The Montreal Canadiens are just about done with an eight-day week off, playing their last game on January 30th and not returning to play until February 8th. Many fans and others around hockey thought that this would be a good time for the struggling Habs to start making changes to their line-up, perhaps with a trade or two. Some even suggested a coaching change. Yet, it’s been quiet around the Canadiens, even unusually dead considering the circumstances, with very few rumours to sink our teeth into.
There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that the team’s new management team must have been working the phones, talking to other teams about potential trades. But the fact that it looks like they will start their activities with the same roster after this long break seems somewhat odd, to say the least. I mean, it’s not like there are no changes to be made, a shortage of interest and potential landing spots for some of the Habs’ veteran players, as attested by our Rumour Mill section!
We are exactly six weeks away from the March 21st NHL trade deadline. Is the Gorton and Hughes duo as tight lipped and as good as Marc Bergevin was at holding their cards up to their chest for not getting information to leak to the media? Oh don’t get me wrong, this would be a good thing! It’s just that many people thought that the VP of Communications Chantal Machabée’s promise for transparency would include more than what we’ve seen so far.
It does seem like there have been more rumours prior to this week off, and the expectations of either seeing something happen or at least, get more rumours, would have been greater due to the timing of this week off. Perhaps even allowing players to get through the necessary quarantine time caused by the pandemic and border mandates prior to joining their new team.
Who knows, but here’s hoping that with players returning to work, things will pick up once again. With the way the season is going in Montreal, fans are chomping at the bit to see things happening, to get some action and improvements. This is likely the calm before the storm, as they say.