The Canadiens were fifth overall in the NHL standings as their general manager spoke Monday afternoon, they had largely avoided injury and, despite a recent slump that was quickly heading toward near crisis, everything had gone about as well as Marc Bergevin could have hoped before the season.

Most notably, all of his major offseason acquisitions were playing extremely well, and Bergevin was happy to talk about it. He mentioned Josh Anderson’s ability to make an impact on a game even when he isn’t scoring, Tyler Toffoli’s intelligence, and how “when the puck leaves his stick, it’s always in a better place.” He said Joel Edmundson had stabilized his defense, and Jake Allen has provided much-needed results playing behind Carey Price in goal.

All of these things are true, but there are also other truths simmering below the surface that are perhaps less positive and which might require some attention from Bergevin at some…



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