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Habs Season Thread: 2023-24 Season

Did we ever really tank, though? Honestly.

I could listen to arguments that we pulled the ol' unintentional tanking thing. We just had a terribly built team with no prospects and a shit ton of money tied in bad contracts - every single one of those contracts was seen as bad, btw - and went through a huge string of injuries. That's not tanking, that's just shitty roster building. Thanks, The Charlatan!
A true intentional tank was Buffalo going after CMD or Leafs Matthews
 
Tough to do the Hawks strategy when you have many fucked up contracts in place by Nero

11 and 31 eat 18 mil that you cant unwind overnight , sprinkle in your Armia and others and you have nearly have half a cap of junk
Price doesn't matter, he gives us 10 million extra
 
We tanked as hard as we could. Aside from trading Suzuki and Cole, I’m not sure what we could have done.

We did have the #1 pick!! There are no better picks!

Monty cost us a top 4 pick last yr by improving in a way that wasn’t completely anticipated
 
Last yr and this year is it.
Now we’re in “get lucky” mode without the edge of being a supertanker

There could be, in theory, a yuge trade to retool the top 6. But that would mean someone we assume is part of the core is moved. Boston moving Thornton, EDM moving Hall, etc.
 
We could always draft a Pasternak or a Brayden Point or a Kucherov. Shit happens.
 
That still isn't tanking, though.

The question's simple: Since Gorton & Hughes have been here, has this team been intentionally trying to tank? The answer is very clearly no.
Chicago tanking style? No. But otherwise yes, we haven’t even been trying to put up a competitive team since the new management took over. Not sure what more tanking you would expect short of trading Suzuki and giving Allen 60 starts a season.
 
Chicago tanking style? No. But otherwise yes, we haven’t even been trying to put up a competitive team since the new management took over. Not sure what more tanking you would expect short of trading Suzuki and giving Allen 60 starts a season.
Never had a chance at a competitive team even if you forced it by more patching
 
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