Even with a quick playoff exit, this was a very good season for the Montreal Canadiens. Only one year ago, the team was lost, finishing last in the Eastern Conference and having no clear plan to change that. This season, the Habs bounced back in a big way, winning the Northeast Division and finishing second in the conference.
“We always believed since [the start] of training camp that we would make the playoffs,” said rookie forward Alex Galchenyuk. “We worked all year for this.”
It was additions like Galchenyuk that helped Montreal jump up 13 spots in the standings. Fellow rookie Brendan Gallagher and veterans Michael Ryder, Colby Armstrong and Brandon Prust all came into the lineup and made an immediate impact. And the guy who brought them all in is General Manager Marc Bergevin.
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