Will the Habs sell? Of course not, stupid!

It’s no secret the Habs would love to move Sergei Samsonov. There was also an RDS report last night that Alex Kovalev had asked for a trade, but apparently was taken down, and there have been whispers of Sheldon Souray being moved because of his contract situation, I’ve even heard Saku Koivu’s name come up at the hockeybuzz forums, and it makes me think, will the Habs sell? Of course not!
Things aren’t looking good for the Canadiennes, but all hope is not lost, and don’t forget the Toronto Maple Leafs last week were in a much worse position, they went on a three game losing streak, and they’ve still advanced in the standings. It’s a tight conference, and the Habs could go from 10th to 4th in less than a month.

And with Bonk, Johnson, Aebischer, Downey, and the majority of their defense core already UFAs, they really only have one chance to contend in the next two to three years, and Habs fans would love to see their 25th Stanley Cup before their centennial.

So what WILL the Habs do?

Are they comfortable with David Aebischer taking over for the time being? They could add a veteran backup like Ed Belfour or Curtis Joseph, but that would leave them with three goalies when Cristobal Huet comes back, and someone is going to get pissed.

There is the possibility of moving Sheldon Souray for someone more willing to re-sign. Maybe they could try a deal like this.

To Chicago:
Sheldon Souray
2nd Round Pick

To Montreal:
Adrian Aucoin
Bryan Smolinski
Peter Bondra

The Habs get Smolinski and get Bondra thrown in exchange for taking on Adrian Aucoin and his large contract.

That gives them their second line center, their replacement for Aucoin, and a solid winger.

That also removes the need to deal Kovalev, because apparently his trade request is the result of a fight with Sheldon Souray.

But now they need to dump some salary, and they can do that by moving Sergei Samsonov, but what team would be willing to take him? Philadelphia might be able to take him on, if they plan on attempting something next year. They have the room, especially with Forsberg gone, and with Calder becoming a UFA.

The Habs could also use a little more toughness, I know, I know, Lapierre is doing it great, but what about…

To Philadelphia;
Sergei Samsonov

To Montreal:
Todd Fedoruk

These two deals remove problems the Habs have had a lot of the year, and would make their team look like this… I don’t care what their lines are normally like, this is on a best player, best line basis.

Ryder-Koivu-Kovalev
Bondra-Smolinski-Johnson
Latendresse-Higgins-Plekanek
Begin-Bonk-Perezhogin
Fedoruk-Murray

Aucoin-Markov
Rivet-Niinima
Boillion-Dandenault
Komisarek-Streit

Huet (IR)
Aebischer

All the deals seem far fetched, but it improves the team, remove two players who are obvious dressing room cancers, (Samsonov and Souray) keeps the payroll about the same, and doesn’t give up any youth.

Thoughts?

-L


29 Responses to Will the Habs sell? Of course not, stupid!

  1. Labrosse says:

    To Chicago:
    Sheldon Souray
    2nd Round Pick

    To Montreal:
    Adrian Aucoin
    Bryan Smolinski
    Peter Bondra

    why would a team who will miss the playoff like chicago want an UFA defensmen like sourray

  2. Tim_Silver says:

    THAT MTL-CHI TRADE YOU MENTIONED IS PROBABLY THE STUPIDEST RUMOR IVE HEARD..AND THATS SAYING ALOT CONSIDERING ALL THE DUMB RUMORS CONCERNING THE HABS….WHY WOULD YOU TRADE YOUR MOST TRADEABLE PLAYER, WITH THE HIGHEST MARKET VALUE RIGHT NOW, FOR AN OVERAGED WINGER, AND PAST-HIS-TIME 2ND LINE CENTER, AND AN OVERPAID D-MAN? DOESNT MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME…

    THERE ARE RUMORS THAT SAN JOSE AND ANAHEIM ARE VERY INTERESTED IN SOURAY, AND WOULD BE WILLING TO GIVE UP SOME YOUNG PLAYERS…

    MAYBE…

    TO SJ: SOURAY, COND. PICK (IF DOESNT RESIGN WITH SJ)
    TO MTL: CARLE OR BERNIER

    TO ANA: SOURAY, COND. PICK (IF DOESNT RESIGN WITH ANA)
    TO MTL: BEAUCHEMIN OR PENNER OR PERRY (I WISH LOL), MAYBE BOBBY RYAN

    WTV, TO BE SEEN WHAT MTL WILL DO AND IF GAINEY HAS A MOVE UP HIS SLEEVE…

  3. mtl_prince says:

    i love how people post; trade janne ninima for a draft pick. ahahaha, get a life, no one wants him, shesh

  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Why not? They get Aucoin off their hands for a guy making $2.5 that they won't need for the rest of the season.

