Reaching the Eastern Conference final was nice, however the Montreal Canadiens general manager said the team has a long way to go to get there consistently.
That was the message Monday from GM Marc Bergevin as he met with reporters to review the season less than a week after the club was eliminated by the New York Rangers in six games.
"I feel we're not a mature team," he said. "We're a good team.
"We're moving forward, but there are teams I see around the league that are more mature. For them, you could almost say every year they're a guaranteed playoff team. But we're not there yet.
"Next year, we go back to the same starting line with everybody else. Our first goal will be to make the playoffs and, once you're in, anything's possible. Maybe one day down the road we'll be a mature team but we're not there yet."