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10-11-2013, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by CHill Seeker View Post
I'm curious - I guess we all are, to see what Bergevin is going to do + who emerges on the wing in Hamilton. I just don't think Habs can win with this lack of size / aging with Briere, Gionta, Bourque and Desharnais. 2 or 3 of these guys have to go. Maybe Bergevin deals a dman or d prospect for some size and skill on the wing. Unless as mentioned someone forces their hand in Hamilton
I would say the priority in trading forwards goes something like this:

Desharnais: Small, struggling and Galchenyuk is more than capable of stepping in and providing more which gives Pleks, Eller, Galchy, Bournival/White down the middle.

Gionta: Looks old but does provide leadership. I think Bergevin would be likely to keep him since he is the captain. But he will be gone next year.

Bourque: I expect him to stay because he does bring something that we don't have a lot of...size on the wing and he can score. Ideally he would be a third line winger.

Briere: He will not be traded. Hometown boy that was just brought in for a short term deal. No matter how much he struggles they will give him every chance to succeed.

As far as the next guys who may step up and provide a burst of youthful talent at forward...I don't see anyone near term that will provide what the two Gally's have.

I suppose Thomas, Andrighetto, Leblanc could see some time in the NHL this year as injury replacements.

The main guys that could have an impact in the next 2 years (in order of likelihood) would be McCarron, De La Rose, Collberg, Hudon and Lehkonen.

I expect Tinordi, Beaulieu, Nygren and Dietz to be the most likely to help on the backend in the next few years. I believe that once Murray and Emelin are healthy we will see Diaz or Bouillon traded since they will realize that Beaulieu and Tinordi are capable defensemen in the #5-6 spot.

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