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Montreal Canadiens Waiting for Trade Deadline

Matt EichelSenior Writer IMarch 3, 2009

If you're a fan of any NHL team, you want your squad to be the best it can be going into the Playoffs.

As such, fans in Montreal are getting restless for Bob Gainey to make his move.

Days after taking center Glen Metropolit off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers, Gainey recalled defenseman Ryan O'Byrne and re-assigned Kyle Chipchura to the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.

These moves can only mean one thing: A trade is imminent.

With Mathieu Dandenault and Georges Laraque both saying that they are interested in leaving Montreal, and the deadline coming tomorrow afternoon, the Canadiens are only hours away from shuffling the lineup. And it could be big change on the way.

In Robert Lang's absence, it has become apparent that the Canadiens once again need a big centerman down the middle, and that Glen Metropolit is not the long-term answer.

Steve Begin is gone, and the "grinder count" in Montreal is down to four.

With the Mathieu Schneider trade the biggest move so far by Gainey, the Canadiens are looking to deal some inconsistent players, such as O'Byrne, or perhaps even Higgins.

And with Tomas Plekanec starting to heat up, could he be used as bait in the next few hours as well?

Big moves have gone down in past years, but this season, something is different.

Everyone's waiting for the last minute for the big deals.

Guerin? Tkachuk? Who knows? 

We now, once again, play the waiting game.

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