Put your Habs hopes on ice

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

The prob­lem with the Cana­di­ens starts at the top with gen­eral man­ager Marc Bergevin and his as­sis­tants.

Man­age­ment is re­spon­si­ble for the makeup of the team, while the coach is left to work to the best of his abil­ity with the play­ers he is given.

I con­sider Larry Robin­son to be the best de­fen­sive coach in the NHL. He wanted and was avail­able to join the Cana­di­ens in that ca­pac­ity. And yet he was not hired.

There have been bad de­ci­sions on draft choices and trades in the last five years. Younger play­ers have been let go and re­placed with older play­ers whose best years are be­hind them.

The de­fence has been de­pleted with the loss of P.K. Sub­ban, An­drei Markov and oth­ers. First-round draft choice Mikhail Ser­gachev was traded for Jonathan Drouin, who is not the big, 30-goal cen­tre­man the Cana­di­ens re­ally need.

NHL teams that de­velop their young play­ers will be the fu­ture Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­ons. I pre­dict the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Cup in 2018.

Habs fans should not to ex­pect too much from the team this year. I doubt they will even make the play­offs, given the lack of fore­sight in de­vel­op­ing a long-term plan. Bob Corn­forth, phys­io­ther­a­pist, Mon­treal Cana­di­ens, 1955-1964


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