While the Canadiens need to address depth issues in their goaltending, the future of the Canadiens defense is promising. Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges are the anchors of a defense that broke in two rookies last year – Alexei Emelin and Raphael Diaz last season. P.K. Subban and Yannick Weber were in their second seasons, Behind that, a very deep farm system.
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In late November Max Pacioretty admitted he was confused about the criteria the league was using to adjudicate ‘head shots’. He had just been hit with a three game ban for elbowing Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang. Five months later and the rest of the hockey world is still trying to figure out how Shanahan makes his decisions.
The Canadiens made a big trade, would up with four of a possible six points thanks to the NHL’s reward for losing. Michael Cammalleri’s effect on the play of Tomas Plekanec, scoring chances, Alexei Emelin and more. Talking points on a Canadiens off-day.
In a swap of Czech-born defensemen, the Canadiens traded Jaroslav Spacek, an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, to Carolina for Tomas Kaberle, who siigned a three year 12.75 milliion dollar deal with the Hurricanes in July. Spacek was due to come off injury reserve for the game against New Jersey tomorrow afternnoon. Kaberle will join the Canadiens in New Jersey tonight.
With the Brian Rafalski retirement, and the possibility of 41 year old Niklas Lidstrom joining him, the Red Wings are probably taking a hard look at Canadiens’ unrestricted free agents James Wisniewski and Andrei Markov as July first signing targets. Rafalski earned six million dollars last year; Lidstrom 6.2-million. Markov and Wisniewski are part of a group of four or five UFA’s with the skill set to replace Rafalski/Lidstrom.
The usually well-plugged-in Pierre Lebrun, as part of the ESPN Daily Debate today, reported that the Canadiens are among those inquiring about defensemen Tomas Kaberle or Chris Phillips, both of whom are pending unrestricted free-agents. According to Lebrun, I was told over the weekend that both teams (the Canadiens and Bruins) have made similar overtures