The NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and your Montreal Canadiens weren't very active, having only made two moves (1 trade, 1 waiver claim). Here's the roundup of today's deals.
1. Canadiens trade F. Andrei Kostitsyn to Predators for 2013 2nd round pick, conditional 5th round pick.
Analysis: To me, this one is a head-scratcher. A 2nd round pick is solid, however, Dominic Moore fetched a 2nd round pick, and AK is worth much more than Moore. I really expected Gauthier to trade Kostitsyn for a significant pick/ prospect, but of course, he failed to get it done. My biggest problem with the trade is that I thought Gauthier pulled the trigger way too early. If he waited until later on in the day, someone would have offered way more than what he received. Go look what Paul Gaustad's return was.
Final grade: C+
2. Canadiens claim F. Brad Staubitz off waivers.
Analysis: This move is pretty useless, in my opinion. Staubitz is a good fighter but that's about it. He's not an NHL player and is likely to spend most of his time in the AHL. Could be a nice call-up against the Bruins.
Final grade: C
All in all, trade deadline 2012 was massive fail for the Montreal Canadiens. They failed to move depth guys like Travis Moen and Mathieu Darche and failed to get rid of players like Tomas Kaberle and Chris Campoli. Most of all they failed to move their best asset, Andrei Kostitsyn, for anything useful. A 2nd round pick could turn out to be a star NHL player (P.K Subban, Milan Lucic, Shea Weber etc.), but they can also turn out to be massive busts (too many to name). Habs fans should not be happy with the results today.
Final grade: F
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