Let's get this straight: I am no fan of the Canadiens. Can't stand em!
But I'm really happy they went deep into the playoffs. I could have even been happy if they got into the finals (so long as they lost in the end).
Why, you wonder?
Because some fool will take this run as an indication that the current line-up is a team to build around for future success.
This isn't the Penguins losing to Detroit in '09, with a roster full of allstars and many years ahead of them. This team is much more like the Edmonton team that went on the Cinderella run. We all remember how that worked out for them.
Any realist knows Montreal got lucky, fortunate, good bounces, great goaltending, and a bunch of underachieving opponents. Any smart hockey fan knows that they barely made it into the playoffs, and only won games by collapsing on the net and praying to god that their goalie could stop the puck (it didn't even seem to matter who at times, since they switched from Halak to Price and back). And any good GM knows that their team is full of holes that need to be patched.
Thought I believe they have a more than a couple GMs in Montreal, I don't think any of them are good.
So Bravo, Montreal. You rode a hot goalie and Dominic Moore to the Conference Finals. I'm sure you'll be met with similar success next year should you keep things the same. Plus, there are probably a few UFAs under 5'6'' you can sign in the summer, and an overrated French Canadian or two to draft.
Congratulations on your incredibly successful playoff run.
We'll see you next season.