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It’s Montreal Canadiens day on PHT

Aug 24, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Montreal Canadiens.

The Montreal Canadiens enjoyed a deep playoff run after a solid regular season in 2013-14, even if they ended up facing a few “What if?” questions considering Carey Price‘s injury during an entertaining Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Rangers.

To get there, the Canadiens swept division mates the Tampa Bay Lightning and managed to beat hated rivals the Boston Bruins in a seven-game series.

P.K. Subban was especially brilliant against the Bruins, collecting seven of his team playoff scoring-leading 14 points in that series alone. Price’s injury punctuated a season that was brilliant even if it was marred by ailments, including the issues he dealt with while helping Canada win gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Canadiens got a little younger in the offseason as Brian Gionta left town while Daniel Briere was traded for P.A. Parenteau. Adding Tom Gilbert and Manny Malhotra could pay off as subtle tweaks for a team that showed some promise last season, particularly when Michel Therrien really let the team loose.

While the Habs entered last season as a team with tempered expectations, hockey-mad Montreal will probably expect quite a bit in 2014-15, especially from Subban on the heels of his massive raise. There are plenty of reasons to believe the player and team can deliver amid those high hopes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be easy.

  1. terrier92 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Looking forward to greatest Habs

    Richard, Beliveau, Lefleur my guess

    Hate Habs but these gentleman all class

  2. govtminion - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    I’m a Bruins fan. I bleed black and yellow during the season. And my opinion of the Canadiens is… well, every bit what you would expect it to be. 😉

    So. With THAT as a preface… this team is in a good spot right now. Price is (when he’s healthy) in the prime of his career. Subban is back, and that can only be good news- the rest of the defense isn’t very flashy, but did a fine job in the playoffs of shutting the B’s offense down. Offense… not as sure here. They’ve got talent, but there’s some holes to plug with the departure of Vanek, Briere, etc.- not that they won’t do it, but there might be a bit of an adjustment period.

    I can’t see any reason this team can’t be right at the heels of Tampa and Boston at the end of the season fighting for the division lead… Which is good, because after the series we had last spring, this Boston fan wants a rematch- not out of hatred (I mean, that too), but because any time we get to watch a hockey series that hard-fought and intense, the fans deserve to get more of it.

    • bsaures - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Briere did nothing during the season and destroyed anyones production that he played with so he isnt much of a loss. Vanek vanished during the playoffs managent didnt even want him back. Montreal forward core will be better this year even just from natural progression. Chucky gally, bournival, pacioretty, sekac, eller are all guys who have major room to grow while there arent many players who will regress due to age. It may not be the flashiest group but they are very deep and all play a solid 2way game

  3. phtjoey - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    what will montreal’s d look like next season? will tinordi and beaulieu be able to play big? Steady play will have to come from the veterans while the kids learn to play day in and day in the big league.

    price will have to play BIG to cover up the mistakes made by the d as gilbert and the kids adjust.

    the bottom 6 Fs are deep enought, however, the real question is, can the top 6 Fs generate a lot of enough to give the Habs some easy wins? Or, will each game be a grind with the results depending heavily on price’s performance?

    who’s under pressure; price

    Best Habs ever; #9 Maurice “The Rocket” Richard

  4. blomfeld - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM


    What more can be said about the most successful NHL team in history eh ?
    More Stanley Cups than anyone, more scoring titles than anyone, more hockey ‘savvy’ fans than anyone, etc … the bottom line is that the Montreal Canadiens are to the NHL what a heart is to the human body !

    GO HABS !!!



    *** Top 5 All-time Canadiens ***

    1) Jean Beliveau
    2) Rocket Richard
    3) Howie Morenz
    4) Guy Lafleur
    5) Doug Harvey

    • phtjoey - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Excellent choices, Monsieur Blomfeld. Glad you added Doug Harvey to the list, the first ever offensive d man to rush the puck up the ice. Hope Jacques Plante gets his share of votes. The man is responsible for innovating the goalie position more than any other goalie or coach. if not for him, the likes of Dryden, Brodeur, Hasek, Roy, Parent, and others would not have had the careers they enjoyed.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        And wqas he not the 1st to go with a mask? Most wins… I believe that is somewhat tempered by their perfered drafting situation years back.

        What would be good to know is the most championships or win % once the NHL got to 24 teams.

      • blomfeld - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        Merci monsieur PHT Joseph …

        Je vous approuve quant à monsieur Jacques Plante, qui en plus d’être une offre de but ‘brillante’, était aussi ‘un vrai’ innovateur dans chaque sens du mot. Permettez-nous pourtant aussi pas d’oublier messieurs Worsley et Dryden pour leurs efforts ‘triomphants’ au jour. Faites attention mon ami et peut Dieu bénir les Habitants Les ‘glorieux’ de … de Montréal aujourd’hui, demain et pour toujours !!! :)


        *** for the benefit of the ‘uneducated’ among us, allow me to translate as follows ***

        Thank you Mister PHT Joey (ie: aka PHT’s most ‘intelligent’ commenter)

        I agree with you regarding Monsieur Jacques Plante, who in addition to being a ‘brilliant’ goal tender, was also a ‘true’ innovator in every sense of the word. However let us also not forget Monsieurs Worsley and Dryden for their ‘triumphant’ efforts back in the day. Take care my friend and may God bless the ‘glorious’ Les Habitants of Montreal … today, tomorrow and forever !!! :)

  5. montrealknowledge - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Briere and Vanek are not losses at all. Team will contend and let us hope Price steals a couple playoff series.

  6. clpalermo94 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    With price healthy who knows what could happened for the habs. I always love seeing the habs in the playoffs they are always a lot of fun

  7. paulerhythm - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Oh yeah, it’s gonna be a dog fight for the Habs with Boston and Tampa Bay for the Atlantic Division. Those three teams will be in the playoffs. No doubt we will see the Bruins and Habs tilt and I’m looking forward to it!

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