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1 15th June 04:49
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I was just surfing around the net looking for stats on Richard Zednik and
came across a very good article on hockeytraderumors.com . The person who


Anyways, here it is...it is a LONG read...

HABS Report Card

"After the Canadiens horrible effort versus the Panthers last night it's
obvious that they will NOT make the playoffs, or do VERY poorly if they do.

Here then, is a report card, player by player, and whether or not an
individual player is trade-bait and why.

Quintal, Stephane #5 D 6-3 228

Quintal is a rugged, solid, stay-at-home defenceman. And that's the key
here, stay-at-home. When he strays away and tries to do too much on the
offence is where his mistakes occur. He will stand up for his team and drop
the gloves.
Trade-Bait: NO
The Habs need more guys like Quintal, tough and dependable on the blueline.
Grade: B

Koivu, Saku #11 C 5-10 181

Koivu is basically the heart and soul of the Canadiens. He gives his all
every single night. He plays tough, he's smooth with the puck and on his
skates. He's currently ranked, 23rd in the NHL for points. He does on
occasion cough up the puck but it's usually when he's trying to come off a
shift. Otherwise plays a good 2-way game.
Trade-Bait: No
If ever there was a player on a team that is untouchable it would be Koivu.
What he's accomplished as a person, a player and a philanthropist (Saku
Koivu Foundation) is truly remarkable.
Grade: A+

Petrov, Oleg #14 LW 5-9 172

Petrov is one of the most flashiest and the most frustrating player to watch
in the NHL. He works his butt off to get to the net, yet can never finish a
play. He dazzles around every defender and then fizzles when it's time for a
shot or a pass. Not a very good defensive player, due to his size or lack
thereof. He's seen his time in the press box this year and will likely see
more of it until the end of the season
Trade-Bait: Yes
Although Petrov is trade-bait it would be very difficult to get a player in
return for him. More than likely a late draft pick or packaged in a deal.
Grade: D

Zednik, Richard #20 RW 6-0 198

Zednik has been a pleasant surprise for the Habs this year, although his
play as of late has slowed down. He's fast, powerful legs and would much
rather crash through a group of defenders than deke around them. Has a very
good shot and scoring touch. His defensive game leaves alot to be desired at
times. He hits hard when he does decide to play that style, using his
powerful legs to drive opponents to the boards. Can also be an instigator in
front of the net.
Trade-Bait: No
The Habs need another aggressive-type skater and player like Zednik.
Grade: A

McKay, Randy #21 RW 6-2 210

McKay was brought in as an UFA in the off-season to help the Habs checking
line. Although he started out the season looking very good, he has slowly
turned into a major flop. Scoring goals from time to time would help his
situation. No one expects him to score 20 or 30 goals, but potting in at
least 10-15 goals is not too much to ask. His play in front of the opposing
net consists of him knocking players into his own goalie and then getting
dumb penalties.
Trade-Bait: Yes
A contending team might want McKay for his tough play if they can somehow
keep him out of the penalty box.
Grade: C-

Dackell, Andreas #24 LW 5-11 195

Dackell might be Petrov's brother since he misses just as many scoring
opportunities. He's a good penalty killer, but with the acquisition of
Sundstrom needs to step up his scoring. Has been a healthy scratch a few
times this and with good reason.
Trade-Bait: Yes
Right now the Habs are the least penalized team in the NHL, therefore his
services are slowly coming to an end since acquiring Sundstrom. Packaged in
a deal is the way to go.
Grade: D+

Kilger, Chad #25 C 6-4 224

Kilger is having a very disappointing season. He's big, has a good shot and
is an immovable object in front of the net and he can hit. Thus far he has
done none of these things. Perhaps be juggled from line to line and visits
to the press box have not helped, but even so, a player of his size and shot
should be able to score at least 15-20 goals a season. Plays a decent
defensive game.
Trade-Bait: No
Even with all the negatives the Habs still need Kilger's size and toughness.
Should McKay be dealt he would fill in his spot right away.
Grade: C

Czerkawski, Mariusz #27 RW 6-1 200

Czerkawski is finishing off a very strange season indeed. Being put on
waivers and sent to the minors I'm sure was not in his plans before the
start of the season. While with the Bulldogs he put up some good numbers and
was named AHL Player of The Week. Somehow, that does not add any credibility
to his name. After coming back from the minors he had a good run but now has
gone back to his poor play. He's not a very good defensive player either,
which I'm sure is the least of his worries at this point.
Trade-Bait: Yes
Although, it would be VERY difficult to move him after no one in the league
picked him up off the waiver-wire he could be moved in a package deal.
Grade: F

Dykhuis, Karl #28 D 6-3 210

Dykhuis is a decent stay-at-home defenceman. He does not use the body very
much despite his size and is limited on the offense as well. Although he
does try every night he still makes alot of errors at the blueline when it
comes to keeping the puck in. He seems more concerned about not getting hit
by an opposing player rather than focusing on his play.
Trade-Bait: Yes
Dykhuis is trade-bait only for the simple reason that next year there will
be no room for him. Younger defencemen will be breathing down his neck.
Grade C

