The trade deadline came and went this afternoon without a deal involving the Montreal Canadiens and Bob Gainey gave a press conference following the 3 PM cutoff saying that he has confidence in the team he has on the ice now.
“We have a number of players who have been a little below their potential this year for different reasons. This is the time for them to prove me right from last summer or this season, and for our coaches to take the players they have and squeeze as much or more out of this team than we’ve seen to this point.”
I personally think a solid d-man and a big centre were necessary, especially given the baggage we could ship – Laraque, Higgins, Dandy, Hamrlik, Komisarek, etc. That’s not to say that we should give away the farm but I do think that’s it clear that the current roster does not add up to Cup contention.