About last night …

habs toe tag
There are 20 games left in your Montreal Canadiens’ season.
Let us hope, let us pray that they’re not all as depressing as the 4-1 loss in Washington.
But how much would you bet against it?

Let’s face it, peeps: The magical misery tour that is the 2011-’12 season is over.

Oh, the body may twitch around a bit on the slaughterhouse floor. The Canadiens may win a couple games, and the more credulous among us will get very moist in anticipation of a March miracle.

Won’t happen.

It’s been over for a while. But now it’s really over.

No more math calculations. No more talk of a furious finish.

The Canadiens will not make the playoffs because they are not a playoff team.

Whether they’re a last-place team – which is the current predicament – is another discussion.

But an objective analysis of what we watched from Washington (which has its own issues) would suggest the Canadiens lack the talent – and, more ominously, the will – to play postseason hockey.

The players know it. They won’t say so on the record, of course, but the guys in uniform are acutely aware of this team’s shortcomings.

Shall we list them:

• The Canadiens are a one-line hockey team. David Desharnais, Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty are the only forwards who exert offensive pressure and scoring power on a nightly, shift-to-shift basis.

• They are woefully thin and soft on the backend. Randy Cunneyworth dresses seven defencemen, and P.K. Subban still has to play 24:36 minutes, Josh Gorges 22:36. So who’s their second pairing? Yannick Weber and Chris Campoli had more ice time than Raphael Diaz and Alexei Emelin. As illustrated by Mathieu Perreault’s goal, Tomas Kaberle – two more years at $4.25 million – simply cannot play even-strength hockey.

• Tomas Plekanec is having a miserable season. His minus-18 is … wait for it … 235th among te 237 players who have seen time at centre this season. In defence of Plekanec, however, it should be pointed out that he’s played with every winger on the team … except the two who are good.

• Through 40 minutes of the penultimate game preceding the trade deadline Andrei Kostitsyn had NO STATS.  Until he recorded a shot on goal and had two blocked during the third period – which was basically 20 minutes of garbage time – AK46 contributed absolutely nothing to the game. And he finished with no hits.

• What can you say about Scott Gomez that hasn’t been said already … about bird flu? The highest cap hit on the roster played 12:24 – low for Gomez, but enough time to be on for three Washington goals. Dale Hunter put Mike Knuble and Roman Hamrlik in the pressbox. Randy Cunneyworth had Gomez and Kaberle on the ice.

• Carey Price has played 3,271 minutes this season. That’s 90 minutes – a game and a half, if you will – more than runnerup Pekka Rinne, who plays for a good team. No one on the team  takes losses harder than the Canadiens’ franchise goaltender, and Price has lost 32 of his 54 starts.

• Rene Bourque and Petteri Nokelainen couldn’t play for contending teams.

• Louis Leblanc had 8:23 of ice time. Lars Eller played on the wing against Washington. At least he saw 18:24 of ice time, but the kid has been bounced from centre to wing and from line to line all season. It will be criminal if the Canadiens screw up this kid’s development.

• Which brings us to the coach. Look, Randy Cunneyworth is a great guy, admirably honest in his dealings with the media and, presumably, with his players. But he is not a great in-game tactician, and the coach’s 11/7 lineups preclude rolling four lines efficiently.

How well does the coach prepare his team for the opening faceoff? As they’ve moved into the most crucial segment of their schedule, the Canadiens have trailed 1-0 in six consecutive games. They’ve been outshot in nine straight first periods.

Look, hockey is a results-oriented business.

When Jacques Martin was fired on Dec. 17, the Canadiens were 13-12-7 and two points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Under Cunneyworth, the team has gone 11-16-3. They are eight points out of eighth, and I have a better chance of dating Kate Upton than the Canadiens do of closing that gap.

The best-case scenario has Pierre Gauthier unloading some deadwood by Monday afternoon. No sane general manager would take Kaberle or Gomez, but the Ghost might be able to squeeze out some value for Campoli and Travis Moen.

Ales Hemsky has signed a two-year extension in Edmonton and is off the market. AK46 has more points than Hemsky this season. There are rumours of a Brothers K reunion in Nashville, with the Canadiens getting the rights to talented headcase Alexander Radulov. I’d make that deal in a heartbeat.

There are dangers – beyond fan disillusion – of playing out the string through six weeks of a lost season.

The wise men of L’Antichambre – Vincent Damphousse, Bergie, Mike and Gaston Therrien – warned of cliques forming on the team, guys playing for their stats and avoiding anything that might cause injury.

It’s a bad example – with untold long-term consequences – for the young players who represent the future of the club.

Let’s hope the role model for Eller and LL is Erik Cole, who will play hard until the last dog dies.

Twenty more games – and it ain’t gonna be pretty.

157 Comments

  1. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    I thank God that none of the idiots on this board will ever run the Habs. I think all of your combined IQs wouldn’t equal ‘room temperature’. Does anyone know what that is? No! I don’t mean the temperature in your room in your Mom’s basement where you sit wasting your life in-between shifts at McDonalds or Tim Horton’s while you try to get your ‘High School Equivalency’ on-line. How about you, the war historian, who thinks the Nazis bombed Pearl Harbor? How long were you trapped in your mother’s birth canal with the umbilical cord all twisted and strangling you starving your brain of oxygen? I suggest you all get a life and move out of your parent’s basement. I’ll be happy to wait and see what the future brings the Habs in the form of a high draft pick. I will never regret leaving Montreal and moving to Toronto. However, the exodus of wealth and intellect in the early 70s has left my beloved hometown full of idiots and beer-swilling troglodytes. What a shame!!!

