Last spring, you could feel the hate for the Montreal Canadiens oozing out of center Glen Metropolit when he was skating for the Boston Bruins against archrival Habs during the clubs’ heated seven-game playoff series.
Metropolit departed Boston for the riches of a two-year contract with Philadelphia last summer. But now he’s back into the rivalry, only on the other side. The Habs today, according to Habs Inside/Out, claimed Metropolit off waivers from the Flyers, who needed to clear roster room and cap space for the return of Daniel Briere.
MK: This is a solid move for the Habs, assuming Metropolit is just a stop-gap for them. He’s been a bit of a disappointment with just 4-10-14 totals in 55 games for Philly, but he always brings grit and can be a strong faceoff guy. They’ve needed some help down the middle since Robert Lang’s injury, and Metropolit — who has developed into a sort of “Swiss Army knife” of a player could help the Habs in a number of ways. Obviously, this doesn’t mean Montreal can stop looking for more productive, larger players on the trade market.