Czerkawski or Audette on the way out?

After seemingly boosting their offence in the offseason with the addition of Mariusz Czerkawski, it seems as if the Canadiens may want to get rid of the scoring winger. After 7 games with nothing to show but an empty net goal, Czerkawski was benched in last night’s 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Gritty winger Bill Lindsay was played in his place to give the Habs some much needed toughess after being dominated by the Flyers a few nights earlier.The move to bench Czerkawski comes as a surprise because he was a big part of the club’s plans coming into the season. Now, the Habs may even be looking to trade him. As ridiculous as this may seem, the Canadiens have an overflow of small skilled wingers and cannot play them all as well as the gritty players they must keep in the lineup to defend them. Because of this, the Canadiens may look to move one or more of these wingers in exchange for some more toughness or maybe some help on defense.

Another possibility is to trade away winger Donald Audette. The 5’8 sniper has 0 goals and 0 points in 8 games and is a -5. This caused speculation earlier this month that he was on the trade block. Despite being denied by GM Andre Savard, it still seems as if Audette, who will earn $3 000 000 in each of the next 2 seasons, could be on the move sooner than later.

Although it is still early in the seaon, the Canadiens definitly need some toughness and trading Czerkawski or Audette could provide the perfect bait for a team needing some scoring.

7 Responses to Czerkawski or Audette on the way out?

  1. McCabe_24 says:

    Czerkawski will stay with the Candiens for the next season at least and will rebound soon. Audette was a little pricy for the Candiens in the first place and now they have an excuse to get rid of him.

  2. mikster says:

    I think the Canadiens need to wait a bit more…

    …However they still need that offensive leader, and their defense could definitely use some help, not number on epriority though. The Canadiens could try to deal these two, but not for much in return….maybe Nashville could be interested

  3. Habs4ever says:

    Yes! Finally!!!! Trade Czerkawski! Man would I be happy if I saw him traded. Hey Mikster, about Cwerkawski for Kloucek and Rem Murray?

  4. mikster says:

    Kloucek and Murray for Komisarek, Ribeiro, and a 3rd rounder.

    Yeah? Hmm, probaly no….right? That’s what my answer is to your offer 🙂

  5. Habs4ever says:

    Yeah that was a little lop-sided now that I look at it. very lop-sided. Czerkawski for Kloucek?

  6. PeterPuck says:

    The only reason why Czerkawski was benched and not Audette, is that Terrin-idiot was trying to send a message to the players without upsetting the ones that got him into the playoffs last season, admirable yes, but will it wake up the whole team or just Czerawski. Now I agree with you that these players may be shipped, because the Habs do need a power forward or a meaner D man and we have plenty, throw in Petrov in the mix.

    Yikes, Gilmour on the wing? Did he not say after Buffalo that he will not play unless he plays center?

    Bulis has found a new home, its called Juneau and Dackell.

    Audette played better, at least his feet were moving. Still a ways to go yet,

    It’s better that the Habs have Theo slump now where we can showcase Hackett, the longer he plays like this, the higher his value. Habs will get more for him if packaged. Besides, Theo can learn from him, mentally, like he HAS for the last 4 years.

    Look for Hossa to be moved up also.

    Zednik will notch close to 35 this year, this guy is a pure goaler scorer with speed.

  7. NYIchooch75 says:

    Ha Ha!!! Anyone want to tell me how the Islanders were raped by the Habs now? I didn’t think so! Czerkawski is a piece of shit, end of story. That’s it. I have watched him throughout his Islander career score 30 MEANINGLESS goals a season. He doesn’t hit, play D, skate hard or care when he’s on the ice. Good riddance, and try getting something for this waste of skates. Why do you think the Islanders were HAPPY to rid themselves of this guy for a “nobody” like Asham, who, by the way, has 4 pts in 8 games(matching Czerfkawski’s empty netter).

    The Habs only shot trading this waste is to the Rangers…he’d fit in perfectly! Over-paid with no heart.

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