Besides a move last night that saw underachieving Matt D’Agostini traded to the St. Louis Blues for minor league player Aaron Palushaj, the Montreal Canadiens stood pat today with no further moves before the 3 PM EST trade deadline.
Like most passionate Habs fans I was hoping for that monster deal that never seems to happen but, fandom and its expectations aside, I find it hard to believe that Gauthier did not make moves today to lighten our cap load and potentially strengthen our blue line.
Are we contenders this season? I think the answer to this (again, fandom and its expectations aside) is a resounding no; based on that fact, and the additional fact that we’ve been 17 years without a strong Cup run, how does the GM of any team in the playoff bubble decide that he not only not a buyer, but not a seller either.
The deals made by Brian Burke for the Maple Leafs, while stinking of giving up, open up cap space and recouped trades for pending UFAs and general underachievers. If the only alternative is keeping ours, I would have liked a little more Burke-esque action today.
Happy trade day, for what it’s worth. The rest of the season suddenly seems much less interesting to me, and isn’t keeping fans interested what the NHL is really about? We are the ones spending the money, after all.