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01-06-2013, 11:53 AM
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Habs Fill Depth Holes in Free Agency

Above are the newest members of the Montreal Canadiens - Roope Talaja (top) and Jarret Stoll (bottom).

One of the Habs' biggest issues last year was their penalty kill - despite making the playoffs, it was bottom-15 in the league. GM Deku Scrub made two moves this offseason to address this issues, by signing two forwards: Roope Talaja and Jarret Stoll. Both forwards are under contract with the Habs for three years, Roope will earn $2.9 million per year, while Jarret will earn $2.5 per year. 26 year old Roope only has 45 points in 134 games in the SM-Liiga, but has been praised for his outstanding defensive play and is expected to be a top penalty killer for the Habs. Jarret Stoll will play alongside Roope on the Canadiens' third line and on the penalty kill. Jarret was a member of the 2012 Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup championship team. His specialty is faceoffs - in fact, he is one of the best draw-takers in the league.

Here is how the Habs' lineup will look for the 2014-15 season:

Pacioretty (84) - Galchenyuk (88) - Kessel (89)
Nyquist (83) - Eller (84) - Plekanec (85)
Cole (84) - Stoll (80) - Talaja (81)
Moen (77) - White (75) - Bourque (82)

Y. Weber (84) - Subban (87)
Greene (83) - Gorges (83)
Barrie (78) - Tinordi (78)

Price (90)
Budaj (75)

(Talaja's defensive stats are actually amazing though! 99 body checking, 91 defensive awareness, 90 shot blocking, 93 stick checking, and also 81 discipline!)

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