5 Missing Pieces Keeping Montreal Canadiens from Being a Contender

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5 Missing Pieces Keeping Montreal Canadiens from Being a Contender
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Montreal Canadien Alex Galchenyuk celebrates a goal.

As recently as early April, the Montreal Canadiens were thought to be contenders to, at the very least, make it out of the Eastern Conference. Due to several uncontrollable factors, at least following the trade deadline, it didn't work out that way, though.

It wasn’t that much of a stretch to conceive of the Habs' high-flying offense that averaged over three goals per game taking them all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Then the unthinkable happened. The Habs fell back down to Earth, crushing fans dreams of a league-leading 25th Stanley Cup in the process, losing 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators in the first round.

Looking back at what went wrong over the last stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs, here are five pieces Montreal requires to become a contender next season and beyond.

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