Looking back at trade deadline day
The Montreal Canadiens made an early move before trade deadline day by acquiring defenseman Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 5th round draft pick. The deal was a head scratcher for some as to why if they already have Bouillon sitting on the sidelines and Davis Drewiske who was recently sent down to Hamilton. Bergevin has always said along with many other general managers that you can never have enough defense in this game.
Wednesday, March 5th trade deadline day
9:40am et Nick Kyperos reports that the Habs are shopping Lars Eller.
9:48am et Renaud Lavoie reports the Habs are trying to move Rene Bourque and the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders are all interested.
11:08am et Rumors start to build that the Habs and Avalanche are talking possibly revisiting the Bourque offer or something different.
11:20am et Louis Jean says nothing is imminent between the Habs and Avs but they are still talking. Canadiens fans start to recollect thoughts from previous trade deadline day’s.
11:25am et Chris Botta reports that the Canadiens may be interested in Thomas Vanek. Hab fans start to begin dreaming about Vanek being on the Canadiens roster.
12:48pm et the Habs acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Nashville Predators in exchange for the mysterious ‘future considerations’ that has been thrown around for a number of years. Cue the Carey Price is injured long-term rumors, panic began to set in when this move happened for habs nation.
Around this time Garth Snow said he started to receive some actual offers for a number of his players including Thomas Vanek.
1:24pm et John Lu of TSN reports that Devan Dubnyk has been assigned to Hamilton of the AHL and everyone breathes a sigh of relief. Further clarification by various media outlets report that Dubnyk was acquired to be an insurance policy if Peter Budaj gets injured while Carey Price is recovering.
Bewildered and disappointed Hab fans can’t believe Marc Bergevin isn’t going to acquire a big top six scoring forward.
2:36pm et Chris Botta once again reiterates that the Montreal Canadiens could be interested in Vanek. People probably begin to take this a bit more serious now. Although the big name teams such as Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Boston and others were also interested in Vanek.
At this point the Thomas Vanek deal to Montreal may have already been done if not just doing some final adjustments such as conditions of draft picks. Marc Bergevin said that this was not a last-minute deal by any stretch and that they were just waiting for the trade call to happen which was backed up quite a bit.
3:11pm et Arthur Staple reports the Islanders have indeed traded Thomas Vanek and are just waiting to hear where to. Canadien fans around the world collectively hold their breath hoping it’s Montreal, even though 99% have it in the back of their head that it is too good to be true.
3:19pm et It happened, Staple announces that the Habs have acquired Thomas Vanek. Habs nation goes into a state of shock, no words can describe the excitement going through all the Montreal Canadien fans across the world.
3:21pm et Reports come out that it is a 2nd round draft pick (2014) and a prospect heading back the other way. Please don’t let it be Beaulieu, Tinordi, Fucale, McCarron, Andrighetto, de la Rose etc…
3:23pm et Renaud Lavoie says the Habs will not move Rene Bourque. Most people thought Garth Snow would have been picking him up in the Vanek deal…just imagine that.
3:31pm et Sebastian Collberg and a conditional 2nd round draft pick for Thomas Vanek and a conditional 5th round draft pick. Habs nation erupts in utter excitement over the trade praising Marc Bergevin just hours after ridiculing him for his lack of movement at the trade deadline.
3:39pm et Renaud Lavoie reports that the Habs have not traded Markov. Close to 90% of Hab fans seem happy to have him still on the team.
Marc Bergevin has done it, he has acquired a top line winger with scoring prowess to play with Tomas Plekanec. He did not move a current roster player, 1st round draft pick or number one prospect to get the prized possession. Hab fans rejoice once again, again and again…a successful trade deadline day no doubt for Mr. Bergevin and is staff.