About last night …

ColeChecked
The Bell Centre has been sold out for every game since Jan. 8, 2004.
That’s 325 consecutive times your Montreal Canadiens have played in front of 21,273 men, women and children who love their hometown hockey team with a passion that borders on – and sometimes spills over into – fanaticism.
Tuesday night, for the 22nd time this season, the most loyal and passionate fans in the National Hockey League went home disappointed, angry, disillusioned and generally bummed out.

It’s one thing to be outhit, outhustled, outskilled and outgoaltended en route to losing 3-0 on home ice to St. Louis. The Blues are a bona-fide Stanley Cup contender.

The Dallas Stars aren’t going to be hoisting any silverware in June. Sending your fans home unhappy after being shut out by Dallas is … What?

Embarrassing?

Humiliating?

Subject to criminal prosecution?

Sadly, the most appropriate adjective is “typical”.

The Canadiens have crapped the bed repeatedly on home ice this season. If they sweep the remaining eight Bell Centre dates on their schedule (yeah, like that’s gonna happen), the Canadiens will finish with a home record of 19-14-8.

Bottom line, dispensing with OT and shootout points: They will end this miserable season with more home-ice losses than wins.

It’s not unprecedented. The Canadiens were 20-16-5 at the Bell Centre in 2009-’10. But then that miracle playoff run helped everyone forget 21 Ls during the regular season.

We’ll enjoy no such escapism this spring.

I know, I know … the Canadiens are still alive for a playoff spot. But c’mon, let’s be serious for a minute here.

The team is in 14th place in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of Carolina. And the Hurricanes hold a game in hand.

I don’t see much point to dissecting the latest loss and analyzing shots on goal, time on ice, power-play effectiveness, etc.

With the exception of the heroic Erik Cole, playing his heart out on one healthy leg, the Canadiens looked like a 14th-place team.

As has been the case all too frequently this season, the home side was at its worst in the first period – sloth and ineptitude that drains the Bell Centre of energy, nullifies any possible intimidation factor the building may inflict, gift-wraps momentum and hands it to guys in white jerseys.

It will be different next season. It has to be if Geoff Molson and his investors factored a never-ending streak of sellouts – and annual playoff revenue – into the inflated price they paid George Gillett for this hockey team.

The Tuesday game was a promotion for the Reno-Depot home renovation supply chain. Fans were given red hard-hats – which made me grateful no Canadien scored three goals.

But the plastic souvenir symbolized the rebuilding of this hockey franchise – a renovation project with no completion date in sight.

The Canadiens will have a new general manager at the draft table when they exercise a lottery pick in June.

They will have a new coach when training camp opens.

We can only hope there will be new faces lined up at the blueline for the gala home opener in October.

The mandate for the new GM, skipper and skaters will be straightforward: Win … especially at home.

As any Montrealer or frequent visitor can tell you, this is a party town.

We get massive, six-figure crowds dancing in the downtown streets at a jazz festival many consider the best in the world.

Our world-class symphony orchestra plays in a new, state-of-the-art concert hall.

Our clubs rock until 3 a.m. … and beyond.

Montrealers like a good time, at the end of which we head home tired, all partied-out and very happy.

there used to be nights like that at the Forum and the Bell Centre.

This season, though, not many.

The Canadiens have been shut out five times on home ice. On four occasions, the score has been 3-0 – including two at the hands of the stumbling, bumbling Washington Capitals, whom the Canadiens visit on Friday.

This just isn’t acceptable. Not in Montreal.

Fans here expect better.

They demand better.

And they deserve better.

121 Comments

  1. habsfan1990 says:

    btw….if habs do finish on bottom five. ANd depnding on who is available when they pick. THey should pick mat dumba. Him and emelin would destroy ppl and would make an excellent pairing….agreed?

  2. habsfan1990 says:

    if anyone disagrees with what i said i would be shocked. Cuz it’s the truth, but i’m all ears.

  3. habsfan1990 says:

    Price has been pretty good in between the pipes. Considering the product he was in front of him. If you can’t score you can’t win. If your whole team revolves around one line…you won’t win. And for gomer, it’s honestly time to get rid of him…players on a team don’t like it when someone who has scored 2 goals in over a yr, is getting more ice time than them. Especially when he doesn’t deserve it. Time to give it up, buy him out, or send him down to the bulldogs it’s that simple. It’s only hurting lars eller player development by leaving gomez on the pp and not him. Eller has shown flashes of brilliance, no to mention in one game he scored more goals than gomez has in ONE YEAR. Time to get rid of this cancer. I know everyone loves gomez in the room, but enough is enough. We have given him ample time to show up on the score sheet and enough ice time. He still isn’t producing. Time to get rid of him.

  4. habsfan1990 says:

    Sounds like another John ferguson idiot. # vanejorg. Sure, let’s trade tuaka rask to boston for andrew raycroft. Look how that turned out…..Now you wanna trade Price cuz he hasent won a cup yet..lol. YOur are such a retard. THe team that price has in front of him, no goalie on this planet would be able to win with this. Especially since they can barely score one goal on home is….and they can’t win in the shotout. So where does the scoring come from…if the dd patches and cole line isn’t working, the habs won’t score plain and simple. A posing coaches say ” shut down the dd, patches and cole line. And we will win” That’s sad to hear, but it’s true. Plus the fact that markov hasen’t played one game this year, maby won’t play again doesn’t help at all….Either way, im glad your not the gm of this time…maby toronto for columbus might hire you? LOL

    • Badwich says:

      Missed THE game last night. Happened to be in TO so picked up a ticket for the ugh, Toronto game and paid close attention to number 30.

