Do the Habs need to make a trade?


When the Montreal Canadiens blasted the Boston Bruins in the Winter Classic, they thought they’d “turned the chapter on” their tough December.

Unfortunately for the Habs, their frustrations have followed them into January. Since beating the B’s, they’ve gone 1-3-0. And with Carey Price not expected back anytime soon, they’re in legitimate danger of falling out of a playoff spot.

Last night, the Canadiens registered 40 shots on Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, only to lose 2-1. On Saturday, they put 34 shots on Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury. They lost that one, 3-1.

“We need points,” winger Brendan Gallagher told reporters. “It’s not enough to say we worked hard, that we had chances. The bottom line is that we have to bear down and put the puck in the net.”

And so today brought changes. Forwards Sven Andrighetto and Daniel Carr were sent back to the AHL, while forward Jacob de la Rose was called up to play on the fourth line. Winger Dale Weise is also expected to return to the lineup Saturday in St. Louis. He’s tied for second on the team with 11 goals. That’s right, Dale Weise. Tied for second in goals.

There’s a reason everyone’s watching GM Marc Bergevin these days, with names like Jonathan Drouin, Eric Staal, and Radim Vrbata getting raised as potential trade targets…


Look at all those losses.

And look at how many times the Habs have been limited to two goals or fewer.

“We got 40 shots against the Stanley Cup champions,” argued Therrien. “We definitely had some great chances but we can’t score. It’s not a lack of effort.”

No, it hasn’t been. But could it be a lack of talent?

That’s the question for Bergevin.