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04-21-2012, 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post

Hawks 1st 2012
Jeremy Morin
Victor Stalberg
Steve Montador


Thomas Plekanec
Raphael Diaz
Habs 4th 2013

Canadiens GM comments:
while it was obviously very difficult to let plekanec go, we feel that it is in the best interest of the canadiens organization to part with him at this time. with the blackhawks organization, tomas is one step closer to winning the cup, something that will most likely not happen with him in montreal.

for his services, we acquire a first, which should be somewhere in the 20-25 range; jeremy morin, a big american right winger with top 6 potential; steve montador, a big solid bottom pairing guy; and finally the piece i am most excited about: viktor stalberg. a 6'3 left winger who has just broken out with 22 goals and 43 points who will be getting significant ice time with the montreal canadiens.

by trading our number one center, we leave a huge hole in our organization, one that i feel desharnais and eller will be able to help fill in this transitional period.

so, we can put the kibosh on making the playoffs in 2013 and focus on 2014 with the huge influx of talent from hamilton and when certain important contract expire.

we wish tomas the best in chicago - and look at those two top lines - and we are excited to welcome those new additions to montreal.

and as a side not, it also means that desharnais and eller are practically off the market

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