The Montréal Canadiens finished in last place in the Eastern Conference at the end of the 2011-2012 season with a 31-35-16 record.
Max Pacioretty led the team with 33 goals and 65 points after suffering a severe concussion and fractured vertebra near the end of last season, off-season acquisition Erik Cole paced Montréal with 35 goals, P.K. Subban emerged as a legitimate NHL defenseman, and Carey Price finished with a 2.43 GAA and .916 save percentage despite a 26-28-11 record and played in his second consecutive NHL All-Star game.
The team fired head coach Jacques Martin in December after Martin spent parts of three seasons with the Habs and named Randy Cunneyworth his interim replacement.
The Canadiens need to rebuild this season and hire an experienced coach to lead the storied franchise after a disappointing 2011-2012 season.