NHL 30 In 30 Preview- Montreal Canadiens

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Good Luck to ya!

James Wisnewski

Roman Hamrlik

Benoit Pouliot

Jeff Halpern

Alexandre Picard

Tom Pyatt

Alex Auld

Paul Mara

Brent Sopel

Dustin Boyd

Mathieu Carle

Nigel Dawes

Kyle Klubertanz

Ryan Russell

Drew Macintyre

Curtis Sanford

J.T. Wyman

We lost 3 starting defenceman, and many more depth players. The amount of players lost is much larger then the amount gained, but with all these losses, there are now spots for players like Yannick Weber, Riley Nash, Alexi Yemelin, David Desharnais and Aaron Palushaj.

 

How We Improved: 

For many years the Canadiens have been looking for size and strength. By adding Gionta, Cammaleri and Gomez in 09, that cleary wasn’t the case. But it all started July 1st, when the Canadiens signed Erik Cole to a 4 year, $18M pact. In the next coming weeks, Montreal signed grinders Mike Blunden and Zack Fitzgerald, and defenceman Jeff Woywitka. Cole is expected to be a solid top 6 forward, while the other 3 are not expected to do much. From the great mind of Jackson Scarrow “We are less ‘Hobbity’” Peter Budaj is a better starting goalie then Alex Auld, but that’s not what he was brought in for. He was signed as a relief goalie for obvious starter Carey Price, but can be used in the case of emergency.

 

What We Lost:

Speed. Specifically Tom Pyatt, one of Steven’s favorite players.

 

 Projected Lines:

Forwards

Cammaleri-Plekanec-Gionta

Pacioretty-Gomez-Cole

Moen-Eller-Kostitsyn

White-Desharnais-Darche

Defence

Gorges-Markov

Gill-Subban

Spacek-Weber/Yemelin

Goalies

Price (Obviously)

Budaj

Lawson

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