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List: Five Habs under the microscope in 2013-14

Aug 7, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

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Montreal Canadiens day on PHT continues with a look at five players that will be under the microscope in 2013-14…

Danny Briere — Signed to a two-year, $8 million contract as a replacement for Michael Ryder, Briere comes to the Canadiens as a proven scorer, particularly in the playoffs. However, the diminutive forward is also 35 with a history of concussions, and he only had 16 points in 34 games last year while playing for Philadelphia. On being bought out by the Flyers, Briere said: “Last season was definitely one where I wasn’t happy with the way things went and I’m going to do everything in my power to turn that around. I’m hoping I can prove to everyone it was just a fluke.”

Andrei Markov — Finally healthy, the 34-year-old defenseman played all 48 games in 2013, scoring 10 goals and adding 20 assists. Markov’s return to the lineup was a big reason the Habs saw their power play improve to fifth in the NHL from 28th the previous season. But with just one year left on his contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent, and with his best days behind him, it’s not totally clear how he fits into the club’s future plans. It should be interesting to see how his body holds up to a full 82-game schedule, plus the playoffs (if Montreal qualifies).

Jarred Tinordi — Unlike Markov, Tinordi is a young d-man with practically his entire pro career ahead of him. The 21-year-old son of former NHL defenseman Mark Tinordi, he’s expected to compete for a roster spot in 2013-14 after being called up for eight regular-season and five playoff games last year. At 6-foot-6, Tinordi gives the Habs some much-needed size, not to mention a willingness to stick up for teammates. “Obviously I’m a big presence on the ice. I’m a big guy, and I try to be physical,” Tinordi told CBC Hamilton. “I think that’s something that helped Montreal when I got called up. That was kind of the role I wanted to play and where I fit in with the team.”

George Parros — He won’t be expected to produce much in the way of offense, but the big enforcer was acquired in a trade with Florida for a reason. “He brings an element of respect, not only on the ice but with his teammates,” Habs GM Marc Bergevin said of Parros. “We did our due diligence. He’s a good person, a high-character guy that is well liked by his teammates and protects his teammates.” The acquisition may also allow physical forward Brandon Prust to spend more time on the ice and less in the penalty box.

Alex Galchenyuk — If there’s a future superstar on the team, chances are it’s this guy. Still only 19, the third overall pick in the 2012 draft played all 48 games for the Habs last year, finishing with an impressive 27 points. Galchenyuk’s best month was April, when he scored 12 points in 14 games. In 2013-14, he’ll be expected to maintain that level of play, if not exceed it.

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  1. nhloon - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Looks like the old North East division is trying to toughen up. Looks like the Bruins are going to have some good squads this year to beat up on.

  2. withseidelinn - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Parros is literally irrelevant on the ice, but I understand why they wanted a bigger tough guy so Prust doesn’t have to take on all the heavyweights. I hate the Habs but it would work out nicely for them if Briere can provide enough offence until Galchenyuk is a 60+ point guy.

  3. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Can’t see how or why Parros will be under a microscope. Like you pointed out, he’s high character and fills a need (Can’t have Prust fighting heavy weights). He will go about doing his job and look fabulous doing it with the stache.

    I think you meant Carey Price

    • withseidelinn - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Agreed, Carey Price will be much more under the microscope than George Parros. Parros will solely be expected to provide physicality, intimidate opponents, and be a good locker room guy. I would imagine that management would want a little bit more of their starting goaltender.

  4. girouxed - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Habs aren’t getting past the first round.

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Making the playoffs is not even sure. Don’t follow EC teams as well as WC, but the playoff contenders look like 5 – Boston, Detroit, Montrael, Ottowa, Toronto.

    Not picking a favorite (think Bos and Ott may likely have the best chances), but it looks like there will be an odd man out in this group.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Wide variation is “expert picks” (I don’t look at betting sites as they have a profit agenda in their odds).

      Bleacher Report has the order Bos, Habs, Sens, Leafs, Wings. Puck Daddy has Bruins, Wings, Leafs, Habs, Sens.

      The only thing agreed on is we all have the same top 5 in the Division.

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