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2013 Montreal Canadiens Season Preview

We hopeful fools actually started doing this way back in September, but we're going to add some more in here over the next few days leading up to Game 1 against the Leafs.

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P.K. Subban: Elite Defender

There's a lot of random commentary going on about just how good P.K. Subban is (or isn't) and I figured we should put it into perspective what class of player he really is, based on the 2011-12 NHL season. And it's an exceptional one.

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The Warmup - Mesdames et messieurs

In under 12 hours, the Habs face off against the Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada. About damn time.

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CH 2013 : Galchenyuk, Gallagher et Blunden à bord!

Arrêtant son choix sur 12 attaquants, 7 défenseurs et 2 gardiens, le Canadien a procédé à ses dernières coupures avant d’amorcer sa saison écourtée… et son alignement contient des surprises!

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Habs make final cuts, 3 prospects survive

It looks like 3 potential players have survived the last series of cuts at Habs camp.

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We were on a break

One of the silver linings of the lockout is that it gave Canadiens fans some time to lose the bitter taste in our mouths that was left over from last season. We needed some time apart from our team, to stop stewing over their miserable performance, to miss them, to be able to think about them without getting that sinking feeling. Hey, all relationships need a breather once in a while.

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Preseason Post-Mortems

With a short schedule, success will come down to who gets the bounces more than ever before, making strict predictions all but pointless. That said, if past seasons are any indication, there are certain key factors that will determine success. Here are a couple of ways the season could go.

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The Warmup - One more day

There are 36 more hours until the puck is dropped between the Canadiens and the Leafs at the Bell Centre. How will you spend your time?

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Alex Galchenyuk scores his first in a Habs jersey

The ovation went up as soon as the crowd realized who was shooting, and it only got louder.

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Game Thread: Canadiens Open Scrimmage

Late on this, but here we go!

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The top 5 most important Habs for this season

The Canadiens are in the midst of an on-the-fly rebuild after a complete management restructuring in the offseason, but they can still make the playoffs this year if all these guys perform. Your top 5 most important Canadiens, inside.

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The Warmup - What are your expections for Price?

After a bit of a down season, mostly through no fault of his own, Carey Price is a set to have possibly the biggest impact on the Habs he's ever had. Is he up to the challenge?

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How good can Kaberle be?

According to media reports, Kaberle has come into camp in much better shape than he was in last year, how big of an effect can that have?

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Who's in for the Habs, and who's out?

It's been a long time since we looked through the Habs roster to see where we stand, who's in and who's out from last season? Click to find out.

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The Warmup - Which Leaf do you hate most?

Back in the late 1990's to early 2000's, the Leafs were one of the most hated teams in the league, but are they still?

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All the Habs goals on the Leafs from last season

There's nothing better for getting pumped up for Habs games than some highlights.

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Gomez - accelerated compliance buyout?

Looks like Gomez may not have to sit at home this year.

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Check out this new fantasy hockey app!

During the summer I came up with a nice little formula for predicting player performance, and I put it in a handy app.

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The Habs' 2013 Schedule Breakdown

When the news broke on Saturday night about the schedule, we brought it to you, but we didn't really go over it in depth. Let's change that, shall we?

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The Warmup - Which Hab scores first?

Last year it took until the second game for Mike Cammalleri to score the Habs' first goal, who will it be this time, and when?

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Is Gomez Buyout a Sign of Real Change?

After three disappointing seasons, Scott Gomez has played his last game as a Montreal Canadien. But what does this buyout mean for the future of the organization, and what does it tell us about its past?

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The Warmup - The Michel Therrien Effect

Jacques Martin wasn't a softie behind the bench, but Michel Therrien has the reputation of a real hard ass. In some respects this can be good, but will it work in Montreal?

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Scott Cullen's TSN fantasy rankings for Habs

TSN's Scott Cullen put out a projection of the offensive output of the top 300 players in the NHL for the upcoming season. How does he think the Habs will do?

