The Montreal Canadiens were busy just days before the start of the regular season. The Habs ended months of speculation, dealing veteran goaltender Peter Budaj and Patrick Holland to the Winnipeg Jets for F Eric Tangradi.
The writing was on the wall for Budaj after Dustin Tokarski started in last year’s playoffs following the Carey Price injury. Coach Michel Therrien’s decision to start the young Tokarski instead of Budaj basically sealed Budaj’s fate.
Peter Budaj posted solid backup stats last season, including 10 wins, a .909 SV%, a 2.51 GAA, and a shutout in 24 games.
Beyond solving the logjam in their crease, the Montreal Canadiens also received forward Eric Tangradi from the Jets.
Perhaps Tangradi can strengthen the depth chart for the Hamilton Bulldogs and earn a call-up during the season. However, this trade seems to be more about salary relief and respect for a veteran netminder than about acquiring Tangradi’s limited services.
Christian Thomas and Darren Dietz Join Dumont, Drewiske, and Bowman as Roster Cuts
Jacob De La Rose, Jarred Tinordi, Francis Bouillon, and maybe Travis Moen are considered to be on the bubble for the final cut, though, Moen and his one-way contract and leadership skills is probably safe.
What do you think, Habs fans? Did the Montreal Canadiens make the right decisions in trading Peter Budaj and demoting Thomas and Dietz?