The Canadiens are expected to be active in the free agent market which takes off July 1st.
The Habs are also expected to lose a few familiar faces this summer.
Depending how you feel these can be considered important players.
Niklas Sundstrom is leaving the NHL to return to Sweden. Sundstrom’s play has been declining for quite some time and he can no longer play a regular role at the NHL level. Few people if any will be shedding tears that Niklas is gone.
Jan Bulis on the other hand is a little different. Bulis doesn’t feel appreciated in Montreal and will be leaving the Habs.
Bulis became a healthy scratch and was on the trade block for much of last season. For whatever reason Gainey is less than impressed with Bulis but it’s rumored to be an attitude issue. Bulis showed signs of being a good player but his consistency and effort were not always there. He had his chance and his time as a Hab is just about done.
The real disaster would be to lose Francis Bouillon. Contract talks are moving slowly and Bouillon might test the free agent waters. Out of all the players mentioned Bouillon is the one that can’t get away. Bouillon is one of the more consistent defenseman with a heart much bigger than his size. If everyone put forth the same effort the Canadiens would be a hard team to beat.
Unless the Canadiens plan to bring in a big name Defenseman to play 25+ minutes they should not let Bouillon get away.