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02-16-2009, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Bitterman View Post
Take a glance at all the trades made since the lockout and you'll see that there have been barely any impact in-season trades until we're within the 72 hour window of deadline day. Buyers can want to buy all they want but sellers have no incentive to sell early, hoping to play one team against another with the clock ticking for max return on deadline day. You'd have to seriously overpay to trigger a seller to make a move until the last possible moment.

I for one don't want Gainey to make the mistake Pittsburgh made last year so the only realistic move until deadline day is replacing Carbo and hoping for a change in the room.
There is some trade possibility right now with some other good teams that are in a similar predicament as the habs. Two east conference teams that Gainey HAS to be looking at are the Penguins and Rangers. Both are struggling mightily from glaring issues and are probably looking at a retooling more than a desperation buyer/seller move. Both the Rangers and Pens desperately need some skilled wingers, something the habs have an abundance of. While those two teams are deep down the middle and have enough Dmen (esp. the Pens with Gonchar back)

The Habs need another defenceman immediately: Perhaps Mara or Khalinin since I doubt the Rangers can re-sign both, the Pens have 8 dmen on roster: Boucher, Scuderi and Eaton impending UFA. A trade with the Pens seems reasonable and would help both teams. How about Plekanics + Kostitstyn Bros for J. Staal + Boucher or Scuderi?

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