The team had the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and looked like they could be making a push towards their first Stanley Cup in 20 years. That push was stopped very quickly via a five-game series loss. It is time for Montreal to make a serious free agent push in trying to improve for next season. There is one player who will be a free agent that would fit in very nicely with the Canadiens.
That’s Nathan Horton, who has scored 18 points in 19 postseason games so far for the Boston Bruins. He would be the right player to put at right wing on a line with young left winger Max Pacioretty. If Montreal could find a way to get Horton, they could have him on that first line since they are planning to let talented right-winger Michael Ryder go in free agency. Horton has shown this postseason that he can play through the pain as well.
He is only 28-years old and while his price tag may be high, it will be worth it for the Canadiens to try to make this happen. They can’t get to the playoffs in the one city in Canada where hockey means the most and then fall on your face without expecting changes to follow.
Who knows if there will be any other changes made by Montreal with the lower salary cap going next season. They will clear room letting Ryder go and Horton would fit in perfectly in his spot.