Therefore, I expect to see asterisks next to TBay’s last two Cup wins with a footnote “Covid flukes”?We can all agree on what happened. The Habs made the finals. Where we disagree is on the significance of what happened vis a vis the Habs' near future. You and other seem to think that making the finals means something simply because it happened. Geeman and I, among others, are of the opinion that the circumstances which make such a thing possible need to be taken into account, especially when those particular circumstances are unlikely to replicate themselves ever again.
In other words, if your team was garbage under the normal circumstances present during a regular NHL season, and they only stopped being garbage when those circumstances drastically changed, it's probably safe to assume that once things return to normal, your team's performance will also go back to being what it was before: i.e. garbage.
Making the finals in an asterisk-laden season does not magically transform the Habs into contenders. There are actual contenders and then there are flukes and one off's. We are in the latter group. Bergevin hasn't done nearly enough to put this team into contention for anything but the last wildcard spot.