NHL trade deadline: Montreal idle, losing 5-1.
The trade deadline for the 2008-2009 NHL regular season was yesterday at 3PM and only a couple of teams have decided to move players around.
Among the few moved players of importance, Olli Jokinen was worth of mention as he was traded from Phoenix to Calgary yesterday. Nick Antropov also left the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As for the Montreal Canadiens, they remained idle yesterday. GM Bob Gainey did try to move at least one player in Matthieu Dandenault as he offered the veteran defense men to the 29 other teams. But nobody was interested in him.
So Montreal did not move during this last day of trading and will have to complete the season with their actual team. The team traveled to Buffalo to face the Sabres yesterday evening. Carey Price was back in net for Montreal after leaving his spot to Jaroslav Halak for four consecutive games.
The Sabres dominated the contest to finally win by the score of 5-1.
This morning, head coach Guy Carbonneau conducted a punitive training session. The head coach's patience is running short lately with all the events that surrounded the team this last month. The team is underachieving and Guy Carbonneau knows it too well. We can also expect that Carbonneau will select Jaroslav Halak to be his goaltender for the final stretch of the regular season.
(Picture: Guy Carbonneau, Canadian Press.)