Dumping the Farm: What the Montreal Canadiens Need to Do to Contend in 2011

William LabineContributor IApril 9, 2010

QUEBEC CITY- SEPTEMBER 20: David Desharnais #58 of the Montreal Canadiens skates prior to NHL Preseason game against the Boston Bruins  on September 20, 2009 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 2-1.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Enough of this. Now I don't know about you, but I for one am sick and tired of the sub-par play of this year's Montreal Canadiens.

Some of the worst signings (and signings that should have happened, but didn't) imaginable are at the forefront of this problem. I am here to tell you all what should happen for us to try and contend.

1. Dump the players that aren't working out. Mostly on the blue line, the Habs have been failing at playing what they're paid. Paul Mara, Jaro Spacek, and Hal Gill haven't been playing up to their combined salary of roughly $7.758 mil. Lapierre and Laraque should also be shipped out.

2. Call up, call up, call up! We have some very VERY promising players down in Hamilton that are ready for the jump. David Desharnais (27g, 78p), Brock Trotter (36g, 77p), and P.K.Subban (18g, 53p) should have a reserved spot on next year's roster.

3. Settle this damned goalie controversy. All season long it's been "Price or Halak." The answer is simple when you look at the numbers. Canadiens' fans aren't going to wait much longer for another Cup. Trade Price at the draft, possibly make a case for Seguin or Hall. Only about 15 teams would be interested in Halak, all 29 would want Price. 

4. Give Markov or Gionta captaincy. Yes I know, we all want a French Canadian captain, not another Euro. But let's face it, none are ready. We have a great team, and the leaders are right in front of us. Give them what they deserve.

Other than almost our whole defensive core needing some work, we're looking pretty good. Expect Les Canadiens to make some noise in 2011, and maybe drink with Lord Stanley.