  2. oh goody, only twenty games left….i am sick of yelling and cursing the television. Ak do something, hit somebody…finish, finish…Kaberle? are you kidding… Campoli $@^@$. Depression and tears…Disappointment…where’s the desire? One line works hard, others try, still others float…Price can’t do it all…some games he can’t at all… Can’t win if you can’t finish and score in bunches….This season was worst than the last. Hopefully we will turn this ship of fools around this summer…dump overboard the deadwood change the gm etc. … we can only hope and pray. I live in Canuckland…i hope and pray for the Wings, Preds, Kings – anybody to bump off these Yucks swiftly…simply because misery loves company – and them fans have doused me with salt to my wounds every Canadien’s loss this season…grrr Thank goodness i was around during the sixties and seventies where this franchise thrived…Scotty beam me up…

  3. DorvalTony says:

    Markov and Campoli look even worse in person. Diaz Weber AK too. Crap. Canadiens have maybe *half* a team.

    “Okay everybody take a Valium.” – Rene Levesque

  4. billylove says:

    I hope Markov doesn’t return this year. Allow for complete healing, if that’s possible, and give it a go next season. Playing in the remainder of this lost season is pointless. Even if he did return and played ok it really doesn’t prove anything. He will always be one hit away from having his career finished. Hopefully that won’t happen but it’s the cold, hard reality.

  5. MrNax says:

    What I don’t understand is how everyone in the hockey world knew that the Kaberle trade was a bad trade for us and yet the people in charge of this team, the “experts”, went through with it. I dare anyone to point out his point stats to me in an effort to justify his value. He is garbage. He is soft, affraid and inept. He is such a defensive liability that he makes MAB look like Chris Pronger. If management doesn’t acknowledge their mistakes and do something to fix them (rather than pretend they never made them) we are screwed.

    We need to deal Plekanec. We have too many smallish centres and he doesn’t fit on the team anymore. DD is a better offensive centre and I believe Eller can take on a 2nd line role. Plus we’ve got young guys like Gallagher coming through the system. If we can get something decent for him, I say pull the trigger.

  6. Caper says:

    I’m a 40 year plus fan. With no Cup since since ’93. Enough is enough. Randy Cunneyworth is a decent man and last week I thought maybe….not any more. The Goat. See ya. Timmons…he’s been decent but again perhaps time for an upgrade. We have the building blocks of Price, Subban and Patches. Eller, Emelin and DD may even be included in this category. Add in the veterans Cole, Gionta and maybe Bourque I believe there is optimism that the habs should compete for a playoff spot. Pleks? Trade bait?

    The next GM is crucial. I think that Habs should look at Jim Nill and paul Fenton. These guys have learned under Holland and Poile respectively and speaking French in my opinion is not a priority for that position unlike that of the Coach. These guys could assemble a a competent staff in no time and have the Habs competing for Stanley within 3 years. It’s time to look outside the box. If French is still required then Julien BriseBois and a mentor such as Scotty Bowman. That latter is a dream but I wonder if we could convince him to come back as a Consultant/Mentor if BriseBois is the guy?

    • MrNax says:

      I’m a French-speaking Habs fan and I can’t believe that language is even part of the discussion when it comes to hiring procedures. This is discrimination and could very well be in violation of the Human Rights Code of Canda. There would be nothing more un-patriotic than violating one of the underpinnings of Canadi(e)n society. Why can’t they just get a translator to help communicate with the press?

      • Caper says:

        I speak no french and voted against Meech Lake 20 years ago (give Quebec distinct society clause if I recall correctly). However, should the Habs hire an anglophone he has to learn the language. I never said hire a francophone.

        • MrNax says:

          Why does he have to learn the language? I never intended to suggest that you wanted a francophone coach. I was simply stating my opinon since the subject was brought up.

    • DorvalTony says:

      Timmins.

      “Okay everybody take a Valium.” – Rene Levesque

  7. Greg says:

    I think we should hang on to AK46. So he’s having a bad year, so is everyone. If we can sign him for $3 M/year for him to play on the 3rd line with Eller and Leblanc I think it’s great. That leaves Pleks with Gionta and Bourque, and a great 4th line of White between Moen and Darche, and of course the Cole, Patches, DD line.

    Focus on defence with hopefully Markov returning and PK with Gorges. We might just have to be patient for Beaulieu and Tinordi, while Brendan Nash could keep Diaz and Emelin on their toes. I would get rid of Kaberle and Campoli for 7th round picks. Anything.

    • JimBob says:

      Enough with the ‘Markov returning’ talk already….

      Let’s see if the guy can ever play at anything close to the level he played before. And if he can, let’s see if he can manage to string together oh, 20 games? Without another injury…

      In my not so humble opinion, he’s finished.

      • Greg says:

        Well we just won’t know. He has the talent, he has the desire, it’s just a matter of whether or not the knee holds up. And no one on this forum has the inside knowledge of how possible that is. So the only responsible position to take is that of ignorance. We just don’t know. So I prefer to be cautiously optimistic.

        • JimBob says:

          I used to be optimistic on Marky too… I’m finding that harder and harder to do these days :)

          I just can’t see how he’s going to be able to do it again on knees that are held together by nuts and bolts and cables :P But I suppose stranger things have happened…

          Don’t take me personally though, and sorry if I came off a tad bit rude…

        • DorvalTony says:

          He can’t even practice with the team. It’s over Dorothy.

