Montreal Canadiens: New GM will face monumental task

Here, apart from the obvious tasks – such as finding a great coach and getting better players – are five things the new GM has to do:


1. Persuade the organization to stop using the exhibition season as a cash cow: As my mentor, Pat Hickey, wrote earlier this season, the number of exhibition games the Canadiens had to play weighed heavily on a terrible start that turned into a terrible season. The club had to keep too many players in camp and there was no time to work on the little things that make all the difference once the puck is dropped for real. Which would you rather have? A half-dozen meaningless exhibition games – or a half-dozen home playoff games?

2. Find someone who can coach the power play: With Kirk Muller in Carolina, the Canadiens stumbled and fumbled as one of their strengths became a weakness. They scored 24 fewer power-play goals this season than last season: apply that to the goal differential and they finish a plus-10 rather than a minus-14.

3. Throw the expensive deadwood overboard: If you don’t want to play here or if you’re simply on cruise control while you cash your fat cheques, get out of town. That applies to Scott Gomez, Tomas Kaberle and especially Rene Bourque, who is – like St├ęphane Richer back in the day – apparently waiting for Jupiter to align with Mars.

4. Four lines, not 1.5: Yes, guys like Brian Gionta, Travis Moen and Mathieu Darche were injured – but to excel, you need enough depth so that you’re not breathing fumes when you get the inevitable injuries.

5. No sacred cows – and that includes Carey Price: It’s hard to find anyone around here who hasn’t drunk the Kool-Aid where Price is concerned – and yet any dispassionate observer would have to conclude that so far in his career, Price has lived up to the hype only once in five seasons. That was during the 2010-11 season, when he was very good, although still well behind Tim Thomas for the season.

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107 Responses to Montreal Canadiens: New GM will face monumental task

  1. THENOTORIOUS says:

     One little thing, Schenn is nowhere near the player Subban is, sorry!

  2. reinjosh says:

    My point is does Yakupov's potential to be a franchise forward outweigh Weber already being a franchise defenseman? In my opinion it doesn't. Weber is an incredible player and even though he isn't getting 60 plus points a season, he's the glue that holds a team together. In my opinion, thats worth more to the Oilers than another scoring winger, who while a number 1 pick, might not even ever be anything more than a top line player. 

    I just can't see Yakupov being worth more than Weber at this point as an unproven prospect, especially with him having struggled post injuries. 
    Maybe its my bias as a dman, or the fact that I like proven over potential, but I just see Weber as the best dman in the game and one of a few players in this league that is a true franchise player. Yakupov isn't one of them. 
  3. reinjosh says:

    Now granted I don't actually think they will trade Yakupov or trade down. It's not really Tambellini's MO and I don't think he has the cahoonas to do something like that. 

    Their 2nd rounder, MPS, Gagner? Decent package. Could it get Gormely? I think that would be a great fit for them .
  4. HABSSTAR says:

    I don't buy it.  I've met a number of NHL players and a full 50% of them have been massive douche bags.  It's just a matter of degrees.  

    Further when the team finishes dead last in the conference then the last guy I'm going to blame is the guy who might be "playing too hard" in practice. 

    The dude is trying to do too much and it shows.  As for other team members not being able to get a long with him… ***** them.  They all get paid millions so they should probably all grow the hell up (including Subban) and put some effort into not being such an embarrasment.

  5. Steven_Leafs says:

    I can understand the point that Weber is proven and Yakupov is not, but if that is what all teams were looking for then everyone would be lining up to give their late 1st round picks for players like Steckel or Eager since they are guaranteed NHL players and the 1sts are not only not current NHLers but could possibly never be an NHLer at all.

    I think because of Yakupov's potential, if there is a Weber / Yakupov deal, Nashville would have to throw in Colin Wilson and maybe even Ryan Ellis. It seems like too much and maybe it is but 40 goal scorers, even projected 40 goal scorers, are never made available.

    Anyway we can agree to disagree on Yakupov's trade value, at least we agree that Edmonton would never trade the pick. lol

  6. TimTheBone says:

    as good as yakupov is i dont think he's leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the drqaft class like that … i mean theres goign to be a number of players who have comparable careers i'd be willing to bet…..Grigs Gal Murray Forsberg are all pretty much in and around the same level as yakupov…. yeah sure he's the clear cut Number 1… but i think when the dust settles it won't seem so clear cut……

    Oh and Subban plus the third overall would be an easy move if im edmonton…. you have the forward core able to make a move such as that and to bring in Murray and Subban for the future would be KILLER!

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