With the Red Wings attempting to bolster their roster with established talent, it seems that the #GoHabsGo are headed for another difficult season in the Atlantic Division.
And it’s the best possible result for the Montreal Canadiens’ long-term plans. https://t.co/JaiCUYxFXQ
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) July 7, 2023
While I don’t agree with every decision that’s been made since the Hughes-Gorton era began in Montreal, I have to admit that I like the general thrust of management’s plan. The club doesn’t want to rush its rebuild by paying top dollar for established guys, and it’s making sure it fills its nursery with hopefuls.
That said, in the short term, the emphasis must remain on development rather than victories. Even if there’s some optimism about a potential playoff berth next year, I simply don’t believe it.
Because, like Marc Dumont, I can’t see the Habs finishing anywhere but last in their division in 2023-24.
Even though the CH players are all saying that they feel they can make the playoffs this year (which makes sense), and even though the progress of the youngsters and the potential of a healthier club should help, there’s a big gap between the CH and the seven other clubs in the division.
The Red Wings may be the only exception, but if they go out and get Alex DeBrincat (which has been rumoured for weeks), they’ll distance themselves even further from the CH.
I expect the Habs to be a better club in 2023-24 than they’ve been in the last two years, but in an extremely competitive Atlantic division, I don’t think they have the resources left to hope for anything other than a last-place finish.
I hope I’m wrong, and we know that things can change quickly, but right now, the CH is clearly the worst club (on paper) in the division. It has a more than promising future, but I still don’t see it in a position to win, even if the club were to be healthy all year.
With a healthy team, the Habs could take a good step forward → https://t.co/P2WYwaDLp9
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 8, 2023
Next year, I especially hope to see the team’s youngsters continue their progression. And maybe, with a little luck, the Tricolore will be in a position to scramble the cards, but in my eyes, that won’t come until 2024-25.
And that’s just fine: first things first, as I said earlier.
– Good question.
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) July 8, 2023
– George Springer will become a father. My text on the subject.
With the All-Star break coming up, it’s looking good. https://t.co/rGn9uKNBwI
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 8, 2023
– He really is in a class of his own.
British Grand Prix | A leading seventh position for Max Verstappen https://t.co/vBcS0PTtJ3
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) July 8, 2023
– Medvedev continues his run at Wimbledon.