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Jay Baruchel joins January Podcast - Rated R

For January's podcast, we went a little crazy.

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Michel Therrien: The Biopsy

A definitive look at Michel Therrien's coaching career, and what we can expect from him in the coming seasons.

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Season Review/Preview: Yannick Weber

The young Swiss defender struggled mightily last season. So much so that many fans have already written him off as a prospect. Can he rebound?

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Season Review/Preview: Tomas Kaberle

The 34 year old Czech was constantly derided by fans, partially due to his history as a Maple Leaf and winning a cup as a Boston Bruin, and partially due to visible mistakes. Where does the overpaid veteran fit in next year?

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Season Review/Preview: Raphael Diaz

Diaz was a little polarizing last year for the role he played, in the end he seemed underrated and possibly very good. How much can he contribute in 2012-13?

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Season Review/Preview: Alexei Emelin

Alexei Emelin was used very inconsistently, and while he showed flashes of excellence, his season suffered because of it. Can he grow into a top 4 defenseman?

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Season Review/Preview: Andrei Markov

Andrei Markov has been lacerated, beat up and broken for 3 years. He finally seems to be healthy, but can he stay that way and get back to his former dominant self? The Habs can't make the playoffs if he doesn't.

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Season Review/Preview: Josh Gorges

Josh Gorges has gone from a depth defenseman to the top pairing in Montreal in the last 5 years, but is he legitimately that good, or was he riding Subban's coattails?

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Season Review/Preview: P.K. Subban

Subban has been everything for the Canadiens in his short career, will his reputation finally catch up to his play this season?

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Season Review/Preview: Aaron Palushaj

It's make or break time for Aaron Palushaj's NHL career. Can he force his way onto the Habs before he's overtaken by younger, better prospects?

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Season Review/Preview: Louis Leblanc

Louis Leblanc was pretty impressive in his rookie season, especially considering he was coming off of shoulder surgery in the summer. Can he improve enough to make the team full time?

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Season Review/Preview: Brian Gionta

Gionta had a rough year, derailed by multiple injuries. Can the captain bounce back to the ~30 goal scorer he was with the Habs the previous 2 seasons?

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Season Review/Preview: Erik Cole

Erik Cole is set to turn 34 in November, but he's also healthy for the first time in his career. Can he possibly repeat his career year?

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Season Review/Preview: Travis Moen

Travis Moen has been a sacrificial lamb as far as quality of competition goes, and he's provided value for the Habs for 3 seasons. Can he do it for 4 more?

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Season Review/Preview: Rene Bourque

Rene Bourque is coming off of a disastrous year, and is set to miss any hockey games played before December. Can he bounce back?

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Season Review/Preview: Max Pacioretty

Can Max Pacioretty improve on his career season? Can he transition smoothly to a tough minutes role?

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Season Review/Preview: Lars Eller

Eller has grown defensively and offensively by leaps and bounds the last two years, but can he finally break out as a playmaker?

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Season Review/Preview: David Desharnais

David Desharnais had a dream season last year. Can he possibly repeat it?

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Season Review/Preview: Tomas Plekanec

Tomas Plekanec had a down year in 2011-12 for various reasons. Can he bounce back in 12-13?

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Welcome (back) To The Show: Francis Bouillon

Marc Bergevin made three acquisitions in early July: Colby Armstrong, Brandon Prust and Francis Bouillon. It's been a month since the signings so it's high time to break down each player critically. Lastly; Francis Bouillon.

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Welcome To The Show: Brandon Prust

Marc Bergevin made three acquisitions in early July: Colby Armstrong, Brandon Prust and Francis Bouillon. It's been a month since the signings so it's high time to break down each player critically. Next up, Brandon Prust.

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Welcome To The Show: Colby Armstrong

Marc Bergevin made three acquisitions in early July: Colby Armstrong, Brandon Prust and Francis Bouillon. It's been a month since the signings so it's high time to break down each player critically. First up, Colby Armstrong.

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