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Habs already on the mend

After leading the league with man-games lost to injury, the Canadiens have nowhere to go but up in 2001-02.

Updated: August 14, 2001, 4:26 PM ET
By Brian A. Shactman | ESPN.com

Of the four Original Six teams that didn't make the playoffs last season -- Chicago, Boston and the Rangers being the other three -- the Canadiens had the least wins (28) and points (70). Because Molson, Inc., entered the season trying to sell the arena and the team, very little money was spent to upgrade talent. The thin roster wasn't helped by continuing trouble with man-games lost to injury -- most notably team captain Saku Koivu (missed 28 games) and Martin Rucinsky (25 games).

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