Every now and then, a franchise hits rock bottom. Even the most respected franchise in a sport can run afoul. That's where the Canadiens find themselves entering the season after a last-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12. The positive spin is that there's only one way to go from last place. After a coaching change blew up in its face, ownership finally admitted to a problem, checked itself into rehab, and hired a new general manager. Marc Bergevin was lured away from the Blackhawks to shepherd the NHL's premier brand back to its rightful spot. His first order of business was to hire a new head coach, which turned out to be an old head coach. Michel Therrien, who coached Montreal for parts of three seasons between 2000 and 2003, returns on a three-year contract.
Therrien will have limited assets. The Canadiens have one good line and an elite goalie in Carey Price. The coach also inherits P.K. Subban, a talented defenseman who still hasn't quite put it all toget
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