Habs fans don’t seem to be too optimistic these days, and with good reason. The Canadiens are currently tied for last place in the Eastern Conference, and their short surge for a playoff spot seems like ages ago. Their season can be considered somewhat of a write-off at this point. It is not too likely that they will make noise at the trade deadline.
The trade deadline can be used as an opportunity for the Canadiens to build for the future. There is really no chance of them playing in the postseason this year. They just have not proven they are able to compete consistently with even the mediocre teams in the East.
They have a great young goaltender in Carey Price, but other than that, they should be focused on next season. With the East not being super competitive, it would not be overly difficult to contend for a playoff spot next year. They need to use the trade deadline to free up salary cap room and get some young prospects.
Here are some possibilities for the Canadiens to make the most out of their disappointing season and salvage some hope for their fans going forward.