- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
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Summer Skate -- Montreal Canadiens
The Canadiens put together their best playoff run in 17 years this past spring, riding goaltender Jaroslav Halak first to the playoffs and then to the Eastern Conference finals. However, less than a month later, Halak was sent packing, and the reins were handed to young Carey Price (who's not under contract yet) and Alex Auld. Can the Canadiens come close to their success of last season?
Trying to capitalize on last season's success, the Canadiens reupped one of their stars, Tomas Plekanec, but bid farewell to Jaroslav Halak. With Plekanec's production predicted to slide back, can a young defenseman make up the difference?