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    The team isn't as bad as they are now, and aren't as good as they were in the playoffs. Their D benefited a lot from a tighter called game and now can't slow the other team down to their speed. They have their top guys gone from last yr (Price, Weber, Danault) and in a transition. I wonder how much the cross-checking crackdown has hampered the MTL D because that's how they really cleared areas and stopped cycles last yr.

    However, the teams not built well and those older contracts are aging hard. Bergevin got a bye because of the playoff run, but he's built a poor team and it took him yrs to do so. They'll def turn it around from this start, but I think they went 2 months last yr without a back-to-back win (in a season that was only like 4 and a bit months long). The team isn't this bad, but they were almost doomed for this "crash to earth" when they sored so high in the playoffs.

    It's been only a week. Don't hit the panic yet. It's the first season of 82games since 2018-19, so there is a lot more runway for teams this yr than we prolly think, but the expectations should be squeaking into the playoffs/hopeful other teams falter, not playoff lock.

    I have faith the team can stop the blowouts though. D usually takes a few weeks to come into form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2014olympicgold View Post
    The team isn't as bad as they are now, and aren't as good as they were in the playoffs. Their D benefited a lot from a tighter called game and now can't slow the other team down to their speed. They have their top guys gone from last yr (Price, Weber, Danault) and in a transition. I wonder how much the cross-checking crackdown has hampered the MTL D because that's how they really cleared areas and stopped cycles last yr.

    However, the teams not built well and those older contracts are aging hard. Bergevin got a bye because of the playoff run, but he's built a poor team and it took him yrs to do so. They'll def turn it around from this start, but I think they went 2 months last yr without a back-to-back win (in a season that was only like 4 and a bit months long). The team isn't this bad, but they were almost doomed for this "crash to earth" when they sored so high in the playoffs.

    It's been only a week. Don't hit the panic yet. It's the first season of 82games since 2018-19, so there is a lot more runway for teams this yr than we prolly think, but the expectations should be squeaking into the playoffs/hopeful other teams falter, not playoff lock.

    I have faith the team can stop the blowouts though. D usually takes a few weeks to come into form.

    Agree with this take.

    That said, while my heart always pulls for Habs success, my head is pulling for them to finish bottom 8 and secure a beauty young stud in that deep deep draft next year, in Montreal to boot. It's a stretch to win the lottery and snag Wright, but one can dream!

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    They’ll never finish that low with this roster.. they’ll barely miss the playoffs, or miss by like 6-8 pts or something and pick like 10th or 12th lol… and so it goes for this team. Whatever, picking top 5 doesn’t guarantee much. I’ve been saying for years that the team needs a scouting and professional development overhaul; too many draft busts. That won’t fix this season though.

    I also think Ducharme and Richardson are good coaches.

    Wait and see I guess.

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