Montreal Canadiens: Team Identity Remains a Mystery

November 16th, 2009 by Felix Sicard Leave a reply »
Going into the 2009-2010 season, no one knew what to make of a Canadiens roster that had seen a major overhaul over the course of the season.

Much of the uncertainty arose from the fact that it was not clear whether the team was better off with its new crop of players, or just...different.

Through the first 20 games of the regular season, the team is not only different. It's worse.

Guillaume Latendresse, Maxim Lapierre and Andrei Kostitsyn have made less-than-stellar contributions as evidenced by the Canadiens' struggles to hold a .500 record.

For most games, only six players show up (not including the goalies): Mike Cammalleri, Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, Tomas Plekanec, Glen Metropolit and Josh Gorges. And out of all these players, Tomas Plekanec is the only one who delivers a consistent performance.

That must be a tough (and expensive) pill to swallow for Bob Gainey, who has a combined $18,357,000 cap hit between his three top-line players.

At the end of 2008-09, Gainey predicted his team wouldn't produce championship results, so he basically got rid of all them, including long time captain Saku Koivu.
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