2013 NHL Trade Deadline Preview: Montreal Canadiens

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The 2013 Trade Deadline is oh so close. As we are now under a week away from the trade deadline, as such I will continue what’s been a fun series of informative previews leading up to the most entertaining day in hockey nerd television. As I’ve said in past articles, it’s becoming increasingly obvious who will make the playoffs or who won’t. Who will be sellers and buyers, and who won’t.

With this knowledge of who’s likely to be in and who isn’t the wheeling and dealing has started to pick up. Big names that were once franchise faces in Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla have already been dealt, as have some quality blueliners like Douglas Murray and Jordan Leopold. If these kinds of players are going - Douglas Murray aside - for as little as they are, I have to believe there are more moves on the way. Leading up to April 3rd expect a flurry of previews for this deadline arms race.

If everything new Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin touches turns to gold, and so far it seems that way, I see no reason for the Canadiens not to make moves come deadline day. As good as this team has been, they could certainly use a little help if they are to make an extended playoff run. As is always the case with the Habs, they need more size on the wing and could certainly use some depth defensemen.

The Canadiens, for better or worse, are generally one of the more active teams on deadline day. Their nearly $15M in cap space will go a long way in them keeping things interesting this one too. For a look at some of the player’s they might want to bring into the fold, and or send out, read on.

Ryane Clowe: With Rene Bourque placed on injured reserve as he struggles to return from a concussion, Clowe would be the perfect replacement. His size, physicality and just plain old meanness are exactly what this team needs.

Marc-Andre Bergeron: With Raphael Diaz and Yannick Weber currently injured, and Tomas Kaberle having cleared waivers, the Habs could use a bottom pairing type puck moving defenseman. Bergeron is just that. So long as he is deployed solely in the offensive zone, Bergeron would be a great pickup. He’ll come cheap, and is a UFA at the end of the year. There’s also that whole French-Canadian thing I’ve heard Habs fans are keen on.

Robyn Regehr: Would be a dependable stay at home defensemen that could slide into a bottom four role with ease. Regehr would help the Habs deal with their 18th ranked penalty kill, and provide veteran leadership to a relatively young team.

Ryan O’Byrne: Was a dependable stay at home defenseman, and great in the locker room during his last tenure with the Canadiens. For all those reasons and more, he would make sense as a deadline rental. Would be a bottom pairing defensemen.

Travis Moen: For whatever reason Moen has had a difficult time finding his role with the new look Canadiens. As such it seems likely he’ll be used to get the Canadiens draft picks and or rental players.

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