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Taylor Made To Play For The Habs

Ah the free agents’ market and the Montreal Canadiens. It’s not as bad as it is in Toronto where fans feel like every free agent wants to play for the Leafs, but it’s not far behind. Yet, Montreal has been the bridesmaid of free agency, or so it seems. In recent years, Milan Lucic, Paul Stastny and more recently Matt Duchene have all come out to say that the Canadiens were their second choice… after the teams they signed for. With his team’s performance during these COVID Cup playoffs, Habs’ GM Marc Bergevin is hoping to get over the hump and manage to convince a top UFA to give Montreal a try. Eliminating the fifth place Pittsburgh Penguins and totally outplaying the Philadelphia Flyers in spite of their series’ loss might prove Montreal to be on the upswing.

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True Power Forwards And Who Might The Habs Target

In the hockey world, there are a few topics or definitions that aren’t clear and consistent from fan to fan, media personality to media personality and sometimes, even amongst those who work for NHL teams. We don’t have to look too far to find examples of that. The Norris Trophy is supposed to go to the best all-around defenseman. Most times, they give it to the best offensive defenseman although this year, they got it right by giving it to Roman Josi. The Selke Trophy, given to the best defensive forward, too often goes to forwards who play very little, if any, on the penalty kill. Again, they look at offense.

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Forget Shea Weber: Jeff Petry or P.K. Subban?

It’s funny how time changes things. As we arrive into Fall season, leaves are changing colours, days are shorter, nights are crisper. Every living creature is getting set for the long months of Winter. Hockey fans? Well, they’re hockey fans and they too change. At least, most do. As they watch the COVID Cups Finals between the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning, most fans of the Montreal Canadiens are excited to see what team GM Marc Bergevin will do next. Although it hasn’t always been the case…

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Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmundson, History Set To Repeat Itself?

Sometimes when you’re a NHL General Manager, it’s not always about getting the big names that will necessarily improve your team. It’s rather more about having the sense of adding the right players to your team. Prior to the hard salary cap implementation back in the mid 2000’s, the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs loved signing the biggest names on the UFA market by throwing major dollars at them. Only once since 1967 has that strategy paid off, when the Rangers finally ended a 50+ years of Stanley Cup less hockey in 1994.

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Marc Bergevin Working the Phones – Five Trade Scenarios

Stanley Cup Semi-finals and we’re talking about the Habs. Rumours swirling, Canadiens’ GM Marc Bergevin is working behind the scene, working at improving his team for next season, which will be coming soon enough. Having already acquired a backup goalie, Bergevin is apparently working the phones to find a partner or two to dance with towards a trade. After all, it does take two to tango. Will he be successful? Who will it be? And when? What will be the price to pay? There are way more questions than there are answers.

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