The Canadiens are suffering their worst streak in recent memory, going 2-6-1 over their last 9 games and some wonder where the bottom will be. Once comfortably holding 1st in the Eastern Conference, the Habs struggles since a series of injuries and suspensions have seen them fall to 5th. They hold a 15 point lead over the next batch of teams, but there are still 30+ games to be played in the season.
The eluded to injuries and suspensions are the main reason for the Habs struggles, but one should not forget about the intense drinking of 39 year old star goaltender Pekka Rinne. An off-season signing to support Cup Champion Evan Sarthou, Rinne quickly found himself in the starter's role as his numbers were much superior to the young Sarthouian.
As suspensions and injuries began to take hold of the Habs' top 6 and top defensemen, however, Rinne's (and the team's) numbers began to plummet. Rinne has been seen drinking out of a brown paper bag between periods, asking fans if they "wanna feel these guns for a toonie".
Most of the MIA Habs will be returning this season, with the exception of Mike Richards who has been lost for the remainder of the year. Unfortunately for GM Ty "Big Poppa Pump" Boyko, none of his players will return prior to the trade deadline, so he will have to make a decision in the coming weeks as to whether he wants to sacrifice future pieces to replace Richards in an attempt to repeat as EHEC Cup Champions, or if he wants to trade some of this older core with a look to the future when this team will be lead by Kirby Dach, Klim Kostin, Matthew Boldy, Rodion Amirov, and probably-still-somehow Pekka Rinne.
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