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The title written 26 years ago following Patrick Roy’s trade to Colorado can be used again this season: “The historic club are now a team in turmoil. ”

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Monday was a miserable day in Montreal with snow overnight that turned to rain.

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It was a mess, as was the season for the Canadiens.

Canadiens go 6-17-3 heading into Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Center (19h, TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup Final.

The Lightning picked up where it left off last season with a 15-5-4 record as they look to win a third straight Stanley Cup, as the wheels fell off the Canadiens. On Tuesday, the Canadiens are expected to miss 12 of the 20 players who were in the lineup for the final game of the Stanley Cup Final because they are no longer with the team, are injured or are in COVID-19 protocol. the NHL. Those 12 players are goaltender Carey Price, defensemen Shea Weber, Jeff Petry and Joel Edmundson, and forwards Brendan Gallagher, Josh Anderson, Eric Staal, Phillip Danault, Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Tyler Toffoli and Corey Perry.

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With 56 games to go this season, Sportsclubstats.com lists the odds of Canadians making the playoffs at 0.1 percent.

Monday also marked the 26th anniversary of the infamous trade that saw the Canadiens send Patrick Roy and captain Mike Keane to the Colorado Avalanche in return for Andrei Kovalenko, Martin Rucinsky and Jocelyn Thibault. The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in that 1995-96 season and won again in 2001, when the Canadiens never really recovered from that trade.

The following day, the main headline on the front page of the Sports section of the Montreal Gazette was: “THE CASE IS OVER”, while the headline of Jack Todd’s column was: “The historic club is now a team in turmoil.

That second title could still be used this season to describe the Canadiens.

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So, on a miserable day like Monday when the players show up for training, how does head coach Dominique Ducharme keep them motivated?

“We still showed a lot of energy in the last game and we were there,” Ducharme said of Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators in Nashville. “Over time we want to get that second point and we come back today and get ready for tomorrow. We take it one day at a time. There are much worse things to do than come to the rink to play hockey. We’re lucky enough about this and everyone is aware of it and we get to work. Guys face adversity and we are faced with a pretty unique situation. But that’s how it goes.

“This is not the ideal situation,” added Ducharme. “It’s not what we planned for sure. We have nine guys who were out today, which doesn’t include a guy like Weber. We miss a lot of guys and we play in Tampa, which we played in the final. But every night, you see, we have a challenge. Every day it seems like we lose a guy or two. So I hope that at some point it will stop and everyone will come back healthy. “

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The Canadiens did something to lighten the mood and express some freedom during Saturday’s pre-game warm-up in Nashville as some of the players hit the ice without wearing helmets. Among them were Jonathan Drouin, Ben Chiarot, Mike Hoffman, Chris Wideman, Christian Dvorak, David Savard and Mathieu Perreault.

With Marc Bergevin as GM, all players wore helmets for warm-ups, but it’s a small change since Jeff Gorton became the new Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations.

“The (players) have decided to go (without a helmet) for this game,” said Ducharme. “Sometimes just having the vibe… a different mood.” It’s just something we see in the NHL.

Like I said, it’s going to be a really long season, so little things can help make the game more fun again.

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The arrival of a new face in the person of defenseman Kale Clague could also shed some light on the matter after he was claimed on Saturday from the Los Angeles Kings waiver.

“One of the things Jeff mentioned is bringing energy,” said Clague after participating in his first practice with the Canadiens on Monday. “So I will try to bring energy and keep morale up. So I will try to integrate this into my game as well.

After splitting this season between the AHL Kings and Ontario Reign, who are also located in California, Clague was asked what he thought of the weather in Montreal on Monday.

“I feel like I almost forgot how to drive in the winter being in LA for so long,” said the 23-year-old defenseman who was selected by the Kings in the second round (51st overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. NHL. “But I’m used to it. I grew up in Alberta and played junior hockey in Brandon, MB, so it’s as cold as it gets. So it was normal… it was like being at home.

Get used to it, Kale. It will be a long winter in Montreal for the Canadiens.

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