Montreal Canadiens: 8 Players Who Must Go Before Team Can Vie for Stanley Cup

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Montreal Canadiens: 8 Players Who Must Go Before Team Can Vie for Stanley Cup
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The departure of Jaroslav Spacek from Montreal subverted the idea for this story before I got it started.

The Montreal Canadiens have been a middle of the road team this season and for most of their recent history. They have some good pieces; Carey Price, Mike Cammalleri, P.K. Subban for example. They also have a good quantity of dead wood that needs be cleared out, replaced and improved upon before this team is ready to challenge for, let alone win a Stanley Cup. 

Despite the exciting playoff run in 2010, when they managed to knock off the President's Cup Trophy winner and the defending Stanley Cup champions in exciting back-to-back seven-game series, this Montreal lineup really needs a miracle to win a Stanley Cup.

I have listed the players that I think have to be replaced or will be replaced, in order from those that are least important to be removed to the most important. The lineup needs to be improved in these eight spots for the team to become a legitimate and hopefully enduring Stanley Cup contender.

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