This version of the Montreal Canadiens bears a striking resemblance to the team that finished two points out of a playoff spot in 2018-19. There were expectations that GM Marc Bergevin would make a big splash with the $13 million of cap space he had available, but it didn’t happen.
He made a bold – if predictably futile – attempt to bolster the firepower when he tendered an offer sheet to Carolina’s Sebastian Aho, but the Hurricanes not only matched the offer but they also mocked the Canadiens’ bid. The quest for an elite center continues.
Bergevin did pick up defenseman Ben Chiarot to replace Jordie Benn and added Keith Kinkaid to challenge Charlie Lindgren for the backup goaltending job. The Canadiens also traded feisty winger Andrew Shaw back to Chicago. They will miss his leadership,...
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