Montreal Canadiens' Complete Guide to the 2013 Offseason

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Montreal Canadiens' Complete Guide to the 2013 Offseason
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Montreal Canadiens Brandon Prust (right) and Brendan Gallagher celebrate a goal against the Ottawa Senators.

While the Montreal Canadiens and general manager Marc Bergevin have presumably been toiling away preparing for summer since the Habs’ first-round exit against the Ottawa Senators, the NHL offseason is almost officially upon us.

As the playoffs wind down and either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Boston Bruins get crowned Stanley Cup champions, it prompts the question: Just what do the Habs have to do to put themselves in a position to win it all themselves, preferably as soon as next season?

Despite the first-round upset, one must not forget the Habs were right there for most of the season. At the very least, they are a heck of lot closer than two years ago, when they finished last in the Eastern Conference.

Nevertheless, the offseason is a sobering time of year, at which point it becomes clear they, like all other teams, have a lot of work to do just to prepare for next season. Here is the Montreal Canadiens’ Complete Guide to the 2013 offseason, from the draft to the outlook for 2013-14:

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