Montreal Canadiens: 5 Bold Explanations for Their Worst Start in 70 Years

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Montreal Canadiens: 5 Bold Explanations for Their Worst Start in 70 Years
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The Montreal Canadiens are on the verge of their worst start in the last 70 years.

That is quite ironic considering that the local media has been bragging for months about the Canadiens roster which was supposed to be the best on paper in the past several years.  

In the offseason, GM Pierre Gauthier decided to let go two of his best defenseman in Roman Hamrlik and James Wisniewski. He instead decided to sign 32-year-old Erik Cole to a very lucrative contract.

However, in their most recent losses, Jacques Martin often opted to go with journeyman Mathieu Darche on the power play instead of Cole.

Am I missing something? This is supposed to be the best recent teams in Montreal, and they are on their way to achieve one of the worst starts of their glorious history.  

Gauthier sacrificed two of his defensemen and brought in an overachiever in Cole. However, coach Jacques Martin chose the 34-year-old Darche over him. Cole might be overrated, but Darche has only 61 career points.

Montreal can still turn its season around, but it will have to make key modifications in order to achieve its goal.

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