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Rusnak: Bergevin building tougher team in Montreal

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Jessica Rusnak
9/7/2013 1:04:17 PM
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For years, the Montreal Canadiens have been criticized for being an undersized team with no physical presence. That mindset of relying solely on speed and skill is something that is changing under the regime of Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

During the off-season, Bergevin made some moves to make his team bigger with the acquisition of George Parros and through the draft. Among the players drafted this summer is Connor Crisp, a 6-foot-3, 226 pound forward out of the OHL with a mean streak.

Crisp was traded earlier this week from the Erie Otters to the Sudbury Wolves. Last season with Erie, he had 22 goals, 14 assists and 139 penalty minutes in 63 games. What Crisp can bring to the table is exactly what the Canadiens are looking for; a player who cannot only bring a physical presence but can also contribute offensively.

Crisp's uncle is former NHL player and head coach Terry Crisp, who was the coach of the Calgary Flames when they defeated the Canadiens in the 1989 Stanley Cup Final.

"It's nice to have someone who has been through everything and to answer any questions I might have," Crisp said about his uncle. Right now, his main focus is to have a good showing at his first Habs rookie camp and is hopeful to see some pre-season action.

George Parros (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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