This Week in Blogs for Feb. 28
Just one day after the NHL trade deadline, many Habs fans are voicing their concerns about GM Bob Gaineyâ€™s lack of activity. Strangely, the bloggers for the most part are not â€“ itâ€™s the people, maaaaan.
Those of you who are not hockey fans may not understand the significance of Trade Deadline Day. It provides an opportunity (as office pools and EA Sports games do) for fans to become armchair GMs and envision the trades they would make to improve their teamâ€™s chances of winning the Stanley Cup.
The Habs situation is dire. They hold the final playoff spot by 1 point, and have lost 6 of their last 10 games. With starting goalie Cristobal Huet on the injured reserve, backup David Aebischer porous at best, and rookie Jaroslav Halak clearly not the next unproven rookie to take the team to the finals, readers of a few local blogs have picked up the scent of this seasonâ€™s blood in the water.
Same at HabsInsideOut, who note that the pick-up of Michael Leighton off waivers means the Habs essentially have three goalies who, combined, do not add up to one starter.
Metroblogging Montrealâ€™s weekly Habs review just states the frustration that many fans seem to be feeling: that of being so close to the action, yet unable to really participate. Much like the image that starts todayâ€™s post â€“ when the playoffs come around, the Habs players may find themselves on the outside looking in. At the very least, they will have an idea of how their fans feel.