With new management inevitably comes change. One position where the Canadiens need to improve is on defense.
Joel Edmundson is on the verge of getting into the line-up and it's not a minute too soon for the Canadiens and the defense core. What impact will he bring to the team?
The present is bleak, the near future is so-so and the mid to long term prognostic is encouraging. Building a contender from the net out is no guarantee any time soon.
There are many reasons for the Canadiens' implosion this season but there is one that is bigger than all others. It's costing the team big time and that one is 100% on the General Manager.
The offense, the defense, the strain on the goaltenders... all of that could be fixed with one correction. Easier said than done, but doable nonetheless.