The Montreal Canadiens made several changes to their lineup in the offseason, watching leaders Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges switch to a Buffalo Sabres sweater, allowing trade deadline acquisition Thomas Vanek to walk away, and also waving goodbye to aging veteran defenders Douglas Murray and Francis Bouillon.
To replace the departed Habs, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin signed Manny Malhotra, Tom Gilbert and European free agent Jiri Sekac, and also dealt Daniel Briere for P.A. Parenteau.
Yesterday, we voted on who will be the Habs first line center next season, and today we are going to vote on who will be lining up on his left side. Not really surprising, but David Desharnais came out on top with 60% of the vote. We will talk about yesterday’s vote later, but first we have to start today’s poll, which may be a slam dunk in my opinion.
We are asking you to vote on who will be the left winger that plays on the top line with Desharnais. This slot was filled quite admirably in my opinion by Max Pacioretty last season, and I would assume he is the overwhelming favorite to return to that role again next season.
Pacioretty led the team in most offensive categories, including an astounding 39 goals, and also 60 points. He is a big winger with a very dangerous shot, and though he was streaky last season, there was no question he was the team’s top offensive player.
Alex Galchenyuk played the role of second line left winger for most of the season and though he has dynamic offensive instincts, I can’t see him overtaking Pacioretty for first line time on the left side.
Rene Bourque plays the left side and actually outscored Pacioretty in the postseason, with eight goals, while Max had five. Both players tied with 11 points, but Bourque showed a goal scoring touch that has rarely been seen from him in Montreal.
I think I have made it clear who I would vote for, but it is up to you to cast your vote for who you think Michel Therrien will use as his top left winger next season.
Check back tomorrow for the results, and weigh in on a much more interesting position, who will be playing the right side on the top line?
Who Will Be The Montreal Canadiens First Line Left Winger Next Season?
- Max Pacioretty (94%, 308 Votes)
- Alex Galchenyuk (2%, 7 Votes)
- Rene Bourque (2%, 6 Votes)
- Michael Bournival (2%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 326