It's just a question, how many of you think that the Montreal Canadiens will win the cup in this decade? As most of you (hardcore) fans know, they have won the cup every decade since they came into the league at least once and this past decade from 2000 to 2010 went winless and the best we did was a eastern conference final appearance.
If we start a property re-build/re-tool after this season, I think that we can win the cup by the 2015/2016 season which is in about 3 to 4 years.
The foundation is there, unless management decides to **** everything up and trade some young players I think we have something to build on. Will we win one, not sure but we have something to work with and it's up to Molson to find competent people now
We have some pieces to build around. Price, Subban and Max is a nice start. We've got to stop going for stupid quick fixes though. If we rebuild with top picks and prospects to go along with what we've got then we might have a good shot at it.
Unfortunately, there's been very little that I've seen to indicate that we're going to do anything more than try for 8th place finishes. That seems to be the goal now. The way you go about building a team just to make the playoffs vs. going about building an actual contender are two different things.
We always talk about being commited to winning yet we get guys like Kaberle and Bourque. Commited to winning a cup? I'll believe it when I see it.
very unlikely unless we get the right leadership team in place soon...
even if a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes, odds of PG building a winner are slim-to-none, and the longer he's in place (and Gainey is still giving input), the longer we will continue spinning our wheels.
of course, changing management/leadership doesn't guarantee that we'll get the "right" team in place, continuing with the "wrong" team is not a better alternative.
remains to be seen if Moslon has the foresight and cojones to do what needs to be done.
Sens fan here...why do I always start with that on another team's board?
Anyways. I think this year is an abberation from the norm when it comes to seasons you can expect from your team. I don't think the Habs will finish the year as poorly as it has gone so far. There is simply too much skill on the roster for that to happen.
The problem that your team is facing, from an objective perspective, is that you do need a retool, however, the core pieces you currently have in place will probably prevent you from ever getting a top 5 pick. You may get one this year, but I think it's an outside chance.
I truly feel that Carey Price is a top 5 goalie in the league right now, and will develop into a top 3 goalie within a few seasons. His play alone will keep the Habs competitive, and will prevent a complete tank of a season, which may be needed. Add in solid players like Subban (who is having an off-year), Pac, DD, Eller, and others, and you've got a very competitive team. I'm not convinced that they have the star players on offense to make them an elite cup contending team though.
I guess what I'm getting at is that the Habs roster right now is just underperforming. They are a playoff team, and because of this, it might be difficult for the Habs to really acquire the one or two stud offensive guys your team needs to really push them over the top. I'm just not convinced that LeBlanc is that guy. I think he's more suited to becoming a legit 2nd line player.
That being said, building around Price and Subban, with Beaulieu in the system is a remarkably strong foundation. Time for GM Gauthier...or whoever replaces him to focus on the forward group and get that 1st line C that your team really needs.