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montreal canadiens vs vancouver canucks nhlMatch Up:

The Canadiens (30-21-6) wrap up their pre-olympic homestand Thursday night when they host the Canucks (27-22-9) at the Bell Centre. The game is set to start at 7:30 and can be seen on RDS and TSN-Habs.

This is the second and final meeting between these two teams. The Canadiens earned a convincing 4-1 win in Vancouver at the beginning of the season, scoring twice on the power play and once shorthanded. Lars Eller was credited with the game winner when Dan Hamhuis got the puck tied up in Roberto Luongo’s skates and it found it’s way into the net. Raphael Diaz had a pair of assists in the match.

What to Watch:

With the recent trade between these teams it will be interesting to keep an eye on the play of Dale Weise and Raphael Diaz. Weise had 3 shots and played 12:45 Tuesday night in his Habs debut, his fourth highest ice time of the season. Diaz scored Vancouver’s only goal in a 3-1 defeat against the Bruins on Tuesday.

The other match up to watch is the goalie duel between 2 of 3 three men fighting for the Team Canada starting goalie spot in Sochi, Carey Price and Roberto Luongo. Price currently has the edge on Luongo with a .923 save percentage to Luongo’s .919, but the Canucks goalie has a 2.32 goals against average, slightly edging Price’s 2.37. After a string of rough games, Price also has 2 shutouts and just 4 goals allowed in his last 4 games, while Luongo has given up 14 goals in his last 4.

What’s at Stake:

The Habs have two games left to play before the Olympic break and with just a 4-point cushion over playoff bubble teams like the Red Wings and Flyers, every point they earn now will help set them up for the race to the end of the season. The Canadiens are also tied with the Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic division, but still hold a game in hand.

Who’s Out:

The Canadiens are still missing Alex Galchenyuk (hand) until after the Olympics. Travis Moen (lower body) and Davis Drewiske (shoulder) are also questionable.

The Canucks are missing Kevin Bieksa (foot), Christopher Tanev (thumb), Andrew Alberts (head), Brad Richardson, Yannick Weber, and Mike Santorelli (shoulder). Dan Hamhuis and Chris Higgins are also questionable for Vancouver.

What Else:

In three seasons with the Canadiens, Raphael Diaz played 128 games and had 4 goals and 37 assists. At the time of the trade, Diaz hadn’t scored a goal yet this season, but he potted one in his first game with the Canucks. Diaz has yet to pick up a point during the playoffs, he played 5 postseason games last year and finished the series against the Senators with a -4 rating. This season, the Swiss defenseman had yet to pick up a goal before scoring in his first game with the Canucks. Diaz will be taking part in his second Olympics, he’ll join former Canadien and current Canuck, Yannick Weber, on the Swiss blueline.

The Question Mark:

What was your first impression of Dale Weise and are you expecting him to sign with the Habs this Summer?

Let us know what you think, leave a comment or send us a tweet by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren. Join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

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MHT Pre-Game: Flames vs. Habs – Feb. 4th, 2014

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz and Coach K as they welcome former L.A. Kings great and Sportsnet Flames colour commentator Charlie Simmer to the pre-game show to preview tonight’s game between the streaking Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens.

Charlie Simmer Interview During The Second Segment

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habs canadiens vs calgary flames montreal priceMatch Up:

The Canadiens (29-21-6) play games 3 in their 4-game homestand Tuesday night when they host the Flames (21-27-7). The game starts at 7:30 and is on RDS and TSN-Habs.

This is the second and final game between these teams this season. The Flames handed the Habs their second loss of the season in early October, and one of just two losses in their first seven games of the year. Calgary jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win. Rookie Sean Monahan opened the scoring and picked up an assist on Calgary’s second goal.

What to Watch:

The Canadiens announced Monday the acquisition of Dale Weise from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Raphael Diaz. Weise looks to fit into the Habs’ bottom six forwards, but it’s unclear who he’ll play with. The good news for Habs fans is that the 25-year old is already having a career year in terms of points scored; the bad news is that in 44 games he has 3 goals and 12 points.

