When I said on Rock's House that he'd win another Cup before Boston does, I didn't mean this year. Now it could conceivably happen.
Step one: decide what to do with Galchenyuk, before the deadline if possible.
Montreal has some very serious scoring challenges and (as I know too well) There's Something About Carey this year. Look, the guy's a very good coach. But he's not Scotty Bowman just yet. They will almost certainly get the new guy boost you and I were just discussing recently - same as the B's have gotten. I'd hold off on arranging the Parade down Rue de St. Catherine for a bit. At the moment Washington, Columbus, Pittsburgh and NYR all have more going for them on the ice than do the Habs.
I said "it could conceivably happen."
They're on track to be a top seed, they've got the best goalie in the world, and they just upgraded behind the bench.
solely for Fantasy purposes, of course (and I had zero problem with him again looking mediocre Sunday night). In all seriousness I get your point but I think he has a pretty flawed team right now which is in the "right" division. As I indicated in our earlier discussion Julien's success will turn in significant part on how much the Habs will depend on breaking in kids over the next couple. That's been his area of vulnerability - clear issues with Seguin (some, to be sure, of Tyler's own making), Hamilton, and Spooner. Some with Pastrnak, as well - he only just figured out this past Fall that the kid has to be on a regular PP unit. Nice job committing to Carlo but some of that was forced on him from above, as well.