          “Okay everybody take a Valium.” – Rene Levesque

    • alwayssunny says:

      That team sounds great, it should be way better than this one.

    • Caper says:

      LOL-Kaberle is bad. That trade alone should seal the Goat’s fate.

  8. Trackpants says:

    The habs defense has been the giant ED elephant in the dressing room for a number of years now. Dating back to the signing of the Hammer and Spacek.
    Even IF Markov returns he will not be the saviour of this undersized, over streched group. It is going to take more then a Mara or a Campoti to fix the blue line of the Canadians. Adding Kaberle was like flushing 4.3 million of cap space down the toliet .
    Don’t get me wrong we have some devloping tallent(PK, Emilen) and Georges ( Best Dman by far) comes to play hockey every night.
    But developing tallent is exactly what we have, and b/c the blueline has been ingnored since the Gainey era, we force these you D men into a no win situation every night.
    I hope the new GM can make some tough decisions this summer, free up the cap space necessary to sign 2 or 3 defensive defensemen that can actually compete at the NHL level.
    It is time for the management team to take responsiblity for these terrible contract signings and get rid of the dead weight that is strangling this franchise.
    We have some players to build around, but lets not give ourselves a 12 million dollar handicap to start off the 2012- 2013 season.
    All this being said, I will watch the last 20 games and hope against the odds, like I watched the first 62…
    =TP “Defense wins Championships”

  9. alwayssunny says:

    Sometimes you just have one of those hard-luck years. We just aren’t getting the bounces. Injuries. Bad refereeing. Snakebites. Some guys had the flu again, if you recall that was the sole reason we sucked another year recently. So let’s cut the boys a little slack ok? They are doing their best. People who play games for a living have a lot of pride and their life must be a living hell at times like this.

    • JimBob says:

      Oh please…. Cut them some slack? Sure…I’ll cut them some slack…Cut them loose and let them go get a real job like everyone else…and maybe then they can talk about their lives being a living hell…

      In the meantime, they are re-inventing the word suckage.

      • alwayssunny says:

        You think Pierre Gauthier has an easy job? The guy just doesn’t get any credit. He locked up Markov before he got away on us. And then an unforeseeable act of god puts Markov on the shelf and suddenly that’s Pierre’s fault. He could have easily sat back and said those are the breaks. But no, he went out and got us Kaberle to replace Markov. And being a forward thinker, it is no accident that Kaberle has a three year deal. There is a small possibility that Markov could miss some games next year too. And the next year. So we are shored up there in any case.

        • JimBob says:

          Ok, I see you’re just another troll….

          nothing to see here in your posts, time to move on…

          edit: by the way, from looking at your posts and your vocabulary choices, you’re that clown that comes in here posting his everloving, everlasting man-love for Gomer, aren’t you?

        • Trackpants says:

          I am sorry Sunny, but Kaberle is not an example of forward thinking on anyones part. The Canes were dancing in the street thinking about not having to pay him for the next 2 seasons. I will give PG credit on signing Cole, which raised alot of eyebrows at the time.
          Markov would make a difference on PP, but this team needs to overhaul its blueline and sign some hard nosed Dmen. We have no room for an overpriced, soft, pass first defensive liability on this roster. Do you think that Burke would have dealt him if he was even slightly comparable to Markov?

          =TP

    • RockinRey says:

      Are you serious Sunny? Snakebit, flu and bad refereeing?Injuries?

      This team is middling at best and that is only when motivated. There are too many journeymen and no superstars ( Subban may be one in the making and Price has done nothing in the only season that counts- the playoffs) and Markov ? who knows

      Stop looking through rose coloured glasses and being an apologist for Management ans see this team for what it really is. They are abysmal . Slack? They give the Bruins a fight but thats it. On a consistent basis one line is working and they cannot sustain any pressure whatsoever. All the parts would be pieces you could add to other teams but the sum of which dont really add up to much with Montreal.

  10. Exit716 says:

    If the Habs get Radulov’s rights from Nashville, one would assume that Patrick Roy is joining the club next year in some capacity.

    • OneTimer says:

      we can dream, how sick would that be… Imagine if we also draft Grigorenko…the stars align?

      • Greg says:

        Grigorenko is plummeting down the draft charts. And besides, the last thing I want is to draft a mercurial Russian. After Yakupov it’s a relatively weak draft pool. It’s a crappy year to be finishing in the bottom 5. I’d take Dumba and be excited. But anyone else besides Yakupov is a bit of a question mark.

  11. NLhabsfan says:

    The toe tag made me laugh… So very true… We all knew that two weeks ago the fat lady was singing herself blue.Lets hope for a great draft pick and perhaps
    our new GM can pick up young talent.

  12. alwayssunny says:

    On the bright side I thought Gomez had a couple of good shifts last night. We need to see a lot more of that over the next 2+ years. At least some glimpses of the OK player he once was, and the superstar that former Montreal GM Bob Gainey believes him to be. Kaberle too. We are going to need more consistency for him while he is back there anchoring our defence over the next two seasons.
    Speaking of our former GM draws to mind a couple of quotes –
    Viktor Tikhonov: “Bob Gainey is the most complete player in the world”.
    Glen Sather: “Bob Gainey is the best GM in the whole wide world.”

    The second one isn’t as well known but it is safe to assume that he has said that 1000 times when looking out over his team.

    Cmon guys it is like a funeral in here…. GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO!….

