Besieged netminder needs to deliver
As the new roster takes time to jell, the Habs will lean on Carey Price
Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, wrapping up the Northeast Division on Monday with the Canadiens.
Summer Skate -- Montreal Canadiens
The Habs have had an interesting offseason so far. Two of their three best players from last year, Alexei Kovalev and Alex Tanguay, are gone. (Tanguay is unsigned, but the Canadiens have made it known he won't be back). The possibility of a reunion with Saku Koivu ended with his signing in Anaheim. The Canadiens responded to their losses with a blockbuster trade that brought Scott Gomez to the Bell Centre for a package headlined by Christopher Higgins, and added former Devil Brian Gionta and the ex-Flame Michael Cammalleri through free agency.
Changing the face of the franchise could help, but expect the Habs also to see some changes in production from some returning core players. And oh yeah, there's that lingering issue in the crease to address.
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