#OTwithKelly: Montreal Canadiens put rumours to rest after tumultuous season
BROSSARD – It was a season of great expectations.
After the best start in franchise history, the Montreal Canadiens failed to make the playoffs for the second time in five years.
“It’s pretty difficult talking to you here,” said Alex Galchenyuk on locker clean-out day.
“This time of the year, you expect to be in the playoffs. It’s the first time in my career I’ve missed it and there were big expectations.”
The majority of the blame will be put on Carey Price‘s injured knee – but it doesn’t stop there.
The team ranked 16th in the league in goals scored.
A total of 46 different players suited up for the Habs and finding chemistry together was difficult.
In December and January, the team picked up 13 out of a possible 50 points.
“Can we have done better? Should we have? Yes,” said General Manager Marc Bergevin.
“Are we happy here today? No.”
“If you could bring the camera in the wives’ room and see P.K. playing mini sticks with my son after the game I don’t think I’d be asked this question,” said Pacioretty.
“We like each other, we play together, we respect each other,” said Subban.
“Do I have to go over there and make out with him to show my affection? What do you want?”
It turns out, a hug was enough to seal the deal.
Rumours turned to Therrien and if the team’s dismal performance meant the end of his time in Montreal.
Bergevin was eager to put that rumour to rest.
“It’s my job to address the team moving forward, but Michel will be behind the bench opening night,” said Bergevin.
The focus now is on the off-season what moves the general manager will make.
He said he is not trying to trade core players Subban, Price or Pacioretty and the team emphasized over and over they are united – even if it is in defeat.
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