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MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Erik Cole was the team's prized free agent signing and he bounced back from as slow start to lead the team with a career-high 35 goals. Jacques Martin was reluctant to use the 33-year-old Cole on the power play but Cole finished with 11 power-play goals to match his career best. Cole provided a role model for younger players by never taking a night off and he was part of the team's No. 1 line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty who were each playing their first full season in the NHL. MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: There were multiple candidates in this category. Scott Gomez, the highest-paid Canadien at $7.5 million, played only 38 games because of injuries but was on his way to another career-low season with two goals and nine assists. Rene Bourque had five goals and three assists 38 games with the Canadiens and was minus-17. Bourque was expected to provide the Canadiens with a more physical presence but came up short in that area. FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Cana...
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