COLLINGWOOD, ONT. - Known as The Smurfs in recent times, Montreal’s core of petite forwards have often caused Canadiens fans to ask: “Where’s the Beef?”
But coach Jacques Martin feels the Canadiens now have some muscle with their hustle up front, thanks to the summer free agent signing of Erik Cole, the return of Max Pacioretty and the addition of 6-foot-3 Blair Betts, who was claimed off waivers on Wednesday.
“We definitely think we are better in that area.” Martin said.
Playing on a line with Mike Cammalleri and Andrei Kostitsyn, Pacioretty knows what his role will be.
“I don’t have the skills of the other two guys, so I have to go to the net and use my size,” the 6-foot-2 winger said. “That’s the plan anyway.”