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by The Upper Canadien on 03/20/13 at 06:58 PM ET
The Habs continue to truck along, having gained yet another point in yesterday's OT 3-2 loss to Buffalo. A few quick thoughts:
- The Bouillon signing is a great move. Marc Bergevin is clearly a chemistry guy, and believes in the leadership present in the room. Bouillon is a big part. Well done, M. Bergevin.
- Jarred Tinordi belongs. I was at Saturday's game against New Jersey, and for a kid his age, he has poise. He's good with the puck - an errant delay of game penalty last night aside - and has a decent shot. As his body fills out, he is going to be a physical beast. The Habs did well bringing him up slowly, and I suspect he'll contribute down the stretch this year.
- Brendan Gallagher is going to win the Calder. This kid isn't slowing down - if anything he is getting better.
- The Habs are winning despite less than stellar Carey Price goaltending. He isn't on right now - he has been at times, but not lately. If he gets hot come April, watch out.
- Michel Therrien is going to be a Jack Adams finalist.
- PK Subban and Andrei Markov both have a shot at being a Norris finalist.
- Tomas Plekanec deserves Selke consideration. Plekanec is obviously offensively gifted, but he gets far too little attention for his defensive work. He's a PK cornerstone for Montreal.
When was the last time the Habs had legitimate invidivual trophy candidates? Things are looking up in Montreal down the stretch, but they need to continue to take the competition seriously. Thursday will demonstrate whether they message has gotten through, as the Habs face the Islanders.
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