Montreal Canadiens: Why They Will Be a Contender Before the Toronto Maple Leafs

September 29th, 2012 by Ryan Szporer Leave a reply »
The Toronto Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup in 1967. The Montreal Canadiens in 1993. Still, saying the Leafs are more “due” is akin to saying Ancient Egypt is in a better position to take over the world than Rome.

The Maple Leafs are not bad. In fact, they had an incredibly exciting team last year.

Granted, a lot of that excitement resulted from everyone’s joyful discovery of all the new and inventive ways they came up with on how to play nets (namely how to not). No one is denying, though, that had the Leafs been able to improve upon that one aspect of their club, they had the offense and defense to make the playoffs.

In fact, by trading Luke Schenn for James van Riemsdyk, they even improved upon the former by sacrificing an arguable spare part of the latter. As such, Toronto has a very good chance at making it this year for the first time since the last lockout (assuming this current lockout doesn’t cost fans the season).

Montreal, on the other hand? It’s like a mirror image.

The Habs have got good goaltending, but below-average contingents on the blue line and up front. Sure, they&rsqu ...

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