      Some differences between he and Price? He’s in the twilight of his career it seems while Price…

      Number three zero is on his feet 90% of the time and Price is on his knees 90% of the time or so it seems.

      Number thirty never dishes the puck unless the coast is totally clear and flops on the loosies head first toute suite.

      Price dishes in dangerous times and flops like a dying catfish on loosies, at least on my flat screen he does.

      30 never appears to be snoozing no matter where the puck is and Price? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, OOPS!

      Brodie might be getting old but he plays a lot smater than some others. He’s focused.

      Price isn’t going to change. It’s his personality that causes him to be caught off guard on a too regular basis. I always hated playing in front of that kind of goalie. You could never really count on them at anytime in the game. Trade him!

      Taberwitt

  5. vanejorg says:

    To those Canadiens fans who think Price is going to be the greatest goaltender, think about this. At his age(25), I believe Ken Dryden had already won the Stanley Cup three times. It’s NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!! Trade….trade…trade…hurry before the other GM’s wake up….and do the same with that lame-ass Subban.(They can get a pair of blockbuster trades done with those two as bait for each)

  6. 44har48 says:

    Thank you Mr. Boone. This is like therapy. I had planned to come out here today and post a bunch of drivel, ranting and raving about the same things we have all been ranting about for months. After reading this, I feel great and could never have said it better.

    I do want to take this time then to just say, Thanks Erik Cole!!! It has been a treat to watch you play this game night in and night out. Thank you for the heart, professionalism, and raw skill you have demonstrated while this laughing stock of a franchise changes leadership and gets back on track.

    Finally, I too am very dissappointed in Carey Price this year. Too ordinary on way too many nights, with brilliance sprinkled in throughout. The best goaltenders do need time to develop at the pro level – much bigger and better bodies in front of the net, not to mention speed and skill. This guy has won Goaltender of the Year awards and championships at most levels he has played except the pros. A quick check on google, he is only 24 :)

    I’ll take Eller and Price anyday over whatever we think we might have gotten for Price when he had little value and Halak, who is a dam good goaltender, but not the answer, or he would have carried us the extra distance and not been embarrased by a bigger team in front of his net in the ECF a few years back.

  7. HabsFansince49 says:

    Excellent article, Mike. Right on the nose!
    BTW – is it possible to “criminally prosecute Geoff Molson?” Talk about dereliction of duty.

  8. Bash says:

    So much drivel to read and yet with this tour all but done so much time!

    Simply skipping all things HH or RM helps a lot.

    Most of us know that this team needs a healthy roster and great goaltending to win. We have not had that for one game this season. With that said we still need another D man and a center, but then again who doesn’t?

    Great prospects in the system.
    A young D man, a young goalie and a young power forward to build on, all with huge potential.
    Several tradeable pieces if the deal is right but no panic to flush Travis or Andrei.

    And yes a few players who should not be anywhere near our team this fall. (Like almost every other team in a shallow talent pool league.)

    The torch has not gone out!

    So all you backstabbing ,fair weather, shit disturbing, doodle brained, twits should simply FO!

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

    • fastfreddy says:

      Hey Bash, the torch has not gone out,but it’s flickering mighty low at the moment. What you said is all good, we do need a few new parts, people have been saying that all year.

      • RetroMikey says:

        We’ve been saying that for years we need a big skilled CMan and a bruising DMan with no luck.
        I say tank! Start from the getgo, young draft picks and prospects will play entertaining hockey for years and bring a winner back to Montreal sooner than if we keep micro retooloing this club.
        I will be disappointed if we still have Weber, Pleks, Gionta, or even star players like Subban and Price still around. There are many good goalies out there who can fill the job admirably for our club.

        “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  9. New says:

    324 consecutive sellouts is a lot. What is even more amazing are the number of empty seats. Not southern US promos not taken up but actual “My company or I paid 600 for these seats but we decided to go to a movie instead” seats. Look for some big off season moves that will generate the hype to keep wallets open.

  10. VTHockey11 says:

    Can someone tell me why PG wasn’t fired weeks ago? Now we’re stuck with him through the trade deadline where he will, effectively, do nothing.

    It’s pathetic. We’re obviously sellers at this point but I still see Moen, Kostitsyn, Campoli, and Kaberle hanging around our camp. Get them out of town!

    This team needs to invest in young forwards who not only can score but who are also not afraid to shoot. The old adage, “100% of the shots you don’t take won’t go in” applies to this team. They never shoot. Shoot, shoot, shoot. Drive to the net! Why do we have a bunch of players who do the exact opposite? Watching power plays is embarrassing. We just pass the puck around the edge of the net and never take a rip.

    Yikes.

    • fastfreddy says:

      @VTHOCKEY11 absolutely correct.

    • shootdapuck says:

      In a word: MONEY!

      The beancounters have decided that bringing in a replacement before the end of the season is not cost effective vs. waiting until a new year(pay cycle) starts.

      =================================================
      The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

      “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
      “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

      • VTHockey11 says:

        The funny thing is that, in the long run, you save money by having a good team, and the key to a good team is getting rid of the current GM who doesn’t have the guts to make moves that benefit the team.

