We all know that the Tampa Bay Lightning, who completed off the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 final evening in Recreation 5 to win back-to-back Stanley Cups, will face cap issues and the shortest offseason in historical past, because it’ll be simply two-and-a-half months (so mainly one month sober).
The Canadiens would be the extra attention-grabbing franchise to observe and see what they’ll conclude from all this. On the finish of the day, this was a staff that completed fourth in a horrible division. Subsequent 12 months, the Lighting will return to the Atlantic, in addition to Florida and Boston, with Toronto already there. Relying on how issues go this summer time, you wouldn’t even guess on the Habs making the playoffs once more.
That doesn’t imply the Canadiens don’t do a lot of things right process-wise, which I’ve documented earlier than. However they nonetheless lack high finish scoring expertise, which they only bought a face-full of from the Lightning to indicate them how large the hole is. You’ll be able to’t preserve telling everybody you’re advantageous with Josh Anderson and Tyler Toffoli. Cole Caufield has future star written throughout him, however he is perhaps the one real top-liner they’ve. The entire groups they’ll be again within the division with subsequent season can boast 4 or 5. Carey Value will get his due, however will probably be 34 subsequent season. They’ve some cap house, and will get extra if they will jettison one or two of the previous, sluggish defensemen they’ve. However after this run, will they determine they nonetheless should have Phillip Danault, Artturi Lehkonen, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi?
Canadiens followers will bear in mind this season for some time. However if they don’t acknowledge the hole up to the Lightning and their contemporaries after this, it is perhaps all these followers have to hold onto for some time.