Despite a mediocre record, the Flames are on a 5-game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s game. Mikael Backlund has now strung together 4 2-point games in a row, with 5 goals and 3 assists over that span. He was named the NHL’s Third Star last week. Jiri Hudler leads the Flames with 42 points on the season. The former Red Wing is having a career year, his best prior season was 2008-2009 when he totaled 57 points.

What’s at Stake:

The Habs have just 3 games remaining before taking two and a half weeks off for Sochi and they’ve slipped down to fourth place in the Atlantic division and seventh seed in the playoff race, just two points up on the Red Wings. A win will at least let the Canadiens pace with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have a game in hand and a 2-point lead in the standings over Montreal.

Who’s Out:

The Habs are missing Alex Galchenyuk (hand), Davis Drewiske (shoulder) and Ryan White (upper body). Francis Bouillon has missed the last 6 games as a healthy scratch.

The Flames are missing Karri Ramo (knee) and Curtis Glencross (lower body).

What Else:

The Montreal – Vancouver trade marks the first trade for both teams since the season began. With just over two weeks of hockey left to play before the March 5 deadline, 21 deals have already been made this season. During the strike shortened 2012-2013 campaign there were 69 trades during the season, including 17 on deadline day. Montreal’s biggest deal last year was a swap that sent Erik Cole to Dallas in exchange for Michael Ryder and a third round draft pick.

The Question Mark:

A day later, how do you feel  about the Raphael Diaz-Dale Weise swap?

Let us know what you think, leave a comment or send us a tweet by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren. Join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

Dale-WeisePRESS RELEASE

MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday the acquisition of right winger Dale Weise from the Vancouver Canucks, in return for defenseman Raphael Diaz.

“A young veteran with 162 games of experience at the NHL level, Dale Weise is a winger with a physical style of play who brings additional toughness and grit to our group of forwards,” said Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

Weise, 25, has collected 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 44 games since the beginning of the 2013-14 season. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay. The 6’02’’, 210 lbs. forward has recorded 42 penalty minutes and 65 hits, while maintaining a 7:45 ice time per game. He has registered 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) and 185 penalty minutes in 162 NHL career games with the New York Rangers and the Canucks.

Weise, who hails from Winnipeg, was the Rangers’ fourth round selection, 111th overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. A graduate of the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos, Weise recorded 111 points (51 goals, 60 assists) in 173 regular-season contests in the juniors from 2005 to 2008.

Signed as a free agent on May 13, 2011, Diaz registered 11 helpers in 46 games this season. He has blocked 100 shots and averaged 18:53 ice time per game.

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bouruqeWith the Olympic trade freeze coming up quickly and the trade deadline coming March 5th, ten days after the Olympic trade freeze is lifted, trade rumors are coming fast and furious. The Montreal Canadiens have been part of trade rumors for the bulk of the season, with the latest rumors being them heavily shopping forward Rene Bourque. Let’s look at what the team needs and who a rumored to be on Bergevin’s radar and who might be on the outs.

Needs: Big bodied top-6 winger, second pairing right-handed defenseman, bottom-6 physical forward with size

It’s no secret – and it’s been ongoing for years – the Habs need to get bigger, though without sacrificing significant talent. Most people thought or think that Max Pacioretty is the top-line power forward the Montreal Canadiens need. However, people have to stop thinking that Pacioretty is a power forward and pressure him to play like Tomas Holmstrom because this is a waste of his talent. The truth is, “Patchy” is a sniper with size. Which means, the Canadiens still don’t have a true power forward for their top-six group. However, when you looks closely, it’s very hard to find a top line player who plays like a prototypical power forward. Players like David Backes and Milan Lucic are hard to find, and when you have them, you keep them.

