Do you miss PK Subban?
Maybe just a little, but Montreal Canadiens fans must be happy with newly-acquired defenceman Shea Weber. His shot continues to be scary, but it’s the return of the man behind him, the soul of the franchise, Carey Price.
After their 3-0 win against the Canucks where they were outshot 42-21, the Habs might want to bolster their defence. Montreal’s General Manager Marc Bergevin is probably looking for a top four defenceman that can contribute defensively. Obviously they won’t get PK Subban back, and you’d hope they don’t look for a Kris Russel-type player.
The Canadiens have a stronger right side of defence with Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, and Greg Pateryn. Their left side comprises of Alexei Emelin, Nathan Beaulieu, and Andrei Markov. Elliotte Friedman pointed out in his 30 Thoughts article that the Montreal Canadiens want to add a defenceman. The Habs are likely exploring the replacement of Emelin this season knowing that Markov will be replaced by Mikhail Sergachev next year. Knowing that the Habs need a top-four left-shot defenceman, who does Bergevin look to as a replacement for Emelin?
Jamie Oleksiak – Dallas Stars
Six foot six left-shot defenceman Jarred Tinordi couldn’t crack the lineup with the Canadiens last year, so why not try six-foot-seven defenceman Oleksiak?
Okay seriously, who should the Habs acquire?
He has less of a personality and he’s a “GOOD CANADIAN KID” that’s playing for Vancouver’s AHL affiliate Utica Comets. If only he shot left.
Clayton Stoner or Kevin Bieksa – Anaheim Ducks
The Habs like gritty players that are paid over three million dollars. Shea Weber, Andrew Shaw, and Paul Byron are just a few. The Ducks could use a forward in Michael McCarron. Both Stoner and Bieksa have contracts that are due until 2017-18, in Bieksa with a four-million dollar cap hit and Clayton Stoner at $3.25M. However, neither defenceman is a top-four type of defenceman. The Habs probably want Cam Fowler, but as Elliotte Friedman pointed out, he’s not available.
John Moore – New Jersey Devils
A puck moving defenceman that also has defensive prowess. He’s propelled the Devils to where they were last year (aside from Cory Schneider), and he probably is an untouchable defenceman for the team.
Brandon Manning – Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers have Ivan Provorov, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Brandon Manning as the future of their defence core. If the Canadiens want a strong left-side defenceman to play with Jeff Petry, Manning could be that player. Manning has surprised many this year, scoring two goals and five assists in just 11 games with the Flyers.
The Canadiens are looking for a left-side defenceman that can be a huge improvement over Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov. As always, a contender is always looking for that one player that can significantly strengthen their roster. For the Canadiens, is that player Brandon Manning? John Moore? Does Bergevin surprise us with acquiring Jarred Tinordi’s copy, Jamie Oleksiak?
Seriously though, Carey Price is all the defence Montreal needs.