Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault make up two thirds of Montreal’s number one line, and both of their contracts are up this year. A lot was made of the off season Marc Bergevin had this year, but this year might be even more important.
Though close on the scoreboard, a strong performance from the Canadiens saw them frustrate the rival Leafs. After losing Victor Mete to the waiver wire and acquiring Erik Gustaffson by trade earlier in the afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens took on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre Monday night in their first game after the trade deadline.
Marc Bergevin adds the defenceman just ahead of the deadline. Minutes before the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline, Marc Bergevin made a move to add another defenceman, acquiring Erik Gustafsson from the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Montreal Canadiens played arguably their worst game of the season Saturday night losing 5-0 to a more dialed-in Winnipeg Jets team. There was little intensity or will displayed outside of a few players here and there, mostly in garbage time when the game was already out of reach.
Two weeks ago, the Montreal Canadiens had two cases of players entering the NHL’s COVID list, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia. At the time, it was a question of if a week of rest would be good for the team in this condensed schedule, or if the further condensing would be worse.
In this week’s edition of Montreal Canadiens news and rumors, it was a memorable weekend for Cole Caufield, general manager Marc Bergevin has acquired Jon Merrill from the Detroit Red Wings and placed Victor Mete on waivers ahead of the Trade Deadline and Montreal’s injured players are inching closer to a return.
There’s more than just one dimension to the player brought in to partner with Alexander Romanov. You can never have too many defencemen, especially in this condensed season and with the playoffs fast approaching.
The Montreal Canadiens return on investment came quick as Eric Staal scored the game winning goal in OT. In Minnesota the Avalanche scored four times in the second period to extend their point streak to 15 games.