Wednesday, June 21, 2006

My views on the upcoming offseason for the Canadiens...

Hey all!

It's been a slow week on the blog so far. But if a post on the Canadiens can't spark interest again, I don't knoe what can.

So, we've hear it all so far. There's rumours going around that Lecavalier could be coming to Montreal for Aebischer. People are talking about the Canadiens making a run at a #1 defensemen, and the names of Chara, Redden, Jovanovski and Lidstrom have been mentioned. it is also said that the Canadiens are looking at bringing in Jason Arnott and Tie Domi, and that Bob Gainey might have an eye on getting Todd Bertuzzi.

Well, first, let's put to rest some of these rumours. As sad as it may be, Lecavalier will not be in a Montreal uniform next year. I don't think Jay Feaster will trade. In my mind, Feaster would prefer to get less than market value for Martin St.Louis can getting a fair exchange for Lecavalier. Lets' face it: Lecavalier is exteremly popular in Tampa. This year, we saw Mike O'Connell get sacked for trading Joe Thornton, and I do not think that Feaster would dare take the same road. That being said, the reports of Feaster and Gainey talking are apparently true. If something ever gets done between those 2 teams, we might indeed see Aebischer move to Tampa, perhaps with Mike Ribeiro or Michael Ryder following, in exchange for a Ruslan Fedotenko or Frederik Modin. But Lecavalier will stay put.

As for getting a big-time defenseman, again, I don't think that will happen through free agency. It looks like Ottawa will be able to retain Redden. Chara might be on his way out, but he would prefer to play in the NY area. Lidstrom will stay in Detroit. As for Jovanovski, there are 2 possible scenarios: either the Canucks trade Bertuzzi and sign Jovo, or he's deading to the Panthers.

Which brings us to Big Bert... is there a chance he might end up in Montreal? Maybe. But it is a very small chance. First, the Canadiens biggest bait right now is Aebischer (taking for granted Gainey will resign Huet). But the Canucks already have Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld, who played really well this year. After that, the Canadiens could offer Ribeiro, but the 'Nucks are set at center. So that leaves Michael Ryder. They could package him with Sheldon Souray, and there's been talks about such a trade happening. But will someone offer more? My bet is yes.

So we are left with Jason Arnott. I think there is an 80% chance of him winding up in Montreal as a free agent. He knows Carbonneau and Gainey very well, and more importantly, they know him very well. He could become that dangerous 2nd center the Canadiens so desperately need. His arrival would probably mean that Ribeiro will be shopped around the league. My guess is, he will be shipped somewhere in the western conference for a 3rd or 4th defenseman. I also think Huet will stay, and I don't believe Aebischer will be leaving. The Canadiens would do well to enter the season with both, making goaltending a position of strenght on the roster.

Bob Gainey likes to build from within, and so I don't see Montreal being that active in free agency. I think he will make a run at Georges Laraque, and he might get him. He'll likely bring Arnott in the fold. And with Sundstrom, Ribeiro, Bulis and Zednik likely heading elsewhere, it will make room for a couple of young guys to come up. If he can get a solid, physical (if unspectacular) defenseman and keep his goaltending duo, he will turn the Canadiens into serious contenders.

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People are talking in the land of Led Zeppelin fans, as well as in the land of Tea Party fans. Rumours of a collaboration between famed Led Zep guitarist Jimmy Page and Tea Party mastermind Jeff Martin started a few months ago when, after releasing his first solo record, martin made allusions to the partnership in interviews. What's the link, you will ask?

First, Martin and Page are acquaintances from long ago. Back in 1995, when Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (for those who don't know, he was the singer for Led Zeppelin) played in the Montreal Forum, a young band by the name of The Tea Party opened for them. After the show, Page met Martin and the two became friends. And it doesn't stop here. The drummer on Jeff Martin's solo record, Michael Lee, was also behind the drums when Page and Plant recorded 'Walking into Clarksdale' and played with them throughout the world tour.

So the story goes that after spending a week in Ireland working with Jeff Martin, Lee told him about secret sessions he and Page had, where they recorded 16 songs. They tried to get Robert Plant back in the fold, but Plant already had his 'Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation' project going on. So Lee asked Page about getting Martin in to write lyrics and perform vocals, and apparently Page loved the idea.

