There were a couple really big fish out in the market this year, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and boy, am I glad the Habs missed out on both. It was a blessing in disguise, really. Take a look at our depth chart and you'll see that in lieu of the $196 million they could have spent on the two superstars, they've picked up gritty farm-boy Colby Armstrong and former New Yorker Brandon Prust–two guys who can really step up for the Habs this coming season.
I am, of course, being sarcastic. Well, partially. It would have been phenomenal to pick up a number 1 defence man like Suter, or someone like Parise who can actually put the puck in the net because, other than Scott F***ing Gomez, our offence is as dry as the martinis Sather must have slipped Gainey to get him to take Mr. Gomez.
But Prust and Armstrong will provide Travis Moen and Ryan White with some much-needed backup in the grit and toughness department, a void the team has either ignored or failed to fill for far too long. I swear to god, if I have to hear Jack Edwards, the Bruins Announcer and ultimate jersey-chaser (I'm guessing), break into a clearly pre-meditated story analogizing the Bruins fight with the Canadiens to the war of independence, I'm going postal, so the new boys in the dressing room are very welcome additions, as now opposing teams wont be able to push us around as they have in the past. Meaning guys like Max Pacioretty, who should bag over 35 goals this year, and David Desharnais, who I'm predicting gets 60+ points, can really fly and let their skill show.
From Alberta with reluctant optimism...