The trade deadline is over and a lot of teams have made some changes. The Montreal Canadiens made two moves, one early in the day and one late trade that made a huge impact.
Devan Dubnyk – Goalie
The Habs received Dubnyk from Nashville for future considerations. Montreal didn’t lose anything vital, yet gained some more depth in the goaltending position. Dubnyk is expected to be a third goalie and a backup until Price is healthy again. Dubnyk isn’t great and isn’t terrible either, but he will most defiantly be a risk. The main reason he is being brought into Montreal for is to bring some more depth and to give Peter Budaj some healthy competition for the number one spot.
Thomas Vanek – Left Wing
In my honest opinion, Montreal stole Vanek from the Islanders. They only gave up prospect Sebastien Collberg and a conditional second round pick. The condition is if the Habs make the playoffs, the Islanders get a second round pick, but if they don’t, there is no second round pick attached. Thomas Vanek has 21 goals and 32 assists to give him 53 points so far with both the Islanders and the Sabres. Just imagine a second line of Vanek, Plekanec and Gionta! You have the size and power of Vanek with the speed and agility of Gionta! Then there is the playmaking skills of Plekanec! Vanek can do so much for such a small Montreal team. A team that was lacking offense and needed some help scoring some goals. Maybe Vanek can help them with that problem. With the acquisition of Thomas Vanek this should help the Habs secure a playoff spot and maybe help them go deep into the playoffs.
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