So, right now, rumours are swirling around that Jimmy Page and Jeff Martin have actually spent some time in the studio together (none of this is confirmed) and that the new stuff sounds very middle-eastern-ish. One thing I've learned though, is that rumours in the music business are a lot less likely to happen than in sports. So, I'm not taking anything for granted. But Jimmy Page and Jeff Martin are two of the greatest artists rock n' roll has ever blessed with. And if such a partnership ever happens, we might be treated to one of the great rock albums of all time. In my mind, such a project would likely bring Page back into the limelight, and could become Martin's crowning achievement. As a big music fan, all I kind do for now is cross my fingers and hope this doesn't fall between the cracks, as so many projects are doomed to.

Dwarf out.

23 Comments:

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Very good blog, Dwarf, very good blog.

I am impressed with all the gossip you're getting on the Habs. Maybe it's through reading La Presse and everybody knows what you're talking about, but for me it's all good stuff. It would be good to get Lecavalier, but it would be even better to get Georges Laraque...

With Gainey at the helm, I'm sure the Canadiens will win a Cup in the next few years. It's now 2 seasons in a row that Le Canadien has lost against the Stanley Cup winner. First time against the Lightning, they didn't do much, but this year they could have won the serie...

Hey, Protege, as I am writing these ligns Brazil is kicking Japan's ass all over town!!

I would write more, but I am very tired, so I will go home and have a sleep.

And to try to stir a bit of conversation on this blog, I will ask openly to the Dwarf:
Who was that lady on the Net you were talking to yesterday night (for all you bloggers, MarkyMark AND the Funky Bunch dissed me out yesterday cuz he was having a conversation on the Internet...)

 
At 5:24 PM, Anonymous huy said...

sorry fellas, i'm back.......been busy with the cma exam.


yes, the japan ass kicking hurts, but ronaldo is in my pool, so that kinda appease my pain.

i don't know why the dawrf dismiss all those rumors so easily, the habs do have a lot of asset to trade...if you consider zednik and cancer boy as assets....

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Protege, I don't want excuses, I want results!
SO get your ass on the blog. And RE-READ my comments - I ahev giving SOME GOSSIP ON THE DWARF- YOU NEED TO REACT TO THIS!!!
And you shouldn't sell Koivu - he is gooood and he's got heart. He's got the CH grave on the coeur, and you don't fuck with that.

 
At 4:26 PM, Anonymous huy said...

first off, the dwarf talking on the phone with his mother is nothing to gossip about...

about, the guy has heart, he gives everything he has.......which is in part the problem, because he doesn't have much to offer.....he's being paid like a #1 center when he has the talent and ability of a #2 center(who is also injury prone)....you my mentor, who is in business, should know, winning has nothing to do with personnal attachment..........if he can get value in return, i say trade him.......as a canuck fan, i'm appalled to see what is happening to this organization......i suspect dave nonis is steve moore's lover......

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger Veillotron said...

In-Ger-Land!!
In-Ger-Land!!
In-Ger-Land, Na-Na!!!
(for all you ignorant North American idiots, this is the theme song of England which is being sung here...)
So, ENgland keeps on playing like shit, and they keep on winning. If this goes on, they will win the World Cup in the most boring fashion ever... I hope they do wake up against Portugal (especially since it is ortugal who kicked England out of the Euro 2004 contest...). But then again, they might not, and they might not veen need it, since The Dick's Potheads team (which will be back home by the time I write this, smoking their pot) has decimated them with red cards and beautiful injuries...

And today, I predict that Ghana will win over Brazil - in fact, I have £20 riding on it...

The Dwarf, I recommend you for not going to Ste-Agathe before seeing the England game - and Beckhan rewarded you with a beautifull free-kick...

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger The Dwarf said...

He did...

Beckham did score a great goal. I am so proud of him, bending it like that...

Anyway, England is playing like crap, but it's not how you win it but how many you win that matters.

In-Ger-Land!
In-Ger-Land!
In-Ger-Land! Na Na!!

 
At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Sweet fuckin' LP said...

How's the new flat Veillotroune?

