New Season, New HabsAddict!

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Greetings Habs Addicts! A new and exciting season is upon us, and with the new look Habs comes a new look HabsAddict. In a world where Habs coverage seems to be getting more and more pessimistic and overloaded with in-depth analytics, Habs Addict is a blog for fans by fans. We may not always be optimistic but we’ll always wish the best for Nos Glorieux and we’ll always have something fun, or maybe just incredibly frustrating, to discuss.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Rob Elbaz, formerly of the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show and Habs Week In Review podcasts, although lately, most of my Habs related thoughts have been published directly to Twitter. I’m looking forward to a fun season full of entertaining Habs talk, and I hope you’ll take part as well, either right here in comment threads, on Twitter, or on the Habs Addict Facebook Page.

I can’t wait to introduce the rest of the Habs Addict team to you, look for an update later in the week. We also have some openings for writers, look for more info on that as well.

So let’s drop the puck already and get things started!

What are you most looking forward to this season, and which of the new recruits are you most excited about? Is it 18-year-old standout Mikhail Sergachev? Mr. Man Mountain himself, Shea Weber? What about Alexander Radulov and Andrew Shaw?  Or Finnish phenom Artturi Lehkonen?

Is the new roster an improvement or a step in the wrong direction?

Let us know what you think, and of course, Go Habs Go!


  1. Still don’t understand the trade. Was Subban really disliked by his teammates? If so, why? The fan perception is that he is a classy, considerate man. Mrs. Beliveau likes him. Is he really a problem to play with? Or is he simply a guy the coach didn’t like? My point is that I don’t see the team being better with Weber. This lineup, with PK rather than Weber is a legitimate Cup contender. Without him, a team like the Pens will eat that defense. Mobility and zone exits, in the Therrien system, are problematic. They are a better team today because Price is healthy and they’ve added Radulov and Lehkonen. Galchenyuk and Beaulieu are better. The improvement has nothing to do with Weber. Therrien will be happier but he’s the lack of leadership that is the core issue and that has worsened because he’ll feel omnipotent now. Muller is the wild card. Sad that Subban’s not there.

    1. Hey Ralph…for the record, I’m also sad that Subban isn’t there. But the fact is that Weber is an exceptional defenseman.

      For me, the real problem with the Subban trade is the longer, and not shorter term implications.

      Like, that Weber deal is going to look really bad in 5 or 6 years.

      But, for now, Bergevin feels this move makes his team better. The proof will be in the pudding.

      But you nailed it…this all comes down to Price. If he can’t stay healthy them none of this will matter..

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      I don’t think we’ll ever know what really sparked the Subban trade, but it probably had a little to do with his on-ice play, and a bit with his off-ice personality. That said, protecting Price is going to be a big theme this season and I’m sure management is really happy to have Weber filling that role.

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    Thanks Kamal! Looking for to some great chats this season.

    Sergachev is definitely the guy I’ve got my eye on early. If management really wants to stretch this out, Tinordi barely played last year but was on the roster most of the season. Just practicing and sharing a locker room with guys like Weber and Markov will be huge for his development.

    Carey Price’s health is the real question mark, it seems like he could lead the IceCaps to a playoff berth when he’s healthy, with even an average NHL team in front of him, you can’t count the Habs out of contention!

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