The Montreal Canadiens and general manager Marc Bergevin didn't make many changes during the offseason.
While some fans and analysts wanted to see them go after some big names, Bergevin stuck to his plan of rebuilding and will give some of the younger players a chance to earn a roster spot during training camp.
One player who was quietly pushed out by the youth movement on the ice last year was longtime Canadiens' forward Tomas Plekanec.
Plekanec signed a one year deal with the Habs' but had trouble getting into the lineup and once he played his 1000th game he decided to retire.
While Plekanec went to play in the Czech Extraliga, he continues to be a fan of the Canadiens' and watches as many games as he can while overseas.
The 36 year old is excited about the team Bergevin has put together and believes they will make the playoffs this year.
"Of course I watch the NHL at home, but Montreal is the only team I follow. I watch how they're being built and what the guys are up to. I'm still in the picture somehow, just from the outside," Plekanec told the Canadiens website. "The team is going to be better again. It's going to keep going upwards and the guys are going to make the playoffs this year. As we all know, you never know what can happen in the playoffs. I'm looking forward to it, and we'll be watching closely for sure."