        I totally get the hesitation but it leaves fans with the feeling that Molson doesn’t care about getting a good team out there. It’s like the management is delusional and believes we have a Cup-capable team on our hands. Believe me, we don’t and we haven’t since 1993.

        I don’t know what the answer is in terms of who we should get – all I know is it’s obvious we have a team that doesn’t fight, doesn’t shoot anywhere near frequently enough, doesn’t forecheck enough, and isn’t big enough. And we need a serious rebuilding around our solid youth.

  11. Old Bald Bird says:

    To the poll question, I might answer, Sometimes. However, I fear that like JM he isn’t too smart at who plays where and for how much TOI.

  12. shootdapuck says:

    It is really quite pitiful to watch any opposition winger bearing down on either Diaz or Webber and the lengths they go to to simply get out of the way without getting hit!

    The deer in the headlights look of these two brings back memories of MAB just without the big shot! (difference being MAB could hit the net)

    =================================================
    The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

    “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
    “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

  13. immortalhab says:

    what I wish would happen:
    Pierre or Bob: I feel that out of respect for the team and it’s history, I need to put my own desires aside and step down.

    What I think will happen:
    Pierre: Bob, I just traded Price, Subban and Cole for the Stars mascot. That’ll help Youpi get the job done.

    Bob: Got time for one more slow dance, Pierre?

    Pierre: let’s celebrate!

  14. BLACK ICE says:

    SO, many think Price is not a good goalie.

    Name a GREAT NHL Goaltender this season that would have won the game last night or the other 5 games where the Habs did not score a goal.

    • RetroMikey says:

      Thomas and Rinne in a heartbeat.
      Many of you still think that Price is our personal savoiur to win the Cup. It could happen but the way I see it, Price is questionable to me whether he can win the big game or play under presssure the big game.
      Only time will tell.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

      • habsguy says:

        neither of them would have won , it’s really hard to win when your team doesnt score, although I agree Price has played better!

      • bel33 says:

        Mr. Floppy doesn’t win or steal games for the Bruins… he just keeps them in them.

      • Natrous says:

        You do realize that it would be impossible for any goaltender to win a game in which their team doesn’t score a goal, right?

      • cunningdave says:

        Young man, I can remember the days way back when… 4 years ago, when the Habs were sweeping the Bruins in the regular season series and booting them in the first round. Tim Thomas was their goalie back then and he played like ass. Timmmeeeyyy.

        Price is a sound goalie, and a very good one. He has the potential to be great. If you put him in Detroit, what do you think would happen? There’s no point in crapping on the one player that pretty much everyone agrees is a good player in a mediocre circumstance. I also remember the days when people used to say Roy was overrated. If it can happen to him…

    • Badwich says:

      Missed THE game last night. Happened to be in TO so picked up a ticket for the ugh, Toronto game and paid close attention to number 30.

      Some differences between he and Price? He’s in the twilight of his career it seems while Price…

      Number three zero is on his feet 90% of the time and Price is on his knees 90% of the time it seems.

      Number thirty never dishes the puck unless the coast is totally clear and flops on the loosies head first toute suite.

      Price dishes in dangerous times and flops like a dying catfish on loosies, at least through these eyes he does.

      30 never appears to be snoozing no matter where the puck is and Price ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, OOPS!

      Brodie might be getting old but he plays a lot smater than some others. He’s focused.

      Taberwitt

      • bakedpotatoes says:

        Just pointing this out, Brodeur has a .904 save percentage. I think Price’s is .916. That just goes to show that while Brodeur doesn’t need to make as many saves, his team can win games for him. For the habs, Price has to be the best player on the team game in and game out. How is he supposed to keep that up(not mentionning the fact that he has played more games than most goalies.)

        • Badwich says:

          And I was just pointing out that Price doesn’t play smart and that he snoozes and “loozes”. He’s not consistent. He’s demoralizing to the team and we need to trade.

          Taberwitt

    • vanejorg says:

      Use Price and Subban for trade bait. They are NOT NHL caliber players. Time to….FLEECE….FLEECE….FLEECE!! a few teams, while their GM’s still believe that these two are. Just like what Sam Pollock used to do.

  15. BLACK ICE says:

    BG ruined The Montreal Canadiens for years. Was he getting his info from Mike Mildorky? BG & PG need to be fired by noon today. The season is over, the Fans know, the Players know it! Give the great players like Cole, Price, Georges etc a rest & let the kids play more…

    • steve17 says:

      Sounds like a plan to me!

      Habfan17

    • steve17 says:

      Unfortunately, If they did fire BG and PG, the new GM would have next to no time to put deals together at the deadline, unless they promote from within, which would probably mean Jacques Martin, and I don’t think he would be the right guy!!

      Habfan17

      • bel33 says:

        Couldn’t JM just be made the “interim” GM like RC is the “interim” coach. Wait…. what the h*ll am I saying? GEEZ-US what has this horrible year done to my brain?
        “Quick sign Mike Milbury as GM!”
        “PJ Stock for coach!! He’s bilingual!”
        “No doctor… I don’t want to wear that white jacket with no arms.”
        “If you say these pills will help…”

  16. G-Man says:

    Most Habs last night looked like they were preoccupied with being traded. While the players’ effort was awful, the coaching was worse. When the bleep will RC stop with the piece-meal lines?
    At this point, RC seems bent on 15th place in the conference and we were worried whether or not he can speak french?
    As the newspaper vendor used to cry every day while not looking at the headlines, “Terrible, horrible!”

  17. zoobydooby says:

    H.a.b.s = having a bad shift. All day everyday!.

  18. rated_R says:

    Do people realize that trading Price is like taking 10000 steps back? Relax people! But its funny to read some of these comments, they all think the Habs can magically turn it around next year with all these draft picks we’ll get this year. Your expectations are way too high.

    • vanejorg says:

      It depends who they get for him. Let’s say Rick Nash and Steve Mason from Columbus. Only stepping forwards here. Fleece time, kids, before Howson realizes that Price does not belong in the NHL. Get it done, you stupid, soon to be fired, Canadiens GM.

      To those Canadiens fans who think Price is going to be the greatest goaltender, think about this. At his age(25), I believe Ken Dryden had already won the Stanley Cup three times. It’s NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!! Trade….trade…trade…hurry before the other GM’s wake up….and do the same with that lame-ass Subban.

  19. RGM says:

    I fell asleep during the second period and woke up to see it was 3-0. Decided might as well go back to sleep.

    It’s disheartening to see this team come out so flat against an opponent, any opponent, at this time of year where so much is still at stake. Horribly outplayed in the first period in all aspects of the game, where half of the whopping 4 shots came from beyond the blue line. It just leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, almost as bitter as my awful 0-for-4 slump at Roll Up The Rim this year.

    I still want to believe, but it’s going to take some kind of ridiculous hot streak to leapfrog 5 other teams.

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  20. PrimeTime says:

    Boone “Montreal fans deserves better”. Why? For booing US anthems? For rioting after wins and and losses? For the constant media coverage…your own 24/7? For political issues that font don’t belong in sports? For knocking anything nit “Montreal”? For whining about the Refs after each game? I could go on as this site promotes them all……Montreal fans deserve better…LOL. Maybe they got what they deserved. Entitlement is DEAD. Wake up!!!

    • HardHabits says:

      Entitlement is DEAD!. Long live ENTITLEMENT!!!

    • Mondou6 says:

      I think he means from the business standpoint. Most NHL teams can’t draw for crap, even when they are good. We have 21,000+ sellouts to watch a 14th place team.

      And those aren’t $10-20 seats, like a lot of teams sell, more like $150-$300.

      The sheer amount of money is staggering.

      The fans in Montreal are fine, and more civil than at most US sports events.

    • VTHockey11 says:

      Is that a Bruins fan under there?

      Seriously though. I am occasionally embarrassed by incidents like booing the U.S. anthem – which has happened, what, one time? You make it sound like it’s constant but it’s asinine to assume that Habs fans are anything less than extraordinary. Going to a game at the Centre Bell is unlike anything else in the game. Loud even when we suck, passionate.

      I’m going to see the Habs here in DC on Friday and I know half the rink will be filled with Habs fans. It was last year. It’s impressive to see our fan base in action.

      So to act like we don’t deserve better discredits the 99% of Habs fans who are amazing.

  21. steve17 says:

    It is time to hold everyone accountable for the mess that is the Habs. I have been calling for Gauthier and Gainey to be shown the door for a long time now, but the finger needs to point at THE guy who is ultimately responsible, Geoff Molson!

    He says he is a hands off owner and wants to let the hockey people run the operations. Molson has also said that it his responsibility is to steward the club that belongs to the fans and bring them back to the diamond they once were. Well, Mr. Molson, as Gauthier would say, you can’t have it both ways. YOU need to make the tough decisions and you are already was behind!Absentee owners usually mean the building becomes a slum!

    The time to have Gainey and Gauthier leave was 3 weeks ago when a new GM would have had the time required to prepare for the trade deadline and evaluate the players in the sysytem. They both need to leave and not be reassigned so the new GM is not looking over his shoulder.

    There are some solid prospects in the system, and I am not concerned with the defence. Everyone hears about Beaulieu and Tinordi, but Ellis is also a very solid prospect. Dietz is also proving he could be a diamond in the rough late round pick. Nash would have been in Montreal if not for the injury, and Greg Pateryn has been very good. He brings size, 6’3″ 222 lbs, some offence, 15 points in 33 games, +8 and 61pims. He plays with an edge. Maybe a Craig Ludwig type. Up front Kristo has had a good season, 33 points in 31 games, +11, and Steve Quailer, who is 6’4″ and 200lbs has 22 points in 22 games, is +11 with 34 pims. Quailer is 22 and Pateryn is 21 so they are further along the maturation process.

    All in all, the Habs have some players that will help out soon, but they need the right coach and the right atmosphere to be successful. I have not even mentioned Gallagher, he could be like Theo Fleury!

    The Habs need to move the UFA’s and a few other players. I would say move Campoli, Kaberle, Nokelainen, Gionta, Kostitsyn and dump Gomez in Hamilton if they have to. I would also look at trading Pekanec since there are teams, like Chicago, who are looking for help at 2nd line centre and there is a lack of available players.

    I don’t know that a big centre is what the Habs really need. Detroit does well without one, they have the size on the wings.

    Time to send a message to the young core that it is there time and fill the roster out with the right pieces to make them successful within a couple of seasons and for a long time to come!

    Habfan17

  22. boonie says:

    Hard to call this rebuilding, Boone. At best re-tooling.

