Habs’ Twitter Blunder… Or Not

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Sometimes, fans and media get rather desperate and this year seems to follow the trend of last year. The loss of a couple of key players from last season seems to have overtaken fans and media’s mind, even making them forget the gains the Montreal Canadiens have made this summer. This has for effect to blow little things out of proportion, even taking everything as facts even if it makes absolutely no sense. Guys like Eklund, for example, have been feeding on this for many years now.

The Habs’ fan base had a perfect example this week when a Reddit user apparently caught a glimpse at Colorado Avalanche’s forward Matt Duchene‘s Twitter account noticing that the Montreal Canadiens’ Twitter had, for a very short time, followed the centre’s account.

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It didn’t take more to make this the talk of town amongst Habs’ fans. It is no secret that Duchene and the Avalanche are not in best terms and team GM Joe Sakic has admitted listening to offers for him. It has also been well documented that the Canadiens, in desperate need of a top-two lines centre, are one of the most serious suiters for Duchene, as reported as recently as earlier this week by the most notable NHL insiders. But not so fast folk!

Common sense

Who runs the Montreal Canadiens’ Twitter account do you think? If you answer Marc Bergevin or any of the people “in the know” of classified information about such topics like trades or player signings, I’m sorry to say that you are dead wrong. And it’s not Geoff Molson either folks. No, the twitter account is maned by a few staff members in the social media section of the PR department, no more, no less.

So before taking this to the bank as the Canadiens having a deal in place for Duchene, ask yourself: would Bergevin and his team inform the Twitter account users or the NHL for an announcement? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Also, don’t you think that it’s bizarre that nobody else but this user saw that and “reported” it immediately? Further, in a world where fake Twitter accounts pop up at every trade deadline or free agency period, have you ever heard of how easy it is to photoshop something like that, to get their 5 minutes of fame?

Some are comparing this to the instance of this past summer when Alexei Emelin started following the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Twitter. We all know that Vegas ended up claiming Emelin at the expansion draft. However, those making the correlation are forgetting one important fact: a player finding out that a team will select them at an expansion draft is NOT the same as a NHL social media team staff finding out about a trade of such magnitude as Duchene to Montreal. Nowhere close, even.

Conclusion

While there is no doubt that Matt Duchene has been on the Habs Radar for quite some time, there are two possibilities, in my humble opinion:

1- It was made up and photoshop

Yes, this is the most likely possibility, in spite of the desperation in hoping that Marc Bergevin would pull the trigger to address one of the Canadiens’ biggest need. Someone feeding on the biggest fan base’s desperation, what an incredible concept, right?

2- It was a mistake

The staff tweeting from the Canadiens’ Twitter account all have their own personal Twitter account as well and it is very likely that they all use Apps and programs such as UberSocial, TweetDeck, HootSuite (just to name a few) to run their multiple accounts. If you have used those yourself, you will know how easy it is to mistakenly pick the wrong account. I’m guessing that if the image is legitimate and that the Canadiens’ account followed Duchene for a short time, it was a staff member wanting to follow him from his personal account and clicked the wrong account to do so. Realizing the mistake, the Tweet was immediately deleted.

So before letting desperation dictate our thoughts, let’s think the situation over folks. Yes, it is possible that Bergevin and the Canadiens get their hands on Duchene. They have $8.4 million reasons do to so and definitely the need for him. But if or when that happens, you can bet your pay check that the NHL and major insiders like Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun or Elliott Friedman will know and publish the news well before Mr. or Mrs. Smith working the team’s Twitter account. I’m not a betting man but I would definitely gamble on that one.

If you would like to follow Matt Duchene on Twitter, you can do so by following @Matt9Duchene. If you are wanting to do this and are handling the Montreal Canadiens’ official Twitter account, please ensure that you are doing it from your personal account, not to give desperate fans a heart attack. Go Habs Go!!!

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Matt Duchene on Habs Radar

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It’s everywhere, both on not so reputable rumour sites and in traditional media. You know that there are legs to a rumour when newspapers and television media outlets are talking about the possibility. Even more so when top insiders like Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun, Elliott Friedman and Nick Kypreos are taking time to discuss the topic. The Montreal Canadiens have enquired about the availability of Matt Duchene.

When Canadiens’ General Manager Marc Bergevin traded P.K. Subban for older Shea Weber, it became apparent to many of us that he was in a win now mode. Looking at the team so far this season, in spite of a breakout season from Phillip Danault and with Tomas Plekanec finally showing signs of live, it is apparent that this team needs another quality offensive centre.

The Avalanche are going nowhere fast, and GM Joe Sakic has stated that everyone not named Nathan MacKinnon was available… at the right price. But what is the right price? Insiders and other reporters are speculating, but it seems like Colorado wants a young established defenseman, a first round pick and a blue-chip prospect. That’s a high price to pay will you say, and you are not wrong, but when you are in a win now mode, you sometimes have to make tough decisions.

Duchene is not a rental player. He’s 26 years old and while not your typical big centre standing at 5’11” and 195 lbs, he is a 30-goals’ scorer who already has 15 goals and 32 points in 44 games so far this season. The former third overall pick in 2009 would fit very well in Michel Therrien‘s system of pressuring the puck, as he is extremely fast and a hard worker. He plays with fire and passion and he is a capable playmaker with plenty of goal-scoring abilities, as proven by his 30 goals last season.

Like others before me, I will try to put a couple of potential packages to land Duchene in Montreal and while those certainly won’t be unanimous amongst the fan base, they might just make the Canadiens Stanley Cup contenders this season.

TO COLORADO:

  • Nathan Beaulieu
  • Mike McCarron or Nikita Scherbak
  • 1st round pick in 2018

TO MONTREAL:

  • Matt Duchene

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TO COLORADO:

  • Mikhail Sergachev
  • Sven Andrighetto or “B” level prospect
  • 1st round pick in 2017

TO MONTREAL:

  • Matt Duchene
  • 2nd round pick in 2017 or prospect Nicolas Meloche

 

With both scenarios of course, the Canadiens must make room under the salary cap and they can do it by trading Plekanec and his $6 million cap hit… perhaps for a rental top-4 on defense.

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I can already hear people chasing me with torches and pitchforks for daring to trade Sergachev and I understand that. I like the kid as well as he has unbelievable potential. But it remains potential.

Never forget that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

You know what you’re getting in Duchene. He has proven his potential and his abilities are proven at the NHL level, which is not the case for Sergachev. I remember here in B.C. when Alex Edler broke into the league. Canucks fans and hockey experts saw him as a potential Norris trophy winner. He had size, skills, a great shot, made good passes. His potential was unlimited.

The fact remains that with prospects, you never know when they will reach their ceiling at the NHL level. Do you think that the Dallas Stars wanted to give prospect Jarome Iginla to acquire Joe Nieuwendyk? Of course not, but the Stars, with the help of Nieuwendyk, won the Stanley Cup that year. Yes, Iginla became a great player but ultimately, no one talks about the trade being a bad one because it also helped the Stars.

Picture having Galchenyuk, Duchene, Danault and Mitchell as the centre line. Perhaps only Pittsburgh in the East would have a better group.

Potential is great. Certainty is even better, especially when you want to become a Stanley Cup contender.