Changing the Culture: Saving the Future of the Montreal Canadiens

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Changing the Culture: Saving the Future of the Montreal Canadiens
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Something must be done about the Montreal Candien's organization. It's quite obvious, really. The Habs downed the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, over the weekend to pull within six points of the Leafs in the standings. However, beating the Maple Leafs in the standings doesn't guarantee a playoff berth like some delusional fans seem to think it does. 

Far from it.

The Canadiens are an organization in rapid decline, and the firing of assistant coach Perry Pearn and head coach Jacques Martin along with the panic trade that saw scoring forward Mike Cammalleri heading to Calgary in exchange for Rene Bourque are prime examples of just that. At the rate they are headed, the Canadiens are on pace for approximately 77 points in the standings come season's end. That's a significant drop from last year's 96 points.

Then again, it's all about perspective. The average fan might look at the eighth-place Washington Capitals and notice that have 53 points, putting them just eight points ahead of the Canadiens. However, Mike Cammalleri offered a different perspective just before being dealt to the Calgary Flames.

“I can’t accept that we will display a losing attitude as we’re doing this year. We prepare for our games like losers. We play like losers. So it’s no wonder why we lose.” 

Change is almost imminent in Montreal, or at least it should be. Let's take a look a some moves that need to happen in order for the Montreal Canadiens to return to the same caliber as the team who made an unlikely run to the Eastern Conference Finals just two years ago.

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