It’s finally here! Draft day! When Sean and Zach go toe-to-toe drafting their favourite (and some very much less so) members of your Montreal Canadiens media (EN) universe! Plus some talk of Drouin, Galchenyuk, Thornton, Jagr and the Hall of Fame! Summer podcasts don’t get better than this.
Zach returns to the mini-pod to talk about the big Jonathan Drouin for Mikhail Sergachev (and some conditional picks) trade. Drouin also signed a 6-year, $5.5-million AAV, which means the French Quebec kid who grew up a Habs fan is here to stay, which is good because the Canadiens dare out of prospects.
Technical difficulties held Sean back from gloating after the Habs were eliminated, but the gents are finally back (with some more technical difficulties, so apologies for the sound issues) to talk about what’s next for the Habs, the futilitous existence of the Washington Capitals, the reluctantly-accepted greatness of Erik Karlsson, and – of course- Subban and the Preds inevitable Stanley Cup victory.
It’s over and Zach is here to declare the season a resounding disappointment. The Canadiens should have been better than six games and done in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, but they weren’t. So now what? What does the future hold for players like Galchenyuk, Beaulieu, Radulov, Plekanec? Does Carey Price deserve any of the blame for the first round failure? This and more on the final episode of The Recency Bias this season.
Zach feels the Canadiens have failed to put New York away when they’ve had the chance and now the lingering Rangers have taken a 3-2 series lead. Your Montreal Canadiens looked deflated after Skjei tied things at 2 near the end of the second period and the visitors took things their way from there on into OT. So what do the Habs need to do now?
The New York Rangers were the hungrier team in Game 4 and it showed. Needing a win to avoid going back to Montreal down 3-1, the Rangers came out gunning and outplayed the Habs through three periods to even the series up, using blunders by Andrei Markov and Max Pacioretty, among several others, to make this now a best of three series.
Your Montreal Canadiens followed-up an exciting Game 2 win with a decisive victory in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Shea Weber and Alex Radulov are powering the Habs right now, while Mitchell and Davidson slotting in appeared to make the Canadiens a more complete team in Game 3.