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La Belle Province Musings

The Montreal GM knew he had a lot of work to do this off-season as even though the team secured the franchise’s 2nd title in season 32, there were cap issues staring the GM directly in the face. Although it would have been great to try to keep the core of this roster together, space had to be made to potentially welcome back Nikita Kucherov to the line-up. Fortunately, the off-season trade market was quite active as two Western Conference teams made their respective pushes to return to the playoffs and this had a significant effect in driving the market.

Gone from the championship squad are Pekka Rinne, Colton Parayko, Kris Letang, Roman Josi, Ryan O’Reilly, Alexander Ovechkin, Adam Lowry, Alex Killorn, Auston Watson and Derick Brassard while promising prospects Ilya Samsonov and Oliver Kylington were moved with a definite eye on the future. The team wishes each of these players well with the balance of their respective careers. Meanwhile the GM continues to be in contact with representatives of several of these players and will continue to gauge the market to see if a reunion can occur.

Besides Kucherov, Montreal will welcome Jacob Middleton and Robert Thomas back to the roster while acquiring Radka Gudas and Scott Mayfield to bolster the blueline. This leaves the team with approximately $12M in cap space but needing 1 defenseman, 2 forwards and a back-up goaltender. Although the team has been successful in stockpiling some pieces for the future, the GM continues to explore the trade market with the hopes of making a few moves to address one or two of these needs before the shitshow of free agency arises but expects to enter the free agency period with a war chest in excess of $100M seeking the necessary line-up improvements to help this team remain competitive.

The city of Montreal stood by patiently while the GM executed a rebuild that he hoped would be sustainable and now the fans deserve the GM makes moves to ice a competitive roster annually. However, the race for the post-season in the Eastern Conference should be 10 teams deep as although Boston have started to rebuild, Winnipeg is poised to a contender with the maturity of their youth and a strong tandem in net.

The fight in the Western Conference should be similar with Anaheim and Minnesota coming through rebuilds while Nashville appears to be in need of one and Los Angeles embraced one that caught most other GMs by surprise.

Good luck to all as the madness ensues.

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