    Tampa is rebuilding. You know, stocking up on picks to add lots of bodies; because, at the end of the day, the draft is a crapshoot and getting more tickets will lead to more/better assets in the long run.

    We’re tweaking around the edges. Adding 5th D-man, PP specialists and 3rd/4th line wingers at the expense of more 1st and 2nd round picks and better quality prospects.

    Tune in to our next post that will have a Dickens’ theme.

    • RetroMikey says:

      Re-tooling??? We’ve been doing this for years with no success. Rebuilding is the only way to go now.
      I praise what Stevie Y is doing in Tampa which will be a better solid team for years to come in the long run.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  23. RetroMikey says:

    Boone,
    The string of sold out games will end soon and our Montreal Canadiens team will be an organization that will panic for fans to come back, but many here cannot accept we are a crappy team, in fact, this by far is the worst team assembled since the teams of the late 90′s.
    PG better get off his culo and start getting on his smartphone and trade whoever whether that be a Cole, Subban, Weber, Price (yes even Carey) to rebuild this team with prospects and early 1st round draft picks this June for a very good NHL draft!
    We cannot be conservative as Bobby was in the past, the time is now!
    IMO, if we do not get a top 4 pick in this year’s draft to go along with other draft picks in the first and second round, this team will always be a bottom feeder team only interested in selling out games and a being sub par team.

    Tank I say! Tank! Bigger is better!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • shootdapuck says:

      Why this draft is said to be exceptionally weak!

      =================================================
      The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

      “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
      “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

  24. MacHabFan says:

    Too much young talent being denied the opportunity to play 5-on-5 and on the PP.

    One can only conclude that RC & PG are playing for a ticket in the draft ‘lottery’. It is the only logical conclusion.

    Last night was a repeat of too many others this year.

    p.s. My hat is off to those players who continue to play and compete – we know who they are.

  25. HabinBurlington says:

    So after watching the lowlights of the game on TSN this morning I saw the clips from the Toronto game. Which got me to thinking, imagine going through this current season with these results knowing you didn’t have your first round draft pick this year, the year after and a 2nd round pick in this year. Yikes that would be beyond ugly.

    For the people who think Burke would be a better GM for this team, just look back at that awful trade he made. Yes Kessel can score goals, but he offers nothing else. Tyler Seguin will and already is a better player, then add Dougie Hamilton to the Defence. That was a foolish and selfish move made by Burke, a trade for the present when the team was just starting its most recent rebuild. His trades since have been better, but the damage was done.

    We have a decent core, we have alot of good prospects and we have a good draft pick coming to us. Heck we may have a few more draft picks coming in the next week. We have a tough year to get through, but the future should/will be better.

    Now about finding that coach who speaks two languages….

    • Psycho29 says:

      And the Leafs had over $7 million in healthy scratches last night (Komisarek and Armstrong)…..

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Gerald, your the voice of reason again. I had such high expectation s for the team coming into the season I had to suffer some emotional pain to get to the point I am today. I have NO emotional tie to this team any longer. The roster is massively flawed and not capable of playing good hockey on a consistent basis. As you point out we have some good young players in which to move forward and hopefully we’ll draft well. Our team will be stronger in the future for having gone thru this.
      Got to add though I think PG is a large part of the morale/disfunction here and needs to go now. I’d put Bob Gainey in charge on an interm basis until a replacement can be found after the season.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Gerald – Burke will lament the Kessel deal for as long as he stays here in Toronto. There also was a 2nd rounder involved (Jared Knight) who may turn out to be a solid 3rd liner.

      There’s also the issue of using high end picks to select Schenn and Kadri. Either these guys have been rushed too early, or their talent level has been grossly overrated.

      Counter that with three great deals where Burke clearly fleeced his fellow GMs (Anaheim, Calagary, Boston).

      I think Burke’s biggest problem is that he wanted to make a big splash in Toronto and may have let his ego get in the way. The team is better but he may have missed the window of opportunity to truly turn it around.

      As for Montreal, it’s time to cull a few top picks during the next few years and then gear up for a comeback. What else is there to realistically do?

    • HardHabits says:

      Tyler Seguin.

    • boonie says:

      Yep, the morale of the story either you rebuild or new tool. Being in between is a mistake. Like adding Bourque and Kaberle instead of long term value…

  26. shootdapuck says:

    Do the Canadiens continually run into a “hot goalie” or is it just that for the most part there is just a total lack of finish with the forwards on the team?

    Shut out 4 times at home is disgraceful but many aspects of this team are disgraceful particularly its management.

    Time to drop the rose coloured glasses and come to grips with probably the worst Montreal team in a generation including the 2000-2001 mopes.

    Spring cleaning starts April 7 at midnight on the 7th floor of the Bell Centre.

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    “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
    “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

    • RGM says:

      The latter. It happens far too often that this team makes a journeyman look like a world-beater for it to be coincidental. Just look at the common denominator in all of these losses.

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      GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
      “Scott Gomez, a potential Hall of Fame player, has two Stanley Cup rings and a Calder Trophy that says ‘I’m a player whom any authentic NHL coach will rely on to fix a game problem.’” – VancouverHab

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  27. HabinBurlington says:

    That was ugly and stinky last night, if that is what tanking looks and smells like I know why I wasn’t fond of the idea.