  5. Lint07 says:

    Souray is FAR from being a locker room cancer.

    He actually is the leader in this team and is not affraid of telling Kovalev when he is lazy.

    And for Samsonov goes, the guy works is a$$ off game after game (he is always backchecking, doesen't make costly mistakes) and yet people call him lazy. Sometimes I wonder if people actually watch the games…

  6. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I don't see why they could get a lot for Sheldon Souray. The guy seems like a giant ass hole, and a dressing room cancer.

  7. flyer_fly says:

    Your and Idiot why the hell would Philadelphia want Samsonov he is the exact type of garbage we are trying to get rid of (see. Kyle Calder, Mike York)

  8. mkultra says:

    dressing room cancer??

    don't talk shit, when you know nothing

    he's always the guy talking to the media, while koivu have the head between the legs….he's the real captain of the habs

  9. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Idunno, most people don't take kindly to wife beaters…

  10. mkultra says:

    anaheim didn't trade wanted to trade bobby ryan for forberg i doubt they will for souray either

  11. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I'm going to be honest, unless they're playing the Maple Leafs, I hardly ever watch the Habs. So that's four games this year.

    But I can't stand Samsonov.

  12. mkultra says:

    you're right about the hawk-habs trade….why don't people let it go?

    it makes no sense

  13. mkultra says:

    rivet and ninima the second best pair d-men???

    go watch your leafs play idiot

  14. mkultra says:

    if i remember right he smacked the door open…people makes mistakes men, just like the krap you posted above

  15. Lint07 says:

    he's underachieving that's for sure and he doesen't really have an excuse for his poor stats, however he's everything but lazy IMO.

    It took 58 games for Carbonneau to make him play on the first line with Koivu and maybe spark him up… Instead he made him an healthy scratch twice and put a friggin d-men (Mark Streit) on the 1st line BEFORE trying with the guy you paid 3,5M$ and who's supposed to produce, for God's sakes!

    That's weak bad AWFUL coaching right there.

  16. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    You still don't have as bad a coach as the Leafs.

    Paul Maurice puts Bryan McCabe out with the net empty….

    Ya….

  17. Triple-B says:

    Time to Sell !!!!

    TO ANA : KOIVU AND RIVET AND 1st Rounder
    TO MTL : PERRY AND 2nd Rounder

    Anaheim doesn't need a PP Defensemen with Pronger and Niedermayer

    TO FLORIDA : Kovalev, Ryder, Whatever Goalie except Price
    TO MTL : Jokinen, Gelinas

    YOUR SOURAY TO SJ TRADE WILL HAPPEN .

  18. xJayce says:

    I doubt that teams make deals with a 'why not' mentality.

    They'd get a second round pick to show for it and they get to dump Aucoin.

    I'm thinking that Smolinski and Bondra might be able to pick up better than just a second (in my opinion). And worse case scenario, they can dump Aucoin in the AHL next season (they still have to pay his salary, but I don't think it counts towards the cap). All in all, I don't think it's Chicago's best bet.

    As for Montreal, I don't understand why people keep on talking about Aucoin. He's like a less accomplished version of Souray from what I hear, while making twice Souray's salary. He's also fairly slow. I think if Montreal wants to move Souray, they can find better.

  19. xJayce says:

    I'd heard they're not interested with trading Bobby Ryan to Montreal either. Apparently Gainey was working on a package with Souray.

    Why would anaheim want to trade a good prospect for a D? I mean, Pronger and Niedermayer. Maybe they want a bit more depth, but I doubt they'd give up the farm for it. Maybe they'd go for Aucoin??

  20. Lint07 says:

    Well when the net's empty the strategy is trying to score a goal so it is kinda obvious he's going to put your best offensive elements on the ice, whether McCabe sucks defensively or not.

    Let me know when Hal Gill plays with Mats Sundin…

  21. prospectiv says:

    LOL…  I'd surely like to see our future second line!  AND FEDORUK WILL MAKE US A THAT DANGEROUS CUP CONTENDER THE HABS FAN HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! 

    We should also trade Koivu for Yashin, Ryder for Morrisson and praise Oleg Petrov to make a comeback…  ''All the deals seem far fetched, but it improves the team, remove the rest of the players who are obvious dressing room cancers, (Koivu and Ryder) keeps the payroll about the same, and doesn't give up any youth.''

    After that, the AHL championship is DEFINITLY ours!!!

