Mike Brophy of sportsnet.ca, on what the Habs might do at this year’s trade deadline:
The Habs underwent a major turnover in personnel in the summer, but it did not result in the team becoming more competitive. As a result, the Canadiens remain a work in progress. Ex-GM Bob Gainey made it his mission to not negotiate contracts with impending UFAs, or trade them for that matter, and it cost his team three valuable assets in Sheldon Souray, Mark Streit, and Mike Komisarek. It will be interesting to see what Gauthier does with Plekanec, a good player who wants to be paid like a star. Expect Gauthier to be active just to put his stamp on the team.
The full analysis also includes a breakdown of every Eastern Conference team’s trade prospects.