Montreal Canadiens 2017-18 Season Preview

Okay, real talk. I don’t like the Montreal Canadiens. As a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, I’ve had to put up with their fans my entire life.

My main beef with their fans is when the Leafs are clearly the better of the two teams, as they are this year, Montreal fans will reply with, “Oh yeah, well we have more Stanley Cups.”

Shut your bouche. We’re not talking about history. We’re talking about present day. Stop running from the truth.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are better than the Montreal Canadiens. Period. Learn to accept it.

FORWARDS

Montreal has been living a lie. They haven’t had a good offense for years, but it’s been masked by how good Carey Price has been for them in net.

Jonathan Drouin – Poor guy. He got parachuted into the top line centre role this season because, well, who else was going to do it? He’s a good player, but this feels forced.

Max Pacioretty – He’s basically James van Riemsdyk, but with a C on his jersey. JVR is what? The 4th or 5th best forward on the Leafs? Yeah. There you go. Get excited, Montreal.

Alex Galchenyuk – They’ve ruined his career in Montreal, haven’t they? The 3rd overall pick in the 2012 Draft has 2 points in 10 games this season. This doesn’t end well, but it will end.

DEFENSE

Shea Weber – Why? Why trade P.K. Subban for him? That was a rhetorical question. Hey, Weber is one of the best defensemen in the NHL, and I understand Montreal’s need to get tougher, but letting Subban go? Meh, what do I know.

Karl Alzner – I wanted him to sign with the Leafs, so I’m bitter he didn’t.

Jordie Benn – He is not Jamie Benn. Jamie Benn is better.

GOALIES

Carey Price – I’ve been saying it for years – if you take Price off this team, this team doesn’t make the playoffs. Ever. And now that he’s starting this season with a 3.60 GAA in 9 games, this team is struggling because they can’t score either.

Al Montoya – His Goals Against Average is 4.22 this season. FOUR POINT TWO TWO. Oh man.

FUN FACTS

1. Montreal was eliminated 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs last season by the New York Rangers.

2. They have 24 Stanley Cups, which Habs fans think is worth bragging about. News Flash: No one cares. Your team is a messy poutine right now. Get over it.

3. They have retired 15 numbers to honour 18 players.

4. Their mascot is Youppi – the former mascot of the Montreal Expos. He looks like an adorable orange pylon.

WHAT CHRIS THINKS

Carey Price is officially 30-years-old, the clock is ticking and the window is closing on Montreal’s chances for a Cup. This team is good and will have a decent season, but they need more skill and depth up-front. I foresee a new GM in the not-so-distant future for the Habs.

LAST MINUTE OF PLAY

I don’t think Montreal will make the playoffs this season. Trust me, that’s not a biased opinion. Their forward lines don’t impress me much, to quote Shania Twain. I can’t even tell what their top line is. I feel like I’m looking at a bunch of third lines.

Drouin needs a sidekick. Who is it? Paul Byron? Ha. No.

I just don’t get it. My gut tells me their GM won’t make it to next year’s draft.

ONE BOLD PREDICTION

No one on Montreal scores 20 goals this season.

POST-GAME

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5 Responses to Montreal Canadiens 2017-18 Season Preview

  1. ahh! *finally* someone else who doesn’t like the Canadiens! Although I’ve never had an actual reason other than “pppfffttt they’re stupid”

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Dutch Lion says:

    I’m with you Paul. They stink! Those players you named look like a 3rd line. Price is good. Without him, they are garbage! I’ll double up on your prediction. NO PLAYOFFS for Montreal!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paul says:

      Sad times in Montreal and I’m loving every minute of it! The majority of their forwards are secondary scorers on other teams, yet their fans wonder why they have problems scoring.

      Liked by 1 person

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