Saturday, 11 May 2013

What to do to avoid disappointments like these

   After a unexpected yet terrific shortened 2012-2013 regular season, the Montreal Canadiens were a disappointment in the playoffs as the Ottawa Senators were able to defeat them in five games -- largely thanks to Craig Anderson's performance in nets and Ottawa playing a much more physical style. If the Canadiens want to avoid these disappointments, here is what GM Marc Bergevin has to do to make his team better for playoff time.
   Like what plagued the General Manager's before him (Pierre Gauthier and Bob Gainey), the Canadiens are too small. They rely on guys such as David Desharnais and Brian Gionta. Although they are capable players it is a lot easier for teams to intimate them based on their size. To avoid being intimated, they need big power forwards like Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf as well as character guys like Matt Carkner, Zenon Konopka and Wayne Simmonds to join Brandon Prust. With that mix into the lineup, the Canadiens would be less intimated playing teams like Boston, Philly, Ottawa and teams from the West because they would be able to hold their own, the have great abilities to score and be less worn down as the playoffs would continue to move forward.
    So if Bergevin wants to see glory restored in Montreal, he will need to find ways to get these type of players on his roster if the Canadiens are to make any sort of progress for the playoffs down the road.

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