Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin might deny the fact that the team is in a complete rebuild, sometimes actions speak louder than words.
In the middle of the night Monday, the Habs moved their captain Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights in return for forward Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a second round pick in 2019. While the club keeps loading up on young players, Bergevin is adamant about the club not entering a rebuilding phase.
Let's just say it's not the first time Bergevin says he won't do something, but then goes right ahead and does it...
To 91,9 Sports host Jean-Charles Lajoie, this is getting ridiculous. He also believes that after the Pacioretty trade, fans should expect another star player to hit the road. Lajoie wouldn’t rule out the Canadiens moving veteran defenseman Shea Weber.
However, Lajoie wouldn’t want Weber moved to a team like the Tampa Bay Lightning, but would prefer the defender to land in either New Jersey, Carolina, Colorado or with the New York Islanders. They have cap room for his salary and the Habs would not have to retain salary.
Weber is now without his no-trade clause, which could convince Bergevin to make the move.
After all, Habs fans are already pissed off with everything that has taken place in the past few months in Montreal, so it'd better happen now. However, with Weber on the sidelines with a serious injury that could delay his season debut to mid-December, it might be a hard move for the Habs GM to pull…
"I thought I'd be ready for training camp and suddenly you get told you'll be out 5-6 months," Weber said to NHL.com. "It's a hard emotion to describe. There was a lot going through my head. When you think you are going to be out short term and you wake up to find out it's long term, it was tough at first trying to wrap my head around everything and be more positive about getting back to health."
However one thing seems clear for Habs fans: rebuiding is clearly here so why stop with Pacioretty? Why not go ahead and move Weber?
What do you think?