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These Players Are Missed In Montreal

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

The diagnosis is pretty simple. The Canadiens miss their heavyweights.

Read ‘em and weep: Shea Weber , Corey Perry , Phillip Danault , Carey Price .

Weber and Price are missing through no fault of the management. Price will be back. Weber probably won’t. But Danault and Perry could have been retained — and from what we have seen so far, both should have been signed.

Without those four, the Canadiens have a team with talent but without direction, without an identity, without a sense of itself.

Surprising? It shouldn’t be. The ferocious penalty kill that was such a critical factor in the run to the Stanley Cup final has been almost completely gutted, beginning with Danault’s absence at centre ice .

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The diagnosis is pretty simple. The Canadiens miss their heavyweights.

Read ‘em and weep: Shea Weber , Corey Perry , Phillip Danault , Carey Price .

Losing another center (perhaps not in the heavyweight category) in Kotkaniemi was also a big loss. I think the Habs will end up with less points than the Wings and perhaps Ottawa this season. People underestimate the loss of Weber on the blue line, the defensive prowess of Danault (a center) and Kotkaniemi. Keep in mind, when the Wings really stunk the joint out two years ago, the Wings took all 5 games against the Habs that season. I would argue the Wings roster is better since then, and the Habs roster is much worse, if not a work in progress.

Bergevin seems burnt out, and has his work cut out for him IMHO.

Posted by exor54 on 10/18/21 at 11:03 AM ET

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