According to hockeybuzz.com and a grain of salt, Shero is still in the market for a defenseman. Possibly Chris Phillips of Otawa. One would think he'd have to give up way more than a 6/7 round pick in return. I don't know if I'd part with high draft picks and/or quality prospects to make a run if I wasn't absolutely sure Sid will be back for the playoffs.
Shero makes the Neal trade either way but the Kovy trade makes me believe Sid's coming back. I wouldn't trade any prospects or a round 1 pick but anything else is fair game. They have Malkin's IR money so why not spend it. Even if Sid isn't coming back, fuck it, we saw what a hot goaltender could do last year for the Habs. Get the defense and the rest of the forwards healthy and they can still make some noise.
FWIW I think Sid's back in the lineup for round 1.