  13. disgustedhabsfan says:

    What’s this crying around bullshit! Over? It’s not over till we say it’s over. Was it over when the Nazis bombed Pearl Harbor? Who’s with me? Come on….let’s get gooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

    • PanchoVilla says:

      When the Nazi’s bombed Pearl Harbor? Are you for real???

    • alwayssunny says:

      Yeah this is the time when real fans rally around their team. There is still a quarter of a season to be played. Go Habs Go!

    • Albatros says:

      It done like freakin’ dinner!

    • mjames says:

      Unless I missed something over that past 70 years, the Nazis haven’t bombed Pearl Harbor yet.

      Boone is ready to trade AK46, essentially the best passer on the team, for the rights to someone who doesn’t want to play in Montreal. And this guy gets paid to write about the Habs. Jeez Boone is a bad as Habs management. When AK46 leaves and goes on to play like Grabowski, Boone will find someone else to scape goat. He can’t write unless he has a scape goat.

      The best thing that could happen prior to the trade deadline is for PG to resign. The players are discouraged and do not want to play. Have someone competent come in and evaluate the players that would be suitable for a contending team. Those that do not meet the criteria then they are moved or demoted over the summer. Unfortunately the other teams see what dire straits the Habs are in and they will not pay fair value for the likes of AK46, Moen , Copani. I agree that Gomez and Kaberle are wasted money (11m).

      mjames

      • piper says:

        how young are you guys on here?

      • Habsbill24 says:

        AK, the best passer on the team? Who have you been watching? The dog loses the puck or fans on his shot 50% of the time he is in the offensive zone, or drops the puck to no one. A complete waste of space he is. His career will follow Sergei Samsonov’s and he will be in the KHL within three years. Why do you think there is virtually no interest in him by any other team?

  14. boing007 says:

    Campoli, Kaberle, AK and Gomez should have been sent to Hamilton. Bring in the youngsters, Geoffrion and the like. The final games might at least be entertaining, if nothing else.

    Richard R

  15. boing007 says:

    That off the boards bank shot that Karlsson made the other night was worthy of Willie Mosconi. I remember when the Habs, under Carbo, used the boards a lot as a means to a clean breakout. Now they just Dump & Chase.

    Richard R

  16. frankcasting says:

    .. and once house is cleaned, let’s get back to hockey numbers, shall we?

    We need 30 numbers to get through a year. (this year we’ve used 28). In the old days, we had 1-31 to work with. We have 15 numbers retired, but rather than going beyond 40 (NFL and training-camp numbers) let’s go from the first available no. 6 through no. 40 (less the 10 retired numbers in between) and add handsome vanity numbers like 44,55,66,77,88.

    Of course several players would have their superstitious noses put out of joint, but hell, being a Hab means being a freaking Hab. It amazes me that so many great numbers that have been worn before with such pride go unused.

    Habs numbers should be (and players who should wear them in 2012-13 or whenever the lockout it over)

    6 Geoffrion
    8 Eller
    11 Emelin
    13 Diaz
    14 Plek
    15 Desharnais
    17 LeBlanc
    20
    21 Gionta
    22
    24
    25 Gorges
    26 Cole
    27 Bourque
    28
    30 Budaj
    31 Price
    32
    34
    35 R White
    36
    37
    38
    39
    40
    44
    55 PK
    66 Max
    77 Markov
    88

    All blanks are intentional.
    New GM’s got a few blanks to fill.
    Manifesto complete.

    LOL

    Loving the Habs since 1965

  17. viper says:

    no offence to anyone here and i know bourque doesn,t play hard every night but i thought he played a good game last night has the talent and size to be a really good player and if he applied himself every game we would have another cole

    viper180

  18. frankcasting says:

    Let’s pray the new CBA allows Molson Canadiens to find a way of junking Kaberle and Gomez (it hurts just to write their names). If ever there was a time to clean house, this is the year.

    Loving the Habs since 1965

    • Strummer says:

      There is nothing stopping the habs from junking either one.
      kaberle has no NTC/NMC
      gomez can only name 3 teams in his NTC
      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”
      -Dennis Miller

    • boing007 says:

      Maybe they should hire a top notch cleaning lady. She might do a better job than PG.

      Richard R

  19. Chris says:

    “Through 40 minutes of the penultimate game preceding the trade deadline Andrei Kostitsyn had NO STATS. Until he recorded a shot on goal and had two blocked during the third period – which was basically 20 minutes of garbage time – AK46 contributed absolutely nothing to the game. And he finished with no hits.”

    A great example of how people that put too much value in statistics often don’t take into account how flawed and inconsistently applied the “real-time stats” can be from rink to rink. Because of the conversation about hitting yesterday, I was watching Kostitsyn very closely yesterday to see how effective his hits were. I only watched the 1st 25 minutes of the game or so, but I had Kostitsyn down for 2 hits, including one that also resulted in a takeaway as Kostitsyn hit a defenceman in the Capitals zone and also stole the puck on the play.

    Kostitsyn also narrowly missed the net on a rebound opportunity while he and Eller were fighting in front of Neuvirth for position, which was probably the Canadiens’ only legitimate scoring chance in the first period.

    In the third period, Kostitsyn did finally get on the offical stat sheet, and when you look down the play-by-play summary he was also responsible for drawing two penalties in the third period. A PP goal could have got the team back into the game.

    This isn’t to absolve Kostitsyn…he wasn’t better than the rest of his terrible teammates. But he was no worse than Pacioretty, whose contribution on the night stats wise was a 43′ wrist shot at the 26 second mark of the second period and a 30′ wrist shot at the 17:38 mark of the third period. Given that Pacioretty spend 5 minutes more on the ice and played nearly 4 minutes on the power play on the night, it’s pretty safe to say he was a passenger as well, from the stats sheet.

