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10-18-2003, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by HiggsFan
This trade proposal would have made more sense about 1 month ago, as the Canadiens were considered as one of the softest teams in the league, if not the softest. Gainey made some clever moves, though, picking up Steve Begin and Darren Langdon at the waiver draft. Both were injured, though, so Habs fans didn't get to realize yet we don't need agitators anymore. When both guys will be added to the line up, it will perhaps make the Habs a scarier team for opponants. I don't mind dealing one of our PK specialists (Dackell, Sundstrom and Juneau), but only if we get fair value in return, and if we get something we are in need of -- agitagors not being one of our current lacks.

Unless the Canadiens management feels Barnaby is a big improvement over Begin, and decides sending him with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL, I can't see this sort of deal happen, by any means.
I like Begin, but no way is he better in the agitating departement than Barnaby. Begin is a poor man's Barnaby if anything. And there's no reason to think Habs cannot use both of them.

The motivation behind this is that right now Sundstrom plays on the 4th line where he's pretty much useless and his ice time is sliping. Dackell, Juneau and Bulis have a long established chemistry and it looks like Sundstrom is becoming to odd man out.

In that context, the Habs might as well get a guy that is really suited for the 4th line duty and can add a bit more respect in the toughness area. I wouldn't take Simon though. He's only the shadow of his former self. But Barnaby is one of the best agitators in the game.

Langdon/Barnaby - Begin - Ward

That's the 4th line I'd like to see.

This deal would serve both team as Sundstrom is more than fair value for Barnaby and he has become expandable for the Habs this year. Rangers are already a tough team but they need to reinforce and thighten their defense and PK.

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