The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning made a goalie swap trade early in the day. The Habs sent Cédrick Desjardins back to a familiar place, their second time trading him to the Bolts. When Desjardins was asked what he thought of the trade: ”It’s a déjà vu. Traded there for the 2nd time!” In exchange for Ceddy, Montreal received Dustin Tokarski, a much younger goaltender that still has good enough potential to make a name for himself. Tokarski has a fight under his belt as well, which you can watch here. Not a bad transaction by Bergevin, his first dip into the trade market.
The Canadiens had an optional skate before their game against the Florida Panthers Thursday night. Eller, Moen, Subban, Weber, Desharnais, Galchenyuk, White, Armstrong, Emelin, Gallagher, Budaj, Markov, Prust and Kaberle were all out on the ice. However, there was no change in Michel Therrien’s line up. The game was defensive from both sides as fans anxiously waited for something to happen to break the game wide open. Thankfully for Montreal, they go home with 4 points from their two-game road trip down in Florida.
From earlier on Thursday, Chris Boucher (provides event-by-event scouting reports) stated that Lars Eller’s “strong stick has earned him the top d-zone puck-battle winning percentage among Montreal’s centres. Speaking of Eller, Pierre Lebrun on TSN690 said, “Montreal has at least inquired with Colorado about Ryan O’Reilly. Lars Eller is drawing a lot of trade interest across the league; wouldn’t be surprised if he’s moved this year.” Would be nice to acquire ROR, but I also love Eller and would enjoy seeing him used in a bigger role. He deserves it but has not been given the vote of confidence from Therrien so far. Hopefully he does because the healthy scratches earlier in the season poked a bear; Eller has been quite good since then. Give him a fair shot and you’ll see. His skills on the puck are great as well as his defensive awareness. I wouldn’t deal him, but someone else in the line up I most certainly would…
Where were the fans in Florida? The sections behind the benches were disgustingly bare until the overtime period when a few moved there. Usually there are more people in the games that involve Montreal, granted those are typically when a lot of people are on holidays. However, how long is it before people in the NHL realize that just maybe they should relocate? Come on.
Aaron Palushaj, lost on waivers not too long ago, scored his first goal for the Colorado Avalanche against the Minnesota Wild. It was the first goal of the game with Jones and Stastny collecting the assists on the play. The kid will produce if he is given some time with those guys, I am pulling for you Aaron.
– Delmas let in 2 goals on 36 shots in Wheeling’s loss
– Nygren had a goal and 2PIM against Växjö
– Nyström had a -1 rating in his team’s loss
– Klubertanz recorded 2PIM and a -1 rating