  20. FlyingFrenchie says:

    An open letter to G Molson….
    Congratulations you idiot!
    The Women’s Institute could do a better job of running this organization.
    You may have money, but you certainly don’t have brains, when it comes to the band of misfits, you hired to run this team.

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    Have never watched a Hab game with such apathy as last night. The saving grace is watching the games from the HotTub with my wife while consuming beers. We talk about all things and time to time she asks me the score. I tell her 3-0 Washington, she says you never swore two times since it was 1-0? I just told her its over…..

    Now about these reports Grigorenko attended the same motivational courses our Brother Andrei Kostitsyn attended.

  22. kerrgte says:

    memo to Pierre Gauthier: You are fired.

    termination package: one way bus ticket to Gauche Vegan, Quebec
    plus $2.00 for ear muffs.

    Don’t bother asking for a letter of reference, and close the door on your way out.

  23. SmartDog says:

    5 QUESTIONS:
    1. Is it possible to really care about the Habs season anymore?
    2. How many times have you put on skates this winter?
    3. Would you trade a Molson and a Heineken straight up for a Kilkenny?
    4. Kate Upton or Kate Hudson?
    5. Dogs or cats?

    SD
    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  24. steve17 says:

    I hope Dave Stubbs is wrong. I think the Habs can pick up some good players and start the make over at the deadline. Plekanec is not having a banner year, but his body of work should get Montreal a good return. There are a number of teams, Chicago among them, that want a 2nd line centre. DD and Eller have progressed well and Montreal can afford to move Plekanec. If it is true that Nashville will trade Radulov for Kostitsyn, I would take that gamble. If Chicago would trade Beach and a 3rd round pick for Plekanec, I would do that too. The Habs do not have a player like Beach in the system.

    I do think that some teams would trade for Weber, Campoli, Nokelainen, and Kaberle. I would only move Moen if the return was too much to turn down. They may not get much for Kaberle, but a team that wants help on the power play and can afford him, may give up a 3rd round pick, which is better than nothing and gets that salary off the books. Yes, send Gomez to the minors. I guess what worries Gauthier is some team that needs to spend more to the cap floor, picks him up at half his salary leaving Montreal n the hook for 2 more years for the other half.

    Let the kids play and let them play at their natural positions with the same line mates. All this shuffling around does not help, it HURTS!!

    Habfan17

  25. ths says:

    Lost interest in the Habs a while ago but was dumbfounded on that Mathieu Perreault goal I had to look up 22 to see it’s Tomas Kaberle.
    That is a guy that CBF ed along with Gomer. They should both be run out of town but thats probably what they want

    Ooh Aah Habs are useless

    • Captain aHab says:

      That was easily one of the worst plays I’ve ever seen by a Hab…it showed a total lack of interest.

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

  26. Captain aHab says:

    With the number of guys signing with teams before the deadline, TSN/RDS must be getting worried about what’ll be left to announce on Monday.

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

  27. Dodger says:

    THat comment about commentators was NOT from “Dodger”. I don’t know why it was so indicated.
    “Dodger’s” comment is as follows…….. Rejean Houle has been slagged, slandered, libeled and otherwise defamed by Habs fans for years. One question: ..bad as a leader that he was, how many times did HIS teams reside in the conference basement. THe Gainey/Gauthier tandem has reached a new low in my well over 50 years of following this team. I shudder to call it a “team”…….how about Chris Nilan for an assistant coach? Perhaps he could teach some “haaaat” to this bunch of jokes.

    JUst a question about commentators. I suspect a good many on here listen to a variety of sports on a variety of networks. A number of commentators are former players or coaches. My question is this: can anyone think of a network commentator (other than the HNIC clown) consistently (or ever) refer to specific teams as “we” when commenting on a particular game?

  28. Dodger says:

    JUst a question about commentators. I suspect a good many on here listen to a variety of sports on a variety of networks. A number of commentators are former players or coaches. My question is this: can anyone think of a network commentator (other than the HNIC clown) consistently (or ever) refer to specific teams as “we” when commenting on a particular game?

  29. homerbowen says:

    Where Randy has disappionetd me is the minutes he gives to Gomez, Kaberle and Campoli and for this there is no excuse, so yes he must go at the end of the season. The tough part will be finding a french speaking coach who coaches better than he speaks french…..good luck here as coaching in the Q does not make you a great NHL coach.

    Clearly Gomez can not be part of this team next season. He has been a “cancer” on the team and must be buried somewhere, preferably in Europe. Same for Kaberle as he costs us games and there is no place for him in the NHL. While these may be big $$$$ hits this team can easily suck it up and what a message it will send.

    I would re-sign Moen and try to trade AK, however, if we don’t get good value back I would re-sign him as well. Campoli is gone at the end and good ridence. Diaz and Weber are too soft but do we have replacements? I don’t see any future with Nokelainen so there’s very little to deal with….this is not good and for those who say we are a player or two away, i would say away from what?

    Management has some tough decisions to make to restore this franchise to where it should be…good luck.

    • pmaraw says:

      if you ask me, for the next 20 games, gomez, nokia and ak should be our top line! ensure the lottery pick imo. take a guess who i think should be our top d pairing. also give price some rest for crying out loud.

