The 2008 team was running at 100%. It collapsed in the playoffs because Mark Streit was injured.
The 2008 team was the only Habs team in the past few years with luck. No injuries (until the playoffs), Kovalev, Markov, Plekanec and Streit, Higgins and Kostitsyn all playing some of the best hockey of their careers. Actually everyone seemed to be "on" that year except Ryder. Well the 2010 playoff run certainly had that element, but the season leading up to it was anything but lucky.
I don't really feel that this year. We are getting injuries and inconsistency, it's just that there always seems to be someone else ready to step up. That doesn't mean we don't have work to do, it just doesn't feel like a flash in the pan.
True Enforcers - we don't really have any - Prust will back you though and PK can send a message - Tinordi has got the tools to be a Lucic Crusher but is that really the HABS game plan anyways
With all due respect Tinordi is nowhere near ready to go against the likes of Lucic IMO.
When he's 25 or 26 and has had the time to grow into his body he might stand a chance, but right now he should stay away from that kind of stuff unless he's forced to defend himself or a teammate.
When the HABS had the best Hockey Teams ever 50's - 60's - 70's etc. never had a true enforcer except John Ferguson
Fergie definitely helped Montreal's smaller players but he was also a fine hockey player himself and did not hurt the team at all when he was on the ice. Some of today's enforcers can barely skate let alone know how to use their hockey stick.