Hi, and welcome to Breaking It Down, I'm Pleeb Smeeber and today we're talkin to talk to Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Killem Dafoe. The Canadiens were fairly quiet as the trading gates flew open yesterday evening and many thought perhaps the Habs weren't looking to do anything at all. Of course, as well all know, that is simply not the case as The Canadiens announced earlier this afternoon one of the bigger trades in years had occurred, landing them elite D-man Shea Weber from the Nashville Predators.
Q: Is this something you knew you had to do?
A: Absolutely, Shea Bear is an elite talent and any club would be lucky to have him. We knew we needed to do two things, get bigger and tougher and add another huge shot from the blue line. I think we get both those things here.
Q: Now what about these rumors I've heard about you guys looking to upgrade at wing? I've heard some rumblings that maybe you've been in talks with Chicago and Edmonton about grabbing yourself an upgrade, maybe a RW?
A: That's none of your business.
Q: What about letting go of Eller? Diaz? How easy was that to do?
A: It's never easy to tell a kid he's been traded. But he knows it's what's best for this club and this is a team who wants to win now. Diaz understands and he's a big fan of blue grass music or Elvis or some **** so I'm sure he'll love it there.
Q: Ok, what about Rene Bourque? Obviously he wasn't fitting in too well last season, now he gets a fresh start in Nashville. What does he think about that?
A: I don't know Smeeber, why don't you ask him? You get that through your head? Next Question. No? K.
The interview didn't last long, but we can tell from Mr. Dafoe, who is a man of just the right amount of words, that this move for the Canadiens means they are certainly looking ahead to the future and adding an elite talent like Weber helps them with that for sure. Hal Gill adds some size and top prospect Pontus Aberg will surely be an exciting player to watch some day as well. This has been Breaking It Down, I'm Pleeb Smeeber. Until next time.
We would like to welcome back our first ever draft pick and leading goal scorer, Marian Gaborik back to the team he never should've left. In addition, we add a lot of snarl and size with the acquisition of Jean, Boyle and Bickel. Bickel is a Minnesota native and played with the Gophers, so that's also pretty nice. Cuma and Coyle will obviously be missed, along with proven NHL talent like Setoguchi and Cullen, however this is a move that we feel gets us closer to competing for the cup right now.
We're live here in New Jersey where Ilya Kovalchuk has just been named the 11th captain in team history.
We go live to Brooksie who is with GM, coach, and all around Honcho, Machinehead.
B: "What made you decide on Kovalchuk for team captain?"
M: "Well Brooksie, we were looking for a guy to carry the torch long term. He's locked up for a long time and he's the face franchise."
B: "No question he is the face of the franchise but how do you feel about him as a leader?"
M: "I think he's a tremendous leader. His game has matured over the years and nobody brings more passion to the game than Ilya. He's been a captain in this league before and we feel he can take us to where we wanna go."
B: "What about Salvador?"
M: "He'll be wearing an A"
B: "Do you think being stripped of the C will affect him at all?"
M: "If he doesn't like it he can sit on a cactus."
B: "Where would you get a cactus?"
M: "None of your business"
B: "Are the rumors true that you're close to a deal with Toronto?"
M: "You'll have to ask Toronto about that, I run this team here in New Jersey."
B: "How do you see the team finishing?"
M: "We're taking it one game at a time"
B: "Any predictions?"
M: "Next question"
B: "How do feel about the other teams in the Atlantic?"
M: "I don't run those teams. Ask them."
B: "But I'm asking you."
M: "Next question."
B: "What can you tell us about Brodeur's new diet where his number of bon-bon cakes per day will be reduced from 18 to 16?"
M: "I don't know ask Marty"
B: "This seems like kind of a waste of time then."