Labor day has come and gone. Fall is in the air, the leaves and the temperatures and starting to fall. You know that means, it's hockey time. That's right, the National Hockey League or NHL kicks off it's preseason next week. Are the teams ready? Let's look at the Montreal Canadiens.
The Montreal Canadiens play in the Atlantic division of the Eastern conference. They ended last season with a 29-14-5 overall record, which wasn't bad. They took the off season to work on what they felt were the teams weak points, and made some trades, let some guys go, signed some new guys, now we get to see if it worked. They open the preseason against Buffalo on September the 15th.
Just in the last few weeks they have signed contracts with defensemen, Douglas Murray and guard, Dustin Tokasrski, both to just one year contracts. They also signed center Danny Briere, which some analysts are saying could be the biggest gain they made the entire off season. Not sure if it was that big of a signing, but we will see. Hoping that these signings can address the lack of size concern that was seen at the end of last year.
There are still lingering concerns about Carey Price and what happened to him at the end of the season. Does the team hinge on his return to 100%? The biggest loss for the team may have been the loss of right wing Michael Ryder to free agency. He was a huge player for them, including being the team leader in goals. He also had high numbers in assists and points. Did they sign enough to replace him? They look to be really strong on the defensive, but the concern is for the hole that is now left on the offensive side.
The wait is almost over, the questions will be answered and will we know soon if the Montreal Canadiens made the right moves to shore up their offense and make this season better than last.
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