Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said he is thrilled about the possibilities for his team this season and a few seasons beyond that.
"I'm really excited about the next I'll say three-to-eight years," Molson said this past week. "Because of the core group we have, the newcomers and the really newcomers, I think we're going to have a good team. Anything can happen. Injuries can happen, but if all things are equal, we're going to have a good team on the ice. …
"We've made additions to the team, a couple subtractions here and there, and the core group that did well, way better than we expected last year, is coming back hopefully with a little more fire in their bellies."
Personnel changes this offseason include the arrivals of defenseman Ben Chiarot, forward Nick Cousins and backup goalie Keith Kinkaid, who each signed as a free agent in July, and the departure of sparkplug forward Andrew Shaw, who was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on June 30.
Molson is entering his second decade as owner. On June 20, 2009, it was announced that the consortium Molson led had reached agreement in principle to buy the Canadiens, its Bell Centre home and a concert/entertainment promotion company from U.S. businessman George Gillett Jr.