Just like that, another division champ is out. This time, it’s the Montreal Canadiens, the only Atlantic Division team to exceed 100 points during the regular season.
And now it’s over.
Last offseason, a shocking blockbuster trade made by Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin brought in Shea Weber in exchange for P.K. Subban, marking the urgency to win now in Montreal. It didn’t happen this spring, and the pressure will only heighten, in part because of that deal.
Bergevin can’t afford another disappointing exit next spring, so this coming season becomes a crucial one for the Canadiens. Here’s a look at where he should focus this offseason: