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Montreal Canadiens season preview

Updated: October 3, 2005, 12:18 PM ET
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THE BOTTOM LINE

By Scott Burnside, Special to ESPN.com

There are a lot of reasons to think the Montreal Canadiens are on the cusp of being a very, very good team. Whether that happens this year or next is debatable, but GM and former Habs great Bob Gainey has assembled an enticing blend of youth and experience, grit and skill.

Offense: Although they didn't blow the doors off the free-agent market, Gainey managed to return Alex Kovalev, one player that should benefit from a new open ...

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