits as well as protect teammates if the need arises. Known as a tough player to play against. Would be a good replacement for either Travis Moen or Colby Armstrong seeing as the fourth line isn’t doing the job currently. Great team guy. Boll’s salary for this season is $950,000 and next season only goes up to $1.15 million. Boll’s career stats can be seen here.

2. Patrick Bordeleau-RW-Colorado Avalanche. Bordeleau 26 years old,  6’6″ 225lbs is a pure heavyweight fighter. Has played a few games of between 7-10 minutes a game, but mostly plays between 6-7 minutes per game. Getting this fellow lets other teams know that no cheap shots or targeting our smaller players will be tolerated. Can be replaced easily depending on opponents and doesn’t complain, another good team guy. Bordeleau is from Montreal so surely he would want to play here. Bordeleau is an UFA at the end of the season. Bordeleau’s career stats can be seen here.

3. Matt Martin-LW-New York Islanders. Martin 23 years old 6’3″ 206 lbs might be the most expensive of the two listed above to acquire, but he hits like a truck, loves to play rough and can fight if need be. Martin also has an upside that he can pass well, could develop into the perfect fourth line player. Martin’s contract is $1 million for 2013-14, $1.1 million for 2014-15 and $1.3 million for 2015-16, easily digestible. Martin’s career stats can be seen here.

 

These are the needs for the Canadiens going forward into the playoffs, whether or not they would be re-signed, or stay after the post-season, the needs of a gritty scoring winger who has the ability to create space as well as get into the dirty areas and calm opponents trying to intimidate the smaller players on his line. The need of a big defensive stay at home defenseman who will clear the crease, make good hits along the boards and will be very aggressive in his own zone. Finally, the need for a fourth line player who can pass the message along that our smaller players aren’t  an opposing players’ practice dummies. One which would help Brandon Prust and Ryan White.

Not saying what we would have to trade for these players, I am simply listing the type of individuals that the Habs should be looking for. Trade speculations I try and stay out of, I am not nor have I ever been a rumorist.

Some of these trades in my opinion could be done easily, others would take more of a construction to achieve. Either way, the Habs aren’t ready for a playoff grind which is much harder and more physically demanding than the regular season. Hopefully some of these moves will be done, solidifying what is looking like a good team this year.

 

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One Response to Could the Habs Make Additions Going into the Post-Season?

  1. I love you Bryen! haha Your opinions and ideas are the same as mine and I couldn’t agree more. If only people had the brains like us! It’s ridiculous how “habs fans” can think our team is fine without bigger grittier bodies. Keep up the good work man, don’t stop writing!

    Colton Di Stefano March 16, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply

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