Kent Hughes turned two players he didn't have space for into four assets in a trade he wasn't a main party in.
Alex Newhook arrives in Montreal more as a victim of circumstance rather than a castaway.
It seemed like a long shot that Pezzetta would ever make the NHL, but perseverance and his willingness to buy into his role earned him yet another extension.
Could a five-year term suit both the team and player's immediate and future needs?
Ending the year with a win would have been nice for Montreal, but it also would have pushed them to sixth-last in the standings.
With little to nothing left to play for, Nick Suzuki still gave it his all.
Najman would be a project, but the Canadiens have the time to let him develop at his own pace.