CFN – There are days I wonder what Habs GM Marc Bergevin is thinking? This is one of them as he has rewarded coach Michel Therrien with a four year contract extension; that’s right FOUR YEARS!
Yes the Habs had an extended stretch run this year; but is it truly because of Mr. Therrien’s coaching? Was it a key factor? Was it as positive in this years play offs compared to the bizarre behavior of last season’s collapse?
Montreal has some special needs. Would Mr. Therrien be getting this deal if his name was Cunneyworth? Would Louis Leblanc, the former 1st rounder picked ahead of Chris Kreider and some very talented NHL’ers have been drafted by the team if his name was White?
I’m not sure that Montreal has made many strides this season in spite of the deep run. We did not see any real advancement of our younger players and the cupboard down below isn’t excitingly stocked.
The PK Subban question is still out there as is the Carey Price one. The team may look very different in fact with the large number of UFA and RFA players as well as some questionable contracts that team is carrying like Rene Bourque.
Right now the team doesn’t have a true number one centre; especially a play off geared one. It’s top six are Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher, and maybe Alex Galchenyuk. That’s five! Thomas Vanek is gone and if Brian Gionta is resigned that’s not a good omen as it means the pantry is empty and the GM couldn’t trade or sign some solutions.
The bottom six are led by RFA Lars Eller, Brandon Prust, Dale Weise (also RFA) and if he’s not traded or bought out, Travis Moen.
To be traded, dumped, or simply not a factor; Rene Bourque, Danny Briere, especially with Therrien signed long term, Bournival.
Again, as it stands now it’s messy forward squad full of needs and holes.
On Defense, well until we know what the team decides on Subban and Markov we can’t really piece things together.
Emelin and Gorges are signed. Both are credible, but not top pairing. The team seems high on Beaulieu, and it’s time for Tinordi to earn his spot. Mike Weaver deserves to be back; but the unit is missing something…..
If it’s all about the Benjamin’s Markov is gone. As for PK the signing of Therrien may not bode well for him wanting to sign long term or the team wanting him long term. His trade value is epic right now. In fact if Montreal really wanted to shake things up it’d consider trading both Subban and Price.
The question regarding both Price and Subban is how much better is the team with them? The team of course is better; but can it be better by moving them if they are not key core elements?
Last season the team didn’t really spark until Vanek showed up which took a lot of pressure off Pacioretty and the scorers. The team clearly needs that secondary scoring to spread the coverage.
What do you think Habs fans? Is signing Therrien long term a good thing and will the Habs lock up PK and improve?
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