    This team is what the record shows it to be, not good. I hope hockey karma turns around next year and injuries are less critical. I am hopeful PG is wise during this next important week, and I am hopeful Geoff Molson is able to help negotiate Into the CBA that 1 time buyout clause we have been hoping for.
    Edit, I don’t miss that douche bag Ribeiro classless as ever.
    I am thinking the draft may be the next exciting night on RDS.

  28. Sap Anderson says:

    IMO Cunneyworth’s biggest mistake this year was when he answered a question about Scott Gomez with the response “I would like to be known as the coach that got Scott Gomez going again” and then you see him being put on the power play, given tons of ice time, etc… A more appropriate response would have been “my only goal here is to win, and if Scott can prove that he is deserving of a roster spot on a winning team we will welcome him with open arms. But he has to earn it”

    I know that some of that ice time has been reduced recently, but now it’s gone back up again. What is incomprehensible to me is the power play time being taken away from young players like Eller.

    The Habs need to run this team like a meritocracy. Instead, it’s Gauthier and Gainey’s egos dictating that they must play guys like Gomez to “prove their worth”

    It’s just piss-poor managament

    • steve17 says:

      I agree whole heartedly. Even though the Habs have been more entertaining under RC, this line juggling and having Gomez play so much is ridiculous. How are the players who were playing so well get excited when they know under achievers like Gomez keep getting ice time and theirs is cut. Time to get rid of Gauthier and Gainey, and then see if that changes the way RC coaches. At this oint though, the damage may already be done and a new coach needed!

      Habfan17

  29. remi_10069 says:

    Game sucked last night but we did run into a hot goalie. We had plenty of chances that with a little more “luck” we score on. RB had 2 goal scorer ops and missed both. He’s been sitting too close to Plek on the bench. Our D is still the problem, soft in our end means no “support” for the fwds. If Weber is playing, we are losing and that’s the end of it. Despite the fact that he was even for the night he stinks!!! Absolutely need to toughen up, imagine the difference if we had someone like (hate to say it) Thornton on the bench instead of MD?

    pipes

  30. francbiss says:

    Am I the only one who notice how badly Eller has been playing since Gomez came back? That’s what happens when you replace an hockey player by a figure skater. The hockey player gets frustrated. Not only Gomez makes is own line bad, he makes the entire team worst by taking ice from more deserving players.

    • The Cat says:

      After the trade deadline, if Gomez is still getting more icetime than Eller and the same PP time as now, then youll have confirmation that Gomez has incriminating pictures of important people.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • Sap Anderson says:

      Agree 100%

      Yes, I know these guys are paid to play their best every night, but psychology is a big part of sports. It’s pretty easy to see the frustration in Eller’s game this year.

      And let’s face it… if you were a promising young talent putting up points, would you take seeing Scott Gomez get your power play time well? Didn’t think so…

    • steve17 says:

      I noticed, he doesn’t see to have the same excitment in his game since taking a back seat to Gomez. It would be nice if Gauthier and Gainey had the melons to just stick Gomez in Hamilton. It is better to admit a mistake than keep adding to it. Gomez was a BIG mistake!!

      Habfan17

  31. Marc10 says:

    Wow. Mr Ribeiro’s little parade at the end… What a guy! All class that Mike.

    He probably paid his family to vote him in via sms…

    Well played sir.

  32. Captain aHab says:

    Where’s mathman to explain to us that the Habs are just unlucky? He was funny.

    They’re not unlucky, they’re ungood.

    —————-
    McGuire for GM!
    Roy for Coach!
    Sh*t for Brains!

  33. G-Man says:

    RC stinks. His strategy seems to be to lose as much as possible and he’s being successful at it. I hope his ass is canned along with Screaming Randy the day after this miserable season ends.

    For those of you who hate trapping hockey, the Stars played it to perfection last night, only allowing 2 or 3 bonafide scoring chances the whole night.
    It’s getting to the point where a peewee coach could probably do better, french speaking or not.

  34. doug19 says:

    At least Carolina didn’t win.

    YET!

  35. Hoegarden says:

    If the fans deserve better and nothing good comes their way, then staying home is simple recipe guaranteed to work. This is not Columbus or Nashville. I know it will not happen and what is really worrying is that Montreal’s fan base is slowly being brainwashed into the Laffs “Wait’till next year” mindset.
    Because of this blind love for the CH, management and coaches have to continue playing their high priced stars (lol) when they should just accept reality and play those who truly care. Bring up little boomer, St-Denis, Dumont and whoever else is sweating for the team in Steeltown and let them at least learn. Cunny knows most of them well enough and I am certain that the kids will follow his game plan, even if the team keeps losing the rest of the season.

    How many fans would actually say they pay big bucks to watch Gomez, Kaberle, Campoli etc ?

  36. Bad Digestion says:

    Playing in MTL is only a source of inspiration to other teams, this is where rookies come to score their first goal, goalies come to get that shutout and teams come to break that loosing streak. Our team gets 0 inspiration from playing in front of sellout crowds, the management and owner just see the big $$$ rolling in game after game, so why bother really? This club is just like MCDonalds, serving crap to people who keep coming back for more. Change will only come around when the money stops flowing in, until then the whole organization is just gonna ride that big fat gravy train. Gone is the passion I’m afraid… 3-0 down and guys are just joking around on the bench, smiling and making jokes. No fire in their eyes that’s for sure. SAD.

  37. BJ says:

    I think I figured out the 5 year plan. A GM comes in at a high salary plays like a 4th liner and is replaced. He can then retire and live happily ever after on his earnings gained over 5 years. Hence the five year plan.

