Montreal Canadiens: Best Addition And Worst Subtraction Of The Summer

Now that the off-season seems to be slowing down, we have a pretty good idea of every team's roster heading into this upcoming year. In this segment, we will be going over the best addition and worst subtraction for each of them. Something important to note is that players who were re-signed or given extensions will not be eligible for the "best addition" section. The same applies for picks from this year's NHL Entry Draft.

In this piece, we will be looking at the Montreal Canadiens. It's been an interesting summer for the Canadiens, as they have gone through many changes to their roster. The Stanley Cup runner-ups will be looking to carry over their momentum from last postseason to this year's regular season. It will be intriguing to see how they end up doing. 

Before beginning, although Shea Weber's NHL career is in jeopardy, he is still under contract with the team and won't be used for the "worst subtraction" section. There's always the slim chance he returns in the future, but nonetheless, his presence will be missed.

Best Addition: Christian Dvorak C

After the Carolina Hurricanes successfully offer sheeted Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the Canadiens smartly traded for Christian Dvorak. Dvorak should be a very solid second-line center for the team moving forward. In 56 games this past season with the Arizona Coyotes, he scored 17 goals and recorded 31 points. On a stronger offensive team like the Canadiens, it would not be surprising to see his production go up. Furthermore, he also has been noted for his solid defensive play, too. 

Mike Hoffman is also a great addition for the Canadiens, but due to the fact that they needed a center badly, Dvorak has a small edge in my opinion. The additions of David Savard and veteran Mathieu Perrault also should be beneficial. 

Worst Subtraction: Phillip Danault C

One could argue that Kotkaniemi is the team's worst subtraction, but I feel Phillip Danault is. Danault was a big reason for the Canadiens' success in the playoffs. Although he did not contribute much offensively, his defensive play was spectacular. They will miss having his strong two-way play in their lineup. This is especially the case if he becomes a 40-to-50 point player again with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Canadiens also lost Corey Perry and Tomas Tatar this off-season, too. Overall, they have made a lot of changes this summer. 

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