Sundstrom, Niklas #37 RW 6-0 200

Sundstrom thus far has played fantastic on both sides of the game, making
Andre Savard look like a genius. He's solid, skates well, digs in the boards
and has scored a handful of goals for the Habs. Is a very good penalty
killer.
Trade-Bait: No
Who would have thought that the 3-way deal between the Habs, San Jose and
Boston would have tipped in favor of the Habs. Hackett playing under 500 in
Boston, McLaren putting up only 1 assist with 14 PIM and a -3.
Grade: A

Bulis, Jan #38 C 6-2 201

Bulis has really come on as of late. He's speedy, an accurate shot and can
deke the pants off any defender or goalie. Bulis has finally, since the
arrival of Julien and Sundstrom given the role of a sniper and since then
has shown what he can do. Still needs to work on his face-off winning
percentage, but is more than likely to keep playing the wing as he has done
lately.
Trade-Bait: No
Bulis is young, fast and determined it seems to make his mark as a scorer
ala Zednik.
Grade: A

Brisebois, Patrice #43 D 6-2 203

Much has been made of Brisebois' play lately and with good reason. He makes
very bad choices in his own end, which more often than not costs them goals.
His upside is that he has a great slap shot from the point, which helps the
powerplay. The fans certainly do not help matters by constantly booing him
every chance they get. Brisebois should seriously try to find a way to block
out the fans and just play his game. In years past his defensive game was
excellent and now he is just a mere shell of those years. He never really
played a very physical game from day 1, so no one should be surprised in
that department.
Trade-Bait: No
Brisebois has a no-trade clause in his contract and therefore cannot be
traded unless he waives his rights. He has said recently on RDS.ca that he
never requested a trade and wants to keep playing for the Habs. Personally,
I think Brisebois has alot to offer the Habs if he would just concentrate on
his game and not the media or fans.
Grade: C+

Bouillon, Francis #51 D 5-8 189

What Bouillon lacks in size he makes up for in heart and determination. He
hits very hard for a guy 5'8" and 189. He's very fast and can join the rush
with ease. On occasion he does get pushed around in back of his net but
always jumps back up and gets in the play.
Trade-Bait: No
Bouillon, although small can still offer alot to the Habs with his hard work
thus far. He's been trying to crack the line-up as a regular for some years
now. If he could be paired-up with a bigger stay-at-home defenceman, which
he has recently, there might be a place for him next year. Although more
than likely will be used as a reservist.
Grade: B+

Rivet, Craig #52 D 6-3 201

Rivet is a tough, rugged defeceman that can hit. He has a decent shot from
the point but tends to cough up the puck too often when he tries to deke his
way out of his own end. Is very vocal on the ice and tries very hard to
inspire his teammates on the bench. Although good defensively he does not
have much to offer offensively and he is a slow skater.
Trade-Bait: No
The Habs need Rivet's size, toughness and leadership.
Grade: B

Traverse, Patrick #54 D 6-4 207

Traverse is one of those guys where you wonder how in the world he became a
NHL player. He's not all together horrible but he's far from NHL-caliber.
He's a good skater and has a decent shot when he calls up enough courage to
actually take one. Despite his size he does not play tough at all. He gets
pushed around by smaller forwards in the league. And when a scrum ensues in
front of his goaltender and comes face-to-face with an opposing player he
lowers his eyes and skates off.
Trade-Bait: Yes
Not sure if they CAN trade him. They might as well just place him on waivers
and hope some one will pick him up.
Grade: D-

Theodore, Jose #60 G 5-11 185

Ah, Jose Theodore, before the start of the season the mere mention of his
name would conjure up a player the caliber of a Roy, Brodeur and Hasek. I
mean this is the man who won not just the Vezina but the Hart as well! With
20 games to go, you wonder what exactly happened along the way. At times it
seems that his defencemen are hanging him out to dry and other times he just
looks plain awful on his own. He has shown some flashes of brilliance along
the way but they have been few and far between. Which leads me to this...
Trade-Bait: Yes
Call me crazy if you will but unfortunately there is obviously SOMETHING
wrong. Are his players jealous of his salary? Were some heated words
exchanged after the Carolina series last year? Some have said that Theo felt
betrayed by his own players after that series and let his feelings be known
in the dressing room. Rumors? Maybe. Either way, it makes sense for the Habs
to start fresh with the next goalie, Garon. The Habs could possibly trade
Theo to a team that is desperate for a goalie to make a play into the
playoffs and in return the Habs could get some much needed size on the D
and/or some young scoring touch. He still has some value right now, good
time to pull the trigger.
Grade: D

Garon, Mathieu #30 G 6-2 182

After playing only 2 games this year he has certainly impressed alot of
people. 1 shutout and 1 goal against. Is indeed more flexible and more agile
than Theodore. Posted a ridiculous 1.77 goals against average for the
Hamilton Bulldogs before being called up. For now will continue to be a
backup even though he has #1 written all over him.
Trade-Bait: No
The Habs will need to either play him in 8 more games or sign him to another
contract before season's end or they'll lose him to free agency.
Grade: B+ (only 2 games)