  38. The Jackal says:

    At least the Laffs won’t make the playoffs.

  39. Aaron13 says:

    The only smart move PG made was getting Cole and possibly Bourqe. The way he got rid of Cammy showed no class. Acquiring Kaberle was a joke.

    This GM is not smart and not respected. His arrogant, cloistered attitude makes me sick. Keeping players around like Weber, Campoli and Diaz is pathetic. We have 3 good defencemen. Period.

    I feel sorry for Cunneyworth. He’s in an impossible situation. He doesn’t speak french and doesn’t have very many good cards to play with. No wonder we keep folding.

    I guess next year, we’ll once again have to try to repair this listing ship.

  40. The Dude says:

    I want to thank Mike Riberio for putting us out of our misery and helping his former team have no choice but to fire all the Idiots and start anew…I don’t think he even had to break a sweat too do it!Thank God we have Gomez “the 8 million dollar man” instead,lolol

  41. habs001 says:

    More humiliating games to come…hopefully we beat the leafs twice…prediction we will have our worst lose in edmonton..

  42. The Cat says:

    I think the problem with the habs is that theyre too concerned with the luster of the CH brand. I get the feeling theyre drafting or acquiring players based on whether or not that player might embarass them off the ice. You have PG’s orders to not speak also, preventing off ice scandals seems the top priority…The habs seem scared to have players like Corson was, like Richer was, Ribeiro etc. A team needs a mix of personalities, these guys on the habs now all seem to share the same personality. The habs cant be scared to have some players that booze it up a bit like Corson, sleep around a bit like Richer and one or two arrogant douchebags like Ribeiro…Maybe its my perception, but theres a serious lack of colour to this team.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • The Dude says:

      It should be called Beliveauitis.And I agree,it’s just a lil too much to ask”Perfect Gentleman hockey players for the last place Habs whom hopefully are the Stars of the future “. I’ll take winning the Cup instead and work on the other later!

  43. DorvalTony says:

    Molson’s in love with Gainey and Gauthier, who says he’ll sober up? He should have cleaned house but the way he eased into ownership in a loooong gradual ultra conservative handoff (bordering on shared ownership) from Gillette showed he’s not one to be bold or seize the day. Sad, really sad. This is torture.

    • Sap Anderson says:

      Believe me, he’s not happy. At all.

      Changes are coming.

    • steve17 says:

      Molson should have sent Gauthier and Gainey packing 2 weeks ago and given the new GM time to prepare for the deadline. Maybe it is the fact that he doesn’t hold all the ower in the ownership group and they can’t agree on what to do. We don’t want a panick move like Corey made, but they need to make the changes…NOW!

      Habfan17

  44. Marc10 says:

    That was so weak. I can’t wait for this miserable season to end. Mikey Ribs acting like a complete classless douche only adds insult to injury.

    We’re definitely going to get a high draft pick and we need it bad. I hope we get an absolute superstar that shines bright for years to come and brings us that long awaited cup. That’s what we deserve for having to watch this crap all year.

    Hats off to Eric Cole. He’s hurt and he’s still the best player we have on the ice.

  45. Rainrocket16 says:

    “For the second pick in the 2012 NHL draft, The Montreal Canadiens choose…….”

    Sorry Columbus is gonna get the Nail, sorry!

  46. RedLight says:

    “A renovation project with no completion date in sight.”

    Well put, Mike, and this ALN may be the best thing about the Habs this evening. We have neither the horses nor the hunger, and a turnaround will take both several years and brighter minds than those currently cracking the whip.

  47. j2w4habs25 says:

    Montreal Canadiens are excited and more than happy to select from the OHL – Nail Yakupov – how does that sound? lol

    Carey Price #31

  48. gK_HabsFan says:

    What pisses me off is that the Vets are not held accountable for these “no-shows”. Where is Gomez during the post game scrums?

    Has he done a post game interview this season? Why is Eller always responsible to analyzing what’s wrong with the team? How does Gomez, a guy with only 9 points this season, get more ice time than Eller?

    By the way… Does anyone know who decides which players talk to the media after the game?

  49. shrack says:

    Okay, I’m throwing in the towel. It’s over. Vive la Canadienne!

  50. The_Franchise31 says:

    How much longer till all these blue line prospects are ready?

  51. Un Canadien errant says:

    Why is it that Adam Pardy, a 6’4″ 220 lbs ‘player’ who has four goals in 172 NHL games is allowed to grab Aaron Palushaj by the head, with both hands, after the whistle, in full view of both officials, and wrench and twist him down to the ice, for the offence of being near the Stars goaltender, without a penalty? He barely got a reproving look from a referee, who gave him an equivocal shrug. What was he trying to communicate? “I already gave you a penalty for crosschecking Max Pacioretty from behind into the boards, and the Canadiens haven’t had a penalty yet to your team’s three, and there was a delayed penalty already called so I don’t want to put you guys on a 5 on 3, but if you make it too obvious I may have to actually call it when you assault somebody.”? Or was it: “Dude, on a takedown like that you run the risk of these fans calling 911 to report a crime”? Indeed, the only thing more WWE-worthy (I was reminded of the Iron Sheik or Abdullah the Butcher, or maybe Michel ‘Justice’ Dubois) than the grappling move was ineptitude of the referees. I was outraged; I almost defenestrated my plasma screen.

    The good thing about my outrage over the officiating is that it kept me from focusing too much on the boys in bleu blanc et rouge, I might have been too harsh on them. They are, as we discussed after the last game, overmatched against most NHL clubs, and especially so tonight, with Tomas Plekanec unable to play with the flu. Added to the absence of Brian Gionta and Travis Moen, and with Mathieu Darche ailing, the Canadiens have two NHL-worthy lines and then a mishmash of AHL’ers rounding out the roster. For them to win, Carey has to be miraculous, which he certainly wasn’t tonight. They have to play inspired, fervent hockey, which they must be finding hard to do as they realize that they must now play out the string.

    The players seemed resigned to their fate on the bench. Erik Cole, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban, and maybe a couple more, fought to the end, and displayed obvious effort. René Bourque also was dangerous; maybe he realizes that unless he pots a few he will be sentenced to defensive duty with Scott Gomez for the rest of the season.

    The upshot of today’s loss is that, in light of the return the Tampa Bay Lightning received for Steve Downie, the Canadiens are having a giant clearance sale. All the usual suspects that have been blogged about in the last few months (Travis Moen, Andrei Kostitsyn, Chris Campoli, Tomas Kaberle, and maybe others if the price is right) will be following Hal Gill out of town. It’s up to Pierre Gauthier to skilfully manoeuvre the bidding process to set the Canadiens up for years to come, if he wishes to remain in his post.

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    • ProHabs says:

      It is very very simple. Pardy can do that (along with almost any other NHLer) because the Habs have absolutely no response to it. Aside from maybe WHite, who is going to do anything about it. Its embaressing. THe team has had no response ever since Souray left. Larocque was suppose to but, like the Goat, he decided to go veggie and became soft.
      I really think it bugs the players. Last year, many of them asked the GOat to do something about the team being pushed around and of course he did nothing about it. Instead he picked up Diaz, Kaberle to soften things up some more. This season, the players are telling the Goat to go f yourself with your soft roster. Go get us some players that will answer the bell when needed.
      As Chris Nilan said, a guy like PK Subban should just be able to play hockey and not have to worry about being attacked by other players in the league.
      So in a nutshell Un, that is why Palushaj is getting the neck twist a la WWF.

  52. ProHabs says:

    Wow, it is 1 in the morning and all of Montreal is in bed. The Habs have turned this town into a ghost town. Does anyone really care anymore. It appears not. Poor Boone putting his heart and soul into the ALN and all for not.

  53. AndyF says:

    C’mon! This “the fans deserve better” crap is old hat. We’re past that, and most of us now understand that there are natural ebbs and flows for every pro hockey team. To deny that is to prevent the healing process from happening.

    So stop sounding like beer salesmen, and start acting like mature and knowledgeable GMs. Get with the program that is already in progress.

    Fail for Nail

    • durocher says:

      We can accept rebuilding — but we have been rebuilding for almost a decade now. The moves that our GM’s have made haven’t put us in a competitive position. Gainey’s 5 year plan is now in its 8th year, I believe. So yes, we can’t expect a Cup every year, but at least to be a viable club.

      Moreover, we can expect, a threshold of effort no matter who is on the ice, and we aren’t getting that, especially on home ice. Kaberle plays with no heart, others float, etc.

      Lack of talent for this long is inexcusable, and lack of effort at any moment is inexcusable.

  54. Klondike Habs Fan says:

    You said it Mr. Boone, and Said it well.

    At least we will have lots of reasons to visit the site all summer.

  55. BLACK ICE says:

    Carey Price would be stupid to sign here long term …. He & his agent must be smarter than that!

  56. RD says:

    Typical over reactionary fan rant. Yes, the team is bad, yes Gainey made those moves but nothing will ever compare to the uselessness we had to endure while Houle was at the helm.

    He traded away, Roy, Keane, Recchi, Damphousse, Turgeon, Bellows, Desjardin, Leclair and time and time again, got nothing in return.

    I will say this, Molson seems to be a common factor in both dark eras…

    We haven’t seen talent like that since..

  57. Forum Dog says:

    No-one can defend all the moves Gainey made as GM. But the Habs made the playoffs 5 of the 6 years he was there, the prospect pool was deepened considerably, and they attracted some name players who would not have played there before. I think we should trust the work of a 6-time Stanley Cup champion and Hall of Fame leader before entertaining the mindless ramblings of a verifiable fanatic.

    The teams Gainey managed were never juggernaughts, and they had their weaknesses, but there was success. Playing in a shitstorm like Montreal, where every move is dissected over and over by a bunch of amateurs, I’d say that is an achievement unto itself. Certainly more than any GM had accomplished in the 10 years or so before his arrival.

    This year has been a write-off. Plain and simple. From the Markov and Gionta injuries to coaching controversies and cannibalizing fans. It has been an unmitigated disaster. They will bounce back next year, and as long as there isn’t some crazy over-reaction, will be a good team for years to come.

  58. G-Man says:

    AND YOU’RE A FUCKING ASSHOLE.

  59. Strummer says:

    He got Recchi for Desjardins and LeClair.
    You’re double-dipping here in your examples.

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    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”
    -Dennis Miller

  60. VTHockey11 says:

    I’d take John LeClair in his prime over almost anyone in the league in the late 90s. 50+ goals year after year and he got them the ugly way, shoving himself in front of net and becoming immovable. If only we had a LeClair today…


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