2012-13: 29-14-5, 63 points
Where they finished: 1st in the Northeast; 2nd in the East; 4th in the NHL
Coach: Michel Therrien (2nd season)
Key additions: C Danny Briere, RW George Parros, D Douglas Murray
Key subtractions: RW Colby Armstrong, RW Michael Ryder, D Tomas Kaberle, D Yannick Weber
Max Pacioretty – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Alex Galchenyuk – Danny Briere – Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque - David Desharnais –Michael Blunden
Brandon Prust – Lars Eller – George Parros
P.K. Subban – Andrei Markov
Raphael Diaz – Alexei Emelin
Josh Gorges - Douglas Murray
Carey Price – Peter Budaj
Our take: Under first-year head coach Michel Therrien the Canadiens were lights out in last year’s lockout-shortened season but flared out in a five-game playoff loss to the Senators. The Habs added a playmaking center with the free-agent signing of Danny Briere, but he’ll need to prove he is completely recovered from the concussion that plagued him last season in Philadelphia.
Montreal also added a physical force and locker room leader in George Parros, giving the Habs a frightening fourth line along with agitator Brandon Prust and center Lars Eller. There is a lack of defensive depth, but if Calder Trophy runner-up Brendan Gallagher can build off his strong rookie season and goaltender Carey Price continues on the upswing the Habs again will be in the hunt for a division title in the new Atlantic Division.
Offseason Grade: B
Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14: Yes.