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Don Cherry is big on 2012-13 Canadiens

Oct 20, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

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When this lockout ends, the Montreal Canadiens will be looking to bounce back from their disastrous 2011-12 campaign. They will do so with a new coach and GM in Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin respectively, but they didn’t make major tweaks to their roster over the summer.

Still, there team could have a very different feel to it if Andrei Markov can stay healthy after playing in just 20 games over the last two seasons.

“He’s the guy, the key,” Don Cherry told the Montreal Gazette. “If you look at when (Chris) Pronger was with Philly, well, Markov is the stud you’ve got to have back there.”

Markov recently made headlines when implied that he might stay in the KHL. He later clarified that his priority is to come back to Montreal after the lockout.

Cherry also thinks highly of Therrien.

“In Pittsburgh, I don’t know what happened,” Cherry said. “I think he got a little carried away with things. But if you look at his earlier coaching there, I think he’s learned a few lessons to take it easy.”

He also thinks what moves the Canadiens did make over the summer, such as the additions of Colby Armstrong and Brandon Prust will provide the team with some much needed muscle.

So perhaps Montreal will bounce back once the lockout ends. Either way, they seem to come with Cherry’s stamp of approval.

  1. id4joey - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Who cares what this clown thinks? He is so passed his time. Retire already.

  2. jasndc75 - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    except that there is no more nhl

  3. id4joey - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    The NHL will be back. Unfortunately, so will Cherry.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      I agree he is an annoying clown, but heck, the Habs are currently tied with the Leafs for 1st overall in the NHL.

  4. vanindeed - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Markov isn’t the same player after all the knee problems

  5. antkowiak666 - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    i think he means”2013/2014 Canadiens”.

  6. id4joey - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Yeah! Every team is in first place and is a SC contender when the season starts. It would be nice to see these 2 cdn teams improve their ranking though. It was quite the spring cleaning in Montreal this year. Big overhaul overseen by former Canadien player and GM, Serge Savard.

  7. banger78 - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    You’re a joke, i thought you were a Leafs fan, now you jump on Montreal’s bandwagon, make up your mind you senile fool.

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