For the next three days CSNWashington.com will continue our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.
This week: Northeast Division. Today: Montreal Canadiens
20011-12 Record: 31-35-16, 78 points
Where they finished: 5th in Northeast; 15th in East; 28th in NHL
Coach: Michel Therrien, 1st season
Key arrivals: RW Colby Armstrong, RW Brandon Prust, D Francis Boullion, G Cedrick Desjardins
Key departures: RW Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche, D Chris Campoli
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Travis Moen - Lars Eller - Brandon Prust
Colby Armstrong - Scott Gomez - Louis Leblanc
Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov - Alexei Emelin
Tomas Kaberle - Raphael Diaz
Francis Bouillon - Yannick Weber
Carey Price - Peter Budaj
Our Take: After a disastrous 2011-12, the Canadiens cleaned house, bringing in straight-talking GM Marc Bergeron and bringing back fiery coach Michel Therrien, who led the Penguins to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to Detroit. But in terms of personnel, the Habs biggest offseason acquisitions were bottom six forwards Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong. Both will provide more sandpaper to the Canadiens, but for them to challenge for a playoff spot theyll need big seasons from goalie Carey Price and defenseman P.K. Subban and a bounce-back season from center Tomas Plekanec. Barring that, look for this to be another painful year of transition in Montreal.
Offseason grade: C
Will they make the 2013 playoffs? No.
Projected finish: 15th in East
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