Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Off-Season Primer
This week on the Last Word on Habs Pod, the guys dig in on the Habs first-round series loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Habs played better than expected but were still undone by some common issues. While fans are feeling great after the teams showing, it might need to be met with some caution about the team moving forward.
Next, the guys dig in on the 'drama' around the Habs. Max Domi removed the Montreal Canadiens info from all his social media paged. Phillip Danault said he is unwilling to take a reduced role on the team, despite the emergence of Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The guys then discuss what the Habs should do with their 2021 free agents. If they are not part of the long term plans, should the Habs move them and get some assets in return rather than risk losing them for nothing.
After dealing with the issues in-house, it's time to see how the Habs can improve the team. There is the draft, where the Habs are picking in the top 16. There is free agency, but with a flat cap, it will be interesting to see how teams operate. Speaking of the flat cap, trades might become a big way to improve the team. The Habs do have a significant amount of cap space they can use. They could leverage a cap-strapped team into parting with valuable assets for cap relief.
All this and how an NHL regular season could look, the NHL not taking a stand, social issues, and much much more!
** This will be the last episode of the Last Word on Habs Pod until the NHL draft and free agency, baring any major Habs new. Please stay safe, wear a mask and Go Habs Go! **
Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.
The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.
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