Jeff Halpern on a line with Michael Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec?  Sure, why not.

Scott Gomez re-united with Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty?  Go right ahead.

Those are some of the moves in the works as Canadiens’ head coach Jacques Martin prepares his troops for tonight’s game in Vancouver against the Canucks.  With the Habs in a tailspin which has seen them drop six of their last seven games, you can’t blame Martin (I don’t blame Martin) for shaking things up in an effort to come out of this three-game Western road trip with a point or two.

Before you hang the coach out to dry as a result of the team’s current tailspin, here are the cold, hard facts:  Jacques Martin is working with the deck that he has been dealt.  There are very few aces in this 23-man deck.




About ahefter

I have covered hockey extensively during my 30-year sports broadcasting career. From the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid to the Edmonton Oiler dynasty years, I've shared my views on hockey with listeners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. You can "catch me in action" on Youtube at the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n5BdB9ngYw My radio stops include TSN 690 Montreal, CJAD Montreal, CKNW Vancouver, and CKEY Toronto. I also ran the Canadian Press sports desk (radio). My travels as a network reporter have taken me to four Olympics, most recently Vancouver 2010. I'm currently an Applied Assistant Professor within the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.
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