Will the changes be worth waiting for?
So it's been quite a year right?
Trades, injuries, frustration.... it's had it all. This season has been up and down on several levels.
Whether you are completely disappointed with the season and/or missing the playoffs or if you count yourself among those who are happy to be in rebuilding mode (once again), the reality is here. It's time to change and the debate is over.
At trade deadline day and for the couple of weeks leading up to it, the Canadiens were in "seller" mode. The first moves towards a busy off season.
One of the "big" topics of discussion about the Habs for the last couple of years has been their size. And historically going back several years the Canadiens have lacked big power forward type players. It was one of the criticisms a couple of summers back back brought Gomez, Gionta, Cammalleri.
Have we seen a move in the opposite direction?
Rome wasn't built in a day. Nor has any successful NHL team gone from "Zero to Hero" but this season, has, from the start seen many moves in the opposite direction (however good or bad they have turned out).
Erik Cole has been a very effective presence, Rene Bourque was acquired, Blunden, the 2 players from the Hal Gill deal (Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney) are bigger bodies then the previous crop of forwards.
Not to mention having Max Pacioretty and Lars Eller take their places in the lineup.
Will they keep a guy like Staubitz? Ryan White?
The trade deadline saw the Vancouver Canucks move towards being physically tougher. Are we seeing a move towards a bigger/tougher philosophy in Montreal?
It was something Pierre Gauthier addressed in an interview earlier this year.
A new team identity in Montreal?