      • The Cat says:

        You wont see Budaj until the habs are mathematically eliminated. Id like to think its cause Price gives the habs the best chance to win, but its really about not having a Price-Halak II. Cunneyworth isnt deciding the icetime of players (Gomez, Kaberle etc), no man can be that clueless.

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

    • steve17 says:

      I also hate that RC keeps moving Eller around. The kid was showing some confidence and now he is playing less, then playing on the wing, then who knows!! Put him on the 2nd power play, all the time and leave him at centre. He actually helps his wingers put up points!! Since the Habs aren’t scoring and they were when he was at center, doesn’t it make sense?

      Habfan17

  30. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …it was a decision that had to be inevitably made, …and for Me, the return for Gill in Geoffrion, especially, PLUS the added bonus of a second-round draft pick, made the trade one of Pierre Gauthier’s moments in the sun as Our GM

    …yet, short-term, it left the SOUL of Our Team in replacement for Gill in-effect to Kaberle’s and Campoli’s living-dead personas

    …I’m usually not a Fan that personalizes My disgust with Our Players …I normally, in fact, am usually disgusted with too many of My fellow Habs’ Fans for personalization and character assassination of current and past Players (even Management)

    …but, Kaberle is so TORONTO MAPLELEAF I just can’t help Myself choking on bile :(

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  31. nickster13 says:

    Apparently P.A Parenteau is on the market. He is a UFA at the end of the season, but i would acquire him now if we had the chance, given his attractiveness to other teams later on. He has 54 points in 60 games this season, and he’s a quebecer at 6ft, and is a playmaker, so I would make this deal. Who would i give up? See if we can give them Weber and a 2nd rounder.

    • steve17 says:

      Weber yes, but not the 2nd rounder. That was the mistake that the Habs have made for 3 years, giving away 2nd rounders. They are gold now. Throw in Pulashaj or trade Kostitsyn straight up on condition tha he sign a new contract.

      Habfan17

  32. MiltonHab says:

    Its trade deadline…time to unload this mess. Where is the pride of the Montreal Canadiens? We have some parts to build this team around for the future but everything else should be jettisoned starting with Gomez and Kaberle, two guys that I am embarrassed to see wear the jersey of the Rocket. Take a lesson from the Leafs, once a proud franchise which a later generation now accepts as a perrenial also-ran, a joke. Do whatever it takes, stop drinking Molson, stop buying tickets and Habs paraphenalia. this cannot stand. As fans of the once greatest sports franchise on the planet we cannot allow any form of mediocrity ( I wish!) to be acceptable. Montreal was once the center of the universe in so many aspects and we have allowed the pride in our city to be taken over by “little” men. No longer acceptable

    • Captain aHab says:

      Why would it be so hard for people to stop drinking Molson’s beers? They absolutely blow. I probably haven’t had one in 15 years. The Quebec microbreweries should band together and get a campaign going:

      “Drink a better beverage and send Geoff a message.”

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

      • The Cat says:

        Well it entails some research, like theres global partners etc. For the longest time I drank Heineken without knowing Molson was a part of it in some way.

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

        • Captain aHab says:

          Google is your friend: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molson_Coors_brands

          As I said: just stick to some of the excellent Microbrewery beers.

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

          • The Cat says:

            Yes I know, just saying, hardly anyone is going to bother to do that. If people are that bothered, they should just stop going to the Bell centre or stop watching the games on tv.

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

          • Captain aHab says:

            Well, I’m pretty sure the Habs weren’t playing in front of full houses before the lock out so I still hold hope that we won’t turn into mindless Laffs fans. Ticket sales will drop and no amount of marketing sugar-coating will be able to buff that turd to an acceptable level.

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

  33. lakechamplain says:

    Random thoughts, because everyone here and on talk radio has already over-analyzed everything except what laces they’re using:

    –Usually at least 1/3 of the Florida ‘fans’ root for the Canadians; will they collectively boo tomorrow?
    –If the Canadians were a dog, I’d give them a pat on the back and
    take them to the Vets to put them out of their misery.
    –Aren’t you glad that Scott Gomez made it back for the last third of
    the season?
    –Can we trade all the forwards except Cole & Pacioretty before the
    deadline? Like a big package deal? Can we trade with minor league teams other than our affiliates?
    –Speaking of trades, maybe in the future when players are selected by or traded to the Canadians they won’t get a ‘no-trade’ clause in their
    contracts but an escape clause, as in ‘get-me-outta-here’ phrase.
    –Look, I’m a Cleveland Browns fan, and this year during the second half of the NFL season I was rooting ardently for them to lose every
    game so they could get the highest draft pick possible. It wasn’t easy but they did it, and now have a real good chance of landing RG III.
    Isn’t it time we all calmly go over the lottery system and start assessing what draftees might give us some hope for the future?

  34. JayK-47 says:

    Man, this conspiracy theory stuff about tanking is a buncha bunk. We all came into this season thinking things were looking ‘alright’. Gomez was down to 2 chins, Cammy busted his ass in the off season (he said so at least), Markov was back, even Spacek was down half a chin size too. And this was basically the same team that took out Washington and Pittsburgh in their PRIME.

    Then what happened? Markov pulled up lame (winning us the Campoli sweepstakes), PK lost his wits and tried to double his prior success (fail), and JM’s attempts to psychically control the team from the bench resulted in a team that lost confidence in their coach. So the PP went away for the season, umptheenth time 30 goal scorer Gionta was injured. Twice. And Cammy took the season off when everyone tried to ‘enable’ Gomez back into an NHL player. Add in Darche and Moen imitating top 6 forwards and wow.

