The Canadiens have built up depth and team defense with their free agent signings but, unless there is a trade in the works between now and training camp, they will left with the controversial Rene Bourque as the second line left winger alongside Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta. The Canadiens must hope that Bourque can match the back to back 27 goals seasons he had in Calgary.
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Because of the injury to Brian Gionta, which took him out of the seaason’s second half, right wing on the Canadiens became a serious problem. Gionta’s replacements were a mixture of rookies and fourth line players and the results were predictable. Gionta returns next season but the Canadiens still have a major third line iissue to deal with.
Witness the strange season of Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec. Mont consider it a failure despite the fact that he finished the year only five points behind his team leading total of 57 points of the year before. The big difference is his five-on-five defensive record. Plekanec’s problem’s stemmed from an inability to find the right kind of forwards to play with him.
The firing of Jacques Martin led to the firing of Pierre Gauthier. It just took a while. Max Pacioretty’s scoring drought is hard to explain. And the Canadiens faced with perhaps one option when it comes to the disposal of the Scott Gomez contract. Conversation for a Canadiens day off.
The Candiens have signed forward Patrick Holland to a three-year contract. Holland was acquired by the Canadiens from Calgary as part of the Michael Cammalleri/Rene Bourque trade. In 66 games with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans, Holland ranks sixth in the league and third on the Americans with 101 points (24 goals and 77 assists).