The Montreal Canadiens finished last in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12.
For a franchise that long represented the class of hockey, last season was a gong show, with general manager Pierre Gauthier firing coach Jacques Martin and promoting unilingual anglophone Randy Cunneyworth to the top job. The language issue was an immense distraction and a disservice to the classy Cunneyworth. Gauthier also traded star scorer Mike Cammalleri -- during a game.
Gauthier wound up being fired himself and Cunneyworth wasn't brought back.
The Canadiens have a new team off the ice in GM Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien -- back for his second go-round with the Habs after posting a 77-77-23-13 record from 2000-2003 -- but the team the Canadiens will ice is not much different than last year's.
They added some badly needed grit in free agent wingers Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong and some depth on the blueline by repatriating d