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ericd 12-29-2013 11:02 PM

Are the Montreal Canadiens a legit Stanley Cup contender?
 
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...ley-cup-threat

McSorleyStick 12-29-2013 11:08 PM

http://oi47.tinypic.com/jil3pc.jpg

Hugo Sham 12-29-2013 11:12 PM

No way. Too small up front in top 9 and not enough depth at F and on D. it's entirely possible a very hot Carey Price carries the Habs through a round or two - but we wouldn't survive 7 versus the Bruins and certainly not against any one of SJ/Ana/Stl/Chi/LA

Spearmint Rhino 12-29-2013 11:12 PM

I'd be shocked if they made it past the 1st round without major changes

76ftw 12-29-2013 11:19 PM

We're closer than our current losing streak would have us believe and further away than our November streak would have us believe. Top 4 team in the East but I doubt we make it too far. Could see us winning a round or two depending on how the chips fall.

Runner77 12-29-2013 11:19 PM

Does Bleacher Report defecate one of these for every team?

Seriously ... :shakehead

Cap'n Flavour 12-29-2013 11:23 PM

Nah, the Canadiens' parents were all married well after the Habs were born.

CanadienShark 12-29-2013 11:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McSorleyStick (Post 76978405)

:laugh:

ScottFC 12-29-2013 11:25 PM

Good article

Rosso Scuderia 12-29-2013 11:37 PM

Nope.

I think winning one playoffs round would already be some kind of an achievement for this current team.

Aceekay 12-29-2013 11:45 PM

Our forward group and bottom pairing are god awful, we need to improve our top six greatly if we to call ourselves contenders.

Lafleurs Guy 12-30-2013 12:03 AM

Right now? No.

But the foundation of a future cup calibre team is finally there.

FinnHab 12-30-2013 12:07 AM

Not yet, few key pieces are missing. If we drag ourselves to play offs, 1st round exit is likely the result.

Stjonnypopo 12-30-2013 12:24 AM

Not even close IMO.

They might have a winning record, but come the playoffs they're going to show their weakness. I bet some non-playoff teams would beat them in a playoff format.

Their past success (with Carbo and with Therrien last year) was due to their speed, their work ethic, the chemistry, and overperforming players. This year they have no control of the puck, speed means nothing if you can't hold onto the puck. And there aren't any overperforming players, if anything, almost all of the players (except maybe Eller and Galchenyuk) have regressed since last year.

expy 12-30-2013 09:18 AM

Not with Desharnais, Bouillon, and Briere wasting 3 spots on the roster.

Also Bergevin making stupid decisions like offering dumb contracts to Desharnais and extending Bouillon, signing Briere...

BLONG7 12-30-2013 09:21 AM

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Originally Posted by expy (Post 76990089)
Not with Desharnais, Bouillon, and Briere wasting 3 spots on the roster.

Also Bergevin making stupid decisions like offering dumb contracts to Desharnais and extending Bouillon, signing Briere...

This is true, but these mistakes can be rectified...and fairly quickly, maybe not DD, unless you include a prospect or a pick...
Bou is gone soon, and Briere will be also...

JAVO16 12-30-2013 09:31 AM

Anything can happen once you're in the playoff:sarcasm:

theboss* 12-30-2013 09:34 AM

We are going no where with dd, gio, briere, bouillon on this team simple as that

JLP 12-30-2013 09:36 AM

This team is built to make the playoffs, but not to win the SC.

impudent_lowlife 12-30-2013 09:37 AM

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Originally Posted by JAVO16 (Post 76990497)
Anything can happen once you're in the playoff:sarcasm:

True. Pittsburgh even made it to the finals with Therrien.

coolasprICE 12-30-2013 09:49 AM

As long as we have a balding coach who isn't willing to accept that he is balding we won't win a cup.

MT needs to shave his head for there to be any hope.

Habsawce 12-30-2013 09:51 AM

Funny how the team making the finals out of the East is always a great puck possession team yet Therrien wants the team to dump and chase.

vokiel 12-30-2013 10:03 AM

The answer is no and it doesn't need explaining or a poll.

lostriver 12-30-2013 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vokiel (Post 76991469)
The answer is no and it doesn't need explaining or a poll.

bingo. it is a legit one round team at best.

impudent_lowlife 12-30-2013 10:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Habsawce (Post 76991093)
Funny how the team making the finals out of the East is always a great puck possession team yet Therrien wants the team to dump and chase.

Interesting that as it stands now, the Habs are getting out-shot per 60.


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