Commentary

A little swap might do them good

Moving Carey Price for a LW playing in Canada could help the Habs

Originally Published: June 15, 2010
By Tom Awad and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Dustin PennerAndy Devlin/Getty ImagesDustin Penner has become an elite wing despite Edmonton's woes. Going to a contending team could be the right move for him.

Plugging Holes - Montreal Canadiens

The Hole: A big forward

Notwithstanding their playoff success, the Canadiens had exactly the kinds of problems last season you would expect from a team with a severely undersized first line. The Canadiens excelled at four-on-four hockey, outscoring their opponents 11-4, and had the second-best power play in the league, behind only the Washington Capitals. But they got pushed around in five-on-five situations, getting outshot by a terrible 263 shots (better than only the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers, two teams in the NHL draft lottery). Plus, their 130 goals at five-on-five were dead last in the NHL. Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta provide more than enough skill, but having a guy who can create space as well as bring a scoring touch would be great.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.