Bergevin Has Already Improved the Habs But How Much Better Will They Be?

Crazy times. This is an unusual time of year to have this much excitement around the NHL but here we are. The NHL Draft is upon us and with it, all of the trade rumours. Teams have been working hard to determine their plan of action for this short off-season as some need to clear cap space and others are waiting for them with anticipation. Since the implementation of the hard salary cap in 2005, the days surrounding the NHL Draft has been one of the busiest times for trades. And we don’t anticipate this year to be any different. From now until October 9th, the opening of the Free Agents’ market, it should be a wild ride.

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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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