    Seriously, this guy has nothing to do…  always the first to answer back on postings and taking valuable space on this site…  Must be a Leafs fan…

  22. Uncleben says:

    WOW! Sams for Fedoruk! LOL… i thought the CHI trade was dumb, but that took the cake

  23. broc says:

    So let me get this.. Souray- one of the best Dmen in the league you can ask for on the PP and gives PP instant cred- for a guy no one wanted and still don't want (Bondra), Smolinski- who is a 2nd line center only on bad teams and def. NOT an impact player, and Adrain Aucoin- a guy with one of the worst and nearly untradeable contracts in the league?

    LMFAO. The only way you'll ever see Aucoin in a Habs uni is if Samsonov is goin back the other way. MTL certainly wouldn't be trading a good player towards another overblown contract like Aucoin.

    Leafy you really have no clue what you're doing with these proposals. Any real GM would laugh you out the door with these. Souray will get the Habs MUCH better guys than the basically all crap 3 guys you mentioned. If he does go to SJ you can expect a good prospect and probably a serviceable lineup guy- not castaways from a non playoff team. You have no idea how much bad contracts aren't worth if you think Souray would go 1 way with Aucoin coming the other. SJ knows this, NJ knows this, most people here know this. You don't. Souray goin to Chicago at all is laughable.

    With Stuart off the market how many teams would pay more now to boost their PP in the playoffs? Many is my guess. Special teams are most important then. The only question is are the Habs willing to deal? It may or may not be in their best interest. While they are battling for a playoff spot it seems unlikely to happen.

  24. Archion113 says:

    I'd trade Mike York and Kyle Calder for Samsonov

  25. blarneylad says:

    souray for bobby ryan and 1st rdp, that was a rumour, so why would montreal go from getting a solid prospect and low end 1st rdp to getting aucoin at 4mil, if we can afford aucoin at 4 mil we can afford souray at 6$

  26. saku_rulz says:

    so there is a prob between souray and kovy, and u trade souray? i'd trade kovalev! 38pts in 57gms, many turnovers, doens'Mt help youngsters, plays for his stats, plays for 3 months injured however the moment the habs need help the most MR.kovy is too injured to play!if anyone is a cancer in this team,it's kovalev! i would trade kovalev, samsonov markov! offer souray a long term deal….noone has the leadership he has in the locker room and although he does many many MANY mistakes in his zone, personally im willing to deal with them cuz
    1. he is our best player stats wise (which is pretty damn sad!)
    2. he has leadership to help our youngsters
    and if an aucoin for sammy swap is possible, i wouldnt hesitate….i think in mtl with souray aucoin could come back to what he was….+ it would give a great PP duo at the point! maybe im dreamin' but i think those are the things to do to help the team!trading souray would be a mistake unless gainey re-signs him in july!

  27. robinson19 says:

    Stick to the Leafs, man.

    Anyone following the team closely knows you can't say the Leafs were in a worse position a week ago. Maurice hasn't lost the room, and a core of veterans hasn't decided to quit on him on purpose.

    The standings might not show it (yet) but the Canadiens aren't contending ANY year without detonating this core and continuing to build around the good younger players. Also, with Komisarek Latendresse, Begin and Boullion all among the leagues elite hitters, (Boullion's numbers are down due to injury), I disagree they need toughness. They need to care and they don't.

  28. nychabfan says:

    Either option mentioned is great. Maybe extend it to include other UFAs and get as many of Ana and SJ players  mentioned above as possible.

  29. bleedingblu says:

    Dude….
    Tell me your joking. Tell me you're just making fun of the Habs fans and their crazy rumors!!!
    First of all, the habs fans seem to be laughing at the trades more than the funniest thing he wrote – " It's a tight conference, and the Habs could go from 10th to 4th in less than a month. "
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Not unless the Isles all get the Flu, the Lightning get hit by lightning, the Canes get scattered all over the state by a Hurricane and the Leafs have to wear the original equipment of the "67 Leafs… like the pro line commercial. When all this happens, then the Canadiens will finish fourth.

    To Chicago:
    Sheldon Souray
    2nd Round Pick

    To Montreal:
    Adrian Aucoin
    Bryan Smolinski
    Peter Bondra

    Seriously…… come on! Ok, throw in Youppi and call it even…. geez!

    And…

    To Philadelphia;
    Sergei Samsonov

    To Montreal:
    Todd Fedoruk

    Dude, Philly may suck but they're not retarded!!!

    Now I understand you're probably trying to be nice to them by lifting up their spirits but forget it!!! They are making fun of you!

    Will the Habs sell? OF COURSE THEY ARE!!!
    When you are looking to get rid of your top scorer, you're a seller!! When there is talk about moving Koivu and Kovalev and Samsonov, some of their big names on the team that makes them a seller.

    Happy selling Montreal!

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