Ribeiro, Mike #71 C 6-1 176

Ribeiro is a very flashy, fast and skilled player. There's only one problem,
he does not show up every night. Gets pushed around alot because of his lack
of size. Seems almost afraid at times to go in the corners. Excellent hockey
mind, sees and reads plays very well when given the opportunity. When he
scores they almost always are highlight-reel goals. Needs to find his role
on the team and stick to it.
Trade-Bait: No
Ribeiro is one of those players that need ice-time to improve his skills.
Unfortunately for him his coaches are forever putting him on the 4th line.
The checking line is not where he should be playing his prime years.
Grade: C+

Markov, Andrei #79 D 6-0 203

Markov is a speedy, offensive and near error-less defenceman. He possesses a
wicked shot from the point and can carry the puck with relative ease.
Fantastic on the power play. Only negative is that he gets pushed around
alot by some bigger players and needs to put on some weight. Although
hitting is not part of his game he will on occasion lay some body. Currently
has 30 points and is a +11.
Trade-Bait: No
Markov is the future of the Montreal Canadiens blue-line along with Ron
Hainsey and Mike Komisarek.
Grade: A+

Hossa, Marcel #81 LW 6-2 212

Hossa has the same skills as Ribeiro, flashy and speedy. Is more of a goal
scorer than playmaker. His defensive game is non-existent at times. Has good
size and sees the play well but tends to rush and shoots at anything given
to him. (Which is not a bad thing in Montreal these days.)
Trade Bait: No
The Habs need to build on players like Hossa and Ribeiro for their future.
He's young and has plenty of time to adapt to the NHL style, much like his
brother Marian who is now a premier scorer in the league. But playing on the
3rd or 4th line will not help.
Grade: C+

Juneau, Joe #90 C 6-0 194

Juneau is having a relatively mediocre season compared to last year. He's
primarily being used as a penalty killer. Even as a penalty killer Juneau
needs to find a way to start scoring at least 10-15 goals. It's all good to
play defensive but if you're not scoring...
Trade-Bait: Yes
Juneau could prove to be a very versatile player for a team that needs to
complete their penalty kill line for the playoffs.
Grade: C+

Gilmour, Doug #93 C 5-11 177

Gilmour even at his age is still going strong. He always finds a way to get
timely goals or set them up. At times he skates his age and others like he's
re-born. Brings good experience to any team. Is willing to block shots and
go in the corners.
Trade-Bait: Yes
He would be very difficult to let go of since he brings alot of experience
to the Habs. Unfortunately the Habs need size and youth right now. Trading
Gilmour to a contender might be what he needs and what the Habs need if they
can pick up a player for him.
Grade: A

Perrault, Yanic #94 C 5-11 189

Perrault is by far the best face-off-man in the league right now. He has
good hockey-sense, is rugged and can play a good 2 way game. He is Mr Clutch
when it comes to getting timely goals for the Habs although not as of late.
Trade-Bait: Yes
This may surprise many but sometimes you need to trade quality to get
quality. And Perrault has the quality of being the best face-off man.
Grade: A

Canadiens final Grade C+

The Canadiens although going for a playoff spot are going to go nowhere with
their present team. As stated in my ****ysis above the following players
must either be traded and/or placed on waivers to improve the team with
young, big scoring forwards or tough defencemen.

Perrault, Gilmour, Juneau, Theodore, Traverse, Dykhuis, Czerkawski, Dackell,
McKay and Petrov.
Of course not ALL of these players will be traded but a good portion of them
should be to improve the team before the deadline or for next season.

I'd like to hear now from those of you who have an opinion as to who exactly
they could get for some of the players mentioned. Or perhaps your own take
on who should be moved? I realize that trading Theodore would be a stretch
for sure but just think how it could help them in the long run.
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2 15th June 04:49
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"nul" <nul@videotron.ca> wrote in message news:fvWlb.18008$nP4.114782@weber.videotron.net...

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3 15th June 04:49
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Czerkawski, Mariusz #27 RW 6-1 200

Czerkawski is finishing off a very strange season indeed. Being put on
waivers and sent to the minors I'm sure was not in his plans before the
start of the season. While with the Bulldogs he put up some good numbers and
was named AHL Player of The Week. Somehow, that does not add any credibility
to his name. After coming back from the minors he had a good run but now has
gone back to his poor play. He's not a very good defensive player either,
which I'm sure is the least of his worries at this point.
Trade-Bait: Yes
Although, it would be VERY difficult to move him after no one in the league
picked him up off the waiver-wire he could be moved in a package deal.
Grade: F

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...........

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4 15th June 04:50
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Yeah, you're right. Got myself all confused, trying to say it was based on
the 2002-2003 season. Hehe...Honest mistake... : )

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experience

Trading

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6 21st June 00:53
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interesting read nonetheless

if you substitute "not wanted on the team" for "trade bait" - it reads
even better. with the exception of Jose and Perreault, it seems like a
fair evaluation. Hats off to the author.
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