Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Plans for Jesperi Kotkaniemi

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Shea Weber #6, Ben Chiarot #8, Carey Price #31 and Paul Byron #41 of the Montreal Canadiens keep their eyes on the puck along with Sean Couturier #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center on November 7, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Plans for Jesperi Kotkaniemi

On this week’s episode, the guys discuss the Jesperi Kotkaniemi situation. With the young Finn’s going on the mend, he should now return to action for the Habs. The question is, how will coach Claude Julien use him. Should he be sent to the minors? Should he be scratched for some games?

The guys also discuss the Canadiens defensive woes. These issues are nothing new as the Habs struggled defensively last year, perhaps its time for something to change. While the roster has changed somewhat, Connor thinks it’s time for Claude Julien to play a system that works best for the players on his team, rather than forcing them to play a system they are not comfortable playing.

Johannes has some strong feelings about the Habs play this week. Despite picking up five of six points, there were some troubling trends. Especially in the 3-2 win over the lowly Kings.

All this and winners and losers, Don Cherry musings, Rememberance and Veterans day and much much more. Tune in!

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.
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