Habs Forwards Stymied Through Last Two Games

Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators
Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators / Chris Tanouye/Freestyle Photo/GettyImages
3 of 3

Final Thoughts

Kirby Dach
Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs / Claus Andersen/GettyImages

Because of the first line’s great success through much of February, the drop-off in production isn’t likely to continue much longer. 

Dach will solve a lot of issues,  and Roy, Newhook and the young Habs defenders will have another NHL season under their belts. 

Add in at least one first-round pick, but maybe two and perhaps another Hughes trade acquisition and the Habs should look a bit different next year. 

Montembeault will build on his strong season this year, and Cayden Primeau will have a clean slate to start the 2024-25 campaign.

It’s easy to call for the coach’s firing and suggest that Anderson and Gallagher be traded away. 

But St. Louis has done quite well, all things considered. 

And there isn’t a team in the league that will take on high-salaried, underperforming players. Even with a sweetener, those big contracts aren’t going to be moved easily.

But sticking with the plan, developing, growing and building chemistry will hopefully put the Habs in a strong position to end the Canadian Stanley Cup curse.