I must say, I have to agree with my fellow blogger at <> eyes on the prize <>, when he thinks there are many reasons to believe the Canadiens will be better next year.
As you will have seen if you read his post, the analysis says the Habs will be improved. I agree. Bringing up young players, who will improve over their first few years is a good way to do this.
Though tempting, I will not equate improvement to playoffs. It would be possible to improve and still miss. It will take patience to improve in this way, but the results are likely to be lasting.
Eyes on the prize is a great blog. Read it if you like the Habs, you'll probably enjoy the analysis too.