The last few games have revealed another big hole in Bergevin’s team: the team lacks a second pairing right-handed defender. Preferably, the defenseman would have size and be able to play on the power play. Looking at the team’s defensemen, only Subban and Diaz are righties. With Diaz recently sitting out most games, this means the CH always have two rearguards playing on their off wing. GM Bergevin desperately needs to fix this glaring issue.

Bergevin also needs to add a big, physical forward to the bottom-six group because… well… his forward group averages for 5’11.75″ and 198 lbs. A little height and weight wouldn’t help, would it?

Rumored to be available or willing to listen to offers: Rene Bourque, Daniel Briere, Raphael Diaz, Lars Eller, Brian Gionta, Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty

A few names up their might raise a few eyebrows, but they all have popped up in trade rumors of late. First off, if Marc Bergevin ever trades Pacioretty, he’s an idiot. Sorry for the language, but there’s no other words that come to mind. Having a player who can score over 35 goals and 70 points per season at 4.5 million dollar cap hit for another four seasons… you don’t trade this.

Lars Eller and Andrei Markov are two other names who may surprise some, but their names have indeed appeared in a few rumors, for different reasons. Eller appears because of the Habs’ depth at center with Plekanec, Desharnais, and Galchenyuk also playing center. All this depth has apparently made Eller available if the right deal comes along. As for Markov, his experience and talent level makes him an attracting commodity for teams looking for a veteran power play specialist. It’s mostly because of his age – 35 years old – and his pending UFA status that has rumors swirling on his status with the Canadiens. Also, you have to remember, in order to receive, you have to give. With the other names left, don’t expect a big return for them.

Bourque, Briere, Diaz, and Gionta; what to expect in return? Not much. There were reports of the Avalanche and the Canadiens close to a deal involving Parenteau and Bourque respectively. Some reported a straight up one-for-one deal, which was totally insane on Colorado’s behalf, and some reported the fact that Bergevin’s unwillingness to add Andrighetto to the deal caused the deal to fall through, which would be a head scratcher from Bergevin’s behalf. Others report that Bergevin and/or Sakic were eyeing other players from each other’s clubs. What’s obvious though is if Montreal’s GM wants or manages to move either of them, he will have to eat up half of the pay the player’s salary. No other GM would be willing to grab one of those players at full price. As for Diaz, at this point he can only be considered as a throw in of any deal.

Rumored to be on Bergevin’s radar: Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Jamie McGinn, Ryan O’Reilly, Steve Ott, P.A. Parenteau

Everyone knows the Montreal Canadiens need to get bigger, and Bergevin seems to target the right guys, almost. Byufglien is an impressive 6’5″ 270 lbs, but everyone knows of his conditioning issues. Evander Kane is 6’2″ 195 lbs, Jamie Mcginn 6’1″ 210 lbs, O’Reilly 6’0″ 200 lbs, and Ott 6’0″ 189 lbs. All these players would help make the Canadiens a tougher team to play against. As for Parenteau, who is 6’0″ 193 lbs, he isn’t much of a physical player, but he’d definitely help Montreal’s top six group. The problem for Bergevin is all these players would require him to part with a player or players he might not want to part with.

That is the problem with trades. You have to give to receive. You can’t get one of these players named above without paying a hefty price. Eller and Markov could definitely get a good return, but both players are an important part of coach Therrien’s lineup. Trading Markov could make sense to avoid losing him via free agency, but you have to get another defenseman in return because not replacing him would greatly weaken an already weak defensive group. As for Eller, he is one of the only natural centers with size in the team. At 24 years old, Eller has shown was he is capable of. If used properly, he can be an excellent second line two-way center on any team.

There’s no denying the Montreal Canadiens need serious help. They have a serious lack of size, a weak defense that relies way too much on their goaltending, and an offense that lacks physicality. Bergevin has a lot of work to do, and making this team a Stanley Cup contender will take some time. What say you? Should Bergevin trade a few pieces or stand pat and keep building for the future?

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