Could we have a pool update? I must still be dead fucking last; the Orangemen being out now (I picked them to win... fucking idiot...), there will be no cinderella story for me this year. I guess it's a good thing this pool was free. The winner can stick the golden 14.00$ plastic piece of shit up his ass!

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger Nick the Dick said...

Portugal won the dirtiest game ever at the WC. And I hope they get killed by England on saturday. I'm in trouble too since I had pick the Netherlands too to win...

BTW - can we stop talking about hockey now!?!?!?!? It's over and I don't care about the new season at all at this point.

Let's talk about Dwarf? Who is SHE !?!?!?!?

 
At 9:01 AM, Anonymous huy said...

The Dwarf is a porky built man in his late 20's. His diet consist of chips pizzas and coke (not pepsi). Some say his cholesterol level is higher than his save percentage when he plays goalie. A bit of a sexual deviant, he gets aroused by listening to Enya and Yanni. Last but not least, he owns a pair of leather pants, yet no band in the world has aclknowledge that he is their lead singer.

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous huy said...

for further information, please visit: www.lard-ass.com

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger The Dwarf said...

Huy,

you can kiss my unproportionally huge ass. And by the way, those leather pants are a thing of the past... My lard ass doesn't in them anymore.

The Dick, if you want news, talk to your girlfriend... she knows her way around gossip.

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger Nick the Dick said...

Dwarf, let your little cousin Julie alone! 100 years ago, it might have been acceptable to go after a cousin, but genetic disorders in some populations seem to indicate that they are some bad things associated with that kind of behavior.... and you don't want to mess up the family genetic, right?

 
At 6:08 AM, Blogger Veillotron said...

The Pool update will be send around soon...

While there is one day off of Football, here's a little somthing about Hockey that I though was interesting - Dan Marino is rumored to be interested in buying the Pittsburgh Penguins, to make sure the franchise stays in the city... Soon, Crosby will be making Isotoner gloves commercials...

 
At 10:20 AM, Anonymous padawhuy said...

wow, i'm in the lead??? how the hell did that happened? i guess it helped that ronaldo stopped picking his nose and start playing.

 
At 10:20 AM, Anonymous padawhuy said...

wow, i'm in the lead??? how the hell did that happened? i guess it helped that ronaldo stopped picking his nose and start playing.

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Protege, have you rebranded yourself?

 
At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Mace Huydo said...

i must say, winning that pool makes me nervous now, theres no telling what a life size world cup shoved up my ass can do to my colon.

 
At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Sweet LP said...

I think the most pain (or pleasure, depending on your preferences) will come from trying to get it out (unless your anus has become a interstate highway in the last few years-I don't know what ou do with your free time young padawah...)

Just send me the x-ray!

 
At 7:38 PM, Blogger Nick the Dick said...

Sweetie, thanks for sharing your knowledge in the matter. It is now obvious why you're spending so long in school!

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Hey Guys, I went and checked it out, and this is official:
THIS IS THE BIGGEST BLOG EVER! We beat Snoop Dogg's blog of 17 comments, so we can all give ourselves a big tap in the back...

I am depressed at the moment, because yesterday, I had 75% chances of going to see England vs. Portugal, all expenses paid by UBS (and yes, the usual 5-stars hotel and flying business). This would have been un-be-lie-va-ble. Anyway, today this 75% chances turned into 100% chances of going to see instead Italy-Ukraine (OK, not as cool, but this is still the quarterfinals of the World Cup, the best seats in the HOuse...).
But, as always, I got fucked with work and it is now 100% that I cannot go because some dumb-ass CEO wants to discuss in person how much it would hurt to take out a World Cup out of his ass.

 
At 2:31 PM, Blogger The Dwarf said...

I feel your pain Veillotron... I feel your pain...

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

hey Dwarfoun, c'est quand le prochain blog?
as-tu le writer's block?
Si tu veux un sujet, en voila une couple (relie au football, la Coupe du Monde est a son fort):
Kahn/Lehman (les 2 goalkeepers allemands) - Lehman est-il le bon choix?
Encore mieux, le football italien: Juventus, AC Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina- tous coupables d'arranger les parties? Quel impact sur le football?

 
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