LAST SEASON: 50-22-10, 110 points. Won Atlantic Division. Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Michel Therrien, 11th NHL season,
ADDED: D Mark Barberio, RW Zack Kassian, RW Alex Semin.
LOST: D Sergei Gonchar, C Manny Malhotra, RW P.A. Parenteau, LW Brandon Prust, D Mike Weaver.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Semin. Despite finishing a mere three points behind the New York Rangers for the Presidents’ Trophy, Montreal was not an offensive powerhouse in 2014-15. The Canadiens finished last season having scored 214 goals, an average of 2.61 per game, and their power play ranked 23rd in the NHL. Semin, signed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract will be asked to do more in Montreal after scoring just six goals in 57 games last season with Carolina.
OUTLOOK: Montreal and its deep roster with standout goaltender Carey Price should make another run in the playoffs — maybe even a deep run. All Price accomplished in 2014-15 was to lead the NHL in save percentage (.933), goals-against average (1.96) and wins (44), earning the Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina Trophy and Jennings Trophy in the process.