    The good news? I dunno. Seeing the Habs play a laugher in Ottawa after Christmas, watching them handle the Rags in the Bell Centre and those stompings of the Jets and Wings gave me hope. I thought Cunneyworth’s merit system was fine. This team has a good core of vets with skill and work ethics. And the younger guys have potential. For once.

    But lately it seems like coach Randy is playing who PG wants him to. Gill is gone. There’s a little more selfishness in the players.

    As someone who used to lead awesome people, I think they have to dump the dogs (Gomez, Kaberle, Campoli and AK), enable the coach or get a ‘real’ one. Basically, settle the kids down with the trade uncertainty, give them a leader and let them play some f#cking hockey.

  35. The Cat says:

    When Hal Gill was traded I mentioned that the loss would hurt Price’s avg, because I often called Gill goaltender 1B. I was told the loss of Gill would not affect the best goalie in the world. But so far in 4 games its 0.892.

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

  36. Un Canadien errant says:

    When the Hal Gill trade was announced, I was happy with the fact that we had turned an expiring contract into assets for the future. I thought his contribution would have been important if not crucial for a post-season run, but as we were now eliminated, we had basically got three somethings for essentially nothing. Another plus was the opportunity for our youngsters to play more minutes in a penalty killing or shutdown role at the end of games. We had taken from the team a vestigial organ, like our appendix, which once had a useful function but now was at least superfluous, so no harm had been done, right?

    One thing which I did not foresee was how much the trade would let the air out of the balloon for the team. We had crowed greatly about how Hal Gill provided leadership, and was good in the dressing room, we just never thought everyone would be so glum if he was to leave. For the last week, the Good Guys have been lethargic, apathetic. The night of the trade, they played hard against the Sabres, as if refusing to accept the message management was sending. Since then, they seemed resigned to their lot in life, and are playing out the string without direction or fire. The boys have capitulated.

    I’m not saying that they have voluntarily decided to play with less effort. This is more of an unconscious reaction, the team as a group doesn’t have a common goal. A few are on tenter hooks waiting for Monday’s trade deadline, wondering if they’ll have to pack their bags. Each player is looking at his neighbours and teammates and absorbing the malaise. Lame duck Randy Cunneyworth’s good guy act is ill-suited for these conditions, he is powerless to reverse the tide.

    The Canadiens’ brand of hockey wasn’t necessarily a wide-open game, but it was never boring. The players had passion and fought hard, and celebrated when they won and battled to the end when they didn’t. Tonight, the game was downright soporific. Seeing players like Scott Gomez and Tomas Kaberle mailing it in was disheartening.

    Our favourite whipping boys were down to their old tricks again. I never liked or respected Tomas Kaberle as a Leaf. I felt that if he was my teammate I would have a serious problem with his obvious lack of effort. His decisions and reactions to situations are appalling. I understand that Mr. Gauthier felt the risk we ran in acquiring him was acceptable if it allowed the powerplay to revive. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case, and his poor effort and exemplar for our younger players presently contaminate the team. He is the rotten apple, and must be taken out of the barrel.

    A spirited debate on HIO today centred on Scott Gomez, and whether he deserved the opprobrium heaped on him for the last two seasons. A mention was made of stats and metrics, the Fenwick measurement was brandished. I’m still not sure what Fenwick is all about, and I’ll delve into it now since the rest of this season is going to be dedicated to development. I do know that Mr. Gomez was on the ice for the first three Capitals goals. I’d like someone to cast this in a positive light. In the meantime, I believe that he is also an undesirable on the team, and must be excised and his minutes handed to our future players.

    Also, we can hope that the recent signings of Tuomo Ruutu and Ales Hemsky shrink the pool of available scoring wingers, and that it firms up the demand for Andrei Kostitsyn. It would be great if an offence-starved team overpaid for our enigmatic Belarussian.

    We could list the positives about tonight, as the new German managers listed the laid off workers of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant over the loudspeakers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bJt-uKcogE

    Blake Geoffrion scored the winning goal for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the shootout. That is all.

    ———————————
    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • rnbws.ncronwrcr says:

      a wizard like me?

    • VancouverHab says:

      Dear uCe:

      You seem a sincere chap, so merit a sincere reply. Scott Gomez was on the ice for three Washingtonian goals. So were the linesmen. The cheerleader bimboes were just off. Were any of them at fault for the three goals? Not that the video tape shows–in other words, the fact is that none of them–Gomez, the linemen, the bimboes–were at fault.

      What you must see, uCe, is that you absolutely have to exorcise yourself of the mindless braying that passes for Scott Gomez criticism…in Montreal media as in H-I.O posters.

      You have a good mind and a good heart, but you sully yourself by your association with unsavoury commentors … and as well the odd “beat reporter who could lose a few pounds.”

      Hint: a coach who plays Deharnais on the first line, and who misuses more or less every manpower decision down the roster is a coach who will (a.) get us a high draft chocie next June and (b. won’t coach the Habs next year.

      My respects….

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …VH, You most times seem a reasonably intelligent Chap Yourself …I generally share Your tastes in hockey, and player-types …the observations on RC’s coaching choices also seem adept, …BUT Your blind-folded continued admiration of WHAT Scott Carlos Gomez brings to Our Hab’s table, and represents as a canker in Our Habs’ soul …only proves the ol’ adage ‘even upon the most accomplished lay pimples upon their nose’ :)
        …PS: and, don’t run to Your literature texts to find whom wrote the phrase …I admit, it was I :)

        Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
        http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        VancouverHab, let’s agree to disagree on the Scott Gomez situation.

        On another matter, any chance you’d be interested in catching the Tri-City Americans play the Giants on March 7? We could scout Patrick Holland and Brendan Gallagher and report back to the Commentariat.

        Edit: Habitant in Surrey, I know you’re a busy guy, but it’d be great if you could come too.

        ———————————
        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • HardHabits says:

        VH. Gomez sucks. He blows. His only worth is he is bringing the Habs a lottery pick. He should be sent to Hamilton over the summer. Gainey should fall on his sword for trading McDonagh for him.

    • steve17 says:

      Don’t forget, there is nothing to stop Montreal from signing him again during free agency!

      Habfan17

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I know that’s been bandied about, but I’m not sure if it’s a good idea. He clearly was on his last legs for the last couple of seasons. Let’s invest our icetime and energies on younger defencemen. I have no problem with the posters who say let’s bring him back into the organization as a coach though.

        ———————————
        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  37. Rooster says:

    Wow the market for rentals is crazy this year if minny can get what they did for zidlicky its time for PG to sell sell sell!!! Honestly if zidlicky can get what he did than forsure pg can move kaberle ak moen and maybe even Gomez?

  38. sreuel says:

    What are the chances that they will trade their first round pick for someone who won’t fit in there plans next year

  39. PeterD says:

    Conspiracy theory …

    Mr Molding and the habs braintrust (assuming they have one) made the decision to tank this season on Dec. 17th when J Martin was fired.
    Step 1…name a lame-duck Anglo coach and make damn sure everyone heard that he was only “interim” with zero chance at being permanent. How to motivate a coach 101.
    Step 2…trade Cammi in mid game for Bourque…another motivation head case.
    Step 3…play Gomez…self explanitory that one…what a useless waste of space.
    Step 4…trade for and continue to play Kaberle…so you think players around the league are starting to think…”hey I should sign a fat contract and go relax in Montreal…shit that looks good on the career resume”.
    Step 5…wait too long to get any value at all for AK46 and let the head case walk…or worse trade for another head case Radulov (hey why not, we seem to be collecting high priced head cases…Gomez, Kaberle, Bourque, AK…
    Step 6…play just good enough to not get a lottery draft pick and settle for a USHS defenceman that will never play for us.

  40. PeterD says:

    Conspiracy theory …

    Mr Molding and the habs braintrust (assuming they have one) made the decision to tank this season on Dec. 17th when J Martin was fired.
    Step 1…name a lame-duck Anglo coach and make damn sure everyone heard that he was only “interim” with zero chance at being permanent. How to motivate a coach 101.
    Step 2…trade Canning in mid game for Bourque…another motivation head case.
    Step 3…play Gomez…self explanitory that one…what a useless waste of space.
    Step 4…trade for and continue to play Kaberle…so you think players around the league are starting to think…”hey I should sign a fat contract and go relax in Montreal…shit that looks good on the career resume”.
    Step 5…wait too long to get any value at all for AK46 and let the head case walk…or worse trade for another head case Radulov (hey why not we seem to be collecting high priced head cases…Gomez, Kaberle, Bourque, AK…
    Step 6…play just good enough to not get a lottery draft pick and settle for a USHS defenceman that will never play for us.

  41. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Boone …IF the artwork was provided by Your so-called ‘golden girl’ …then she has finally provided something funny …no, make that hilarious :) to HIO
    …Our Habs ? …well, They are another kind of ‘funny’ …maybe, even, ‘sad’
    …it’s tough, especially for We Fans that have been Fans of the Habs for 50, 60 years …this is about as rock-bottom as We can recall
    …this is a Group that can ‘do better’ …a lot better
    …injuries are no excuse, as all teams deal with them, and are opportunity for others to step to the plate and deliver
    …I say sorry to any Tomas Kaberle and Chris Campoli apologists out there, but as soon as first, Campoli, was acquired I knew the season was not heading in the right direction …later, when Spacek was traded for Kaberle, I knew in My gut We were heading for the soul-less Hell of the Tawranna MuppleWeeds
    …that, and some of Pierre Gauthier’s classless behavior such as the way the Camalleri trade (which in itself I thought was a good trade for both teams) went down, as was the dismissal of Pearn and Martin (again, both moves in itself I had no objection to) …I felt would undermine the locker-room esprit de corps Our locker-room had in abundance only a short-time ago
    …the Francophone coaching flap, Cunneyworth’s own insistence to play useless Gomez, Kaberle and Campoli over Guys We already have that can do the jobs better
    …the cess-pit We find Ourselves, today, swimming in, is more than a talent-issue …it is a karma and morale-issue among Our Players
    …anyways, the damage is done
    …Timmins and Our Scouts better be working Their asses off to make sure We don’t make a mistake with Our Top-5 draft pick
    …or this longtime Fan will be tuning-out His Habs’ fandom until there is a culture-change in Our Habs’ Ownership and Management

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  42. DickandDanny says:

    No Markov, no Gionta, no Moen, no effort, and as Duran said, when he had nothing left to offer, “no mas”.

    See you next year everyone. Hopefully by then we won the lottery, picked first and then signed 6 power forwards, 3 playmakers, 2 hard nosed D men, 2 power play geniuses, and a coach, GM and anyone else you can think of on July 1st, that can make this team proud again. My memories of the ’60’s and ’70’s are bginning to fade. I can only watch so much u-tube from back then, and if I continue to go to Church to pray for these dummies every day my candle fund money will need to exceed Gomez rediculously over inflated salary.

    \”A