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For the first time in its history, at least since the beginning of World War II, the Canadian is risking losing last place in the National Hockey League.

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Mathias Brunett

Mathias Brunett
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The CH are level on points with the Arizona Coyotes, but the Coyotes have three games left against the Canadians’ two.

Arizona also won two more games, taking the lead in the standings for the time being. Montreal’s back-to-back losses to the Rangers on Wednesday and the Panthers on Friday will see them bottom no matter the results in Arizona.

However, these two formations seemed far apart six months ago. The Canadian, fresh from his glory after taking part in the final, was hoping to return there this year.

The Coyotes announced a rebuild last summer, gutting their club to garner draft picks and prospects.

In further evidence of the opposing aspirations of these two organizations, Montreal relinquished first-round picks in 2022 and second-round picks in 2024 to get 25-year-old Christian Dvorak. Fortunately, this first pick should be at the end of the round, as Montreal will offer the pick received from the Carolina Hurricanes as compensation for the hostile bid on Jesperi Kotkaniemi…

Dvorak will no doubt be in the trade market this summer, Western Conference teams had inquired about his availability, sources say, but Marc Bergevin’s successors likely won’t get as much back as the Coyotes, despite Dvorak having 9 points in his last 10 games and 17 in his last 24.

A dark season at the beginning of the war

Montreal had finished seventh and last overall in 1939-40, behind Boston, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Detroit and New York’s second club, the Americans, two years after their demise.

The CH would have to wait a few seasons later for the arrival of Maurice Richard, Émile “Butch” Bouchard, Elmer Lach, Bill Durnan and coach Dick Irvin to see good years.

But back to the 21stand Century and the current misery of this formation.

Patience with fools

Getting out of the basement requires patience. Of the teams that finished bottom overall for ten years, only two, Colorado in 2016-2017 and Toronto the previous year, made the playoffs the following season.

The Buffalo Sabers, with their endless remodeling, did nothing to improve the rank of fools. They have finished in the basement four times since 2014 and are still not aiming for the playoffs. Here is a portrait of the worst clubs in the table since 2012.

20-21 buffalo

Win the lottery and draw Owen Power as the overall winner. Improved record this winter (31-38-11), enough to beat Detroit, Ottawa, New Jersey and Philadelphia in the East but still 27 points from a playoff spot. In Buffalo, however, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

19-20 Detroit

Lost three spots in the draft order but still managed to get his hands on Lucas Raymond, one of the most promising recruits. Before him, Alexis Lafrenière, Quinton Byfield and Tim Stützle were drafted. The Red Wings will miss the playoffs again this year, but like Buffalo, we finally seem to be on the verge of hatching.

18-19 Ottawa

The Senators didn’t use their top draft pick because it was traded with Matt Duchene owned by the Colorado Avalanche. Ottawa could have relinquished its first pick of 2018 but preferred to draft Brady Tkachuk fourth that year and sacrifice his pick the following year. The Avalanche drafted Bowen Byram fourth overall in 2019. The Senators will miss the playoffs for a third spring since last overall in 2019.

17-18 buffalo

As in 2021, the Sabers win the lottery and hire a much-coveted defense attorney in Rasmus Dahlin. With Eichel, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen and now Dahlin, they probably didn’t expect to fish back to first place four places later without ever even coming close to making the playoffs!

16-17 Colorado

Patrick Roy left training camp with a bang and his successor Jared Bednar endured a disastrous first season. The Avalanche didn’t win the lottery and slipped three spots…good for them, they drafted Cale Makar to Nico Hischier, Nolan Patrick and Miro Heiskanen (a brilliant Dallas pick). Colorado already has good players Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen after tough years in previous seasons and will qualify for the playoffs next season never to miss again.

15-16 Toronto

The Maple Leafs won the lottery and drafted the most eligible player, Auston Matthews. Like the Avalanche, they have suffered in recent years and already have potential young stars in their organization in Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Morgan Rielly, all of whom have been drafted into the top eight. They will reach the playoffs next season thanks to a great rookie year by Matthews (40 goals), won’t miss them after that but still haven’t crossed the first round.

14-15 buffalo

Then-Sabres GM Tim Murray looked dejected watching the Edmonton Oilers win the jackpot and the privilege of taking Connor McDavid as the overall winner. Buffalo again chooses second prize, Jack Eichel. He was traded to the Golden Knights this winter. Buffalo has missed the playoffs six straight years since that draft.

13-14 buffalo

The Sabers lost the lottery to the Florida Panthers. They get their hands on defender Aaron Ekblad. The Sabers’ second overall pick, Sam Reinhart, is looking promising after a 105-point, 60-game season at Kootenay, but time will tell they would have been better off with Leon Draisaitl. Reinhart joined Ekblad in Florida this year in exchange for a first-round pick and young Quebec goaltender Devon Levi and is having the best season of his career.

12-13 Fla

The Panthers lose the lottery to the Avalanche (Nathan MacKinnon), but the consolation prize remains exceptional, Aleksander Barkov. But even though the organization already has another jewel, Jonathan Huberdeau, who was drafted two years earlier, we still have to be patient in Florida. The Panthers would make the playoffs just once in the next six years, finishing 29thand and penultimate in Barkov’s first season.

11-12 Columbus

The Blue Jackets lose the lottery to the Edmonton Oilers, drafting Nail Yakupov. Columbus doesn’t do much better by picking defenseman Ryan Murray for second place, but is still unanimous ahead of this draft. Alex Galchenyuk and Griffin Reinhart will be next. The weakness of this vintage does not revive the worst teams. The Blue Jackets would miss the playoffs four of the next five years. They have only won one round since then and are beginning another round of rebuilding.

Message from Michel Lacroix

The Canadian’s house spokesman Michel Lacroix knew we would interrupt his first interventions during Sunday’s pre-game ceremonies to ask for a minute’s silence in memory of Guy Lafleur. He knew his attempts would reignite the standing ovations and love cries reserved for Guy Lafleur. It was in the script. After all, Michel Lacroix has a job. The ovation lasted ten minutes and our man had a message for fans on Twitter on Monday morning to reassure those who feared he had been rude to him: “I would have been disappointed if you hadn’t interrupted me to say hello to Guy Lafleur to pay tribute. Respect, you have proven once again that you are the best fans in the world. Thanks. »

A sober ceremony, grandiose by the outpouring of love from the fans. Who hasn’t cried?

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