Ramblings: Andersen, Shattenkirk, Olofsson, Gaudreau, and Other Surprises; Caufield Update – November 2

Michael Clifford

2021-11-02

The big news from Monday was that Cole Caufield, Montreal’s prize prospect, was being sent to the AHL. On the season, he has zero goals on 22 shots, with just one assist in 10 contests. That is poor, to be sure, but let’s keep in mind that Hoffman and Perreault are the only Habs players with more than two goals, while someone like Gallagher has just two points. This entire team, outside of a couple bright spots, has been awful, and will not improve much over the balance of the season.

As a Habs fan, the Cup run was magical. It was obviously bad for the franchise, though, because team over-achieved and all the decision-makers involved with that overachiever are still around. They don’t realize how bad this team actually is, and that’s going to stunt their progress moving forward. I am not worried about Caufield as a player, I’m worried about Montreal’s ability to put together a competitive roster before he demands a trade. Oh, how’s their development track record been of late, anyway?

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Some more bad news for Vegas:

I guess Stephenson is about to get a lot of ice time but I don’t think this necessarily pushes them more towards an Eichel trade. They need healthy bodies now before they fall too far back as the injuries pile up.

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Monster extension alert: