Montreal Canadiens: Top 5 Ways the 2012-13 Habs Are Better off Than Last Season

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Montreal Canadiens: Top 5 Ways the 2012-13 Habs Are Better off Than Last Season
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Montreal Canadiens Rene Bourque (from left), Andrei Markov, Rene Bourque and Peter Budaj.

In many ways, the Montreal Canadiens are still not a good team. When you finish third to last in the entire National Hockey League, that much is obvious.

However, despite the relatively minor tweaks the front office made this past summer, the team is in undeniably better shape come this season (whenever it does eventually begin).

Granted, that’s kind of like looking for silver linings in the middle of a thunderstorm…while holding a lightning rod (the lack of positives might end up shocking you instead), but they are out there. One just has to look closely. All right, very closely.

Here are the top five ways this upcoming edition of the Habs are a better team than the 2011-12 one:

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