Habs lining up to acquire help

Habs lining up to acquire help Of the 16 teams holding playoff seeds as of yesterday morning, only the Wild (135) had scored fewer goals than the Canadiens (136). Look for the Habs to try to fortify their forward lines leading up to the trade deadline. A prime target would be pending unrestricted free agent Brad Richards in Dallas, but the Stars remain for sale, and a strong playoff run with Richards aboard is likely worth more to an owner (Tom Hicks) who these days covets a sales receipt over a Stanley Cup. Another obvious Montreal target would be Blues winger David Perron, proud son of Sherbrooke, Quebec, but Perron hasn’t played since being smacked across the head by Joe Thornton one month into the season. Perron, yet to get back on skates, hasn’t been able to increase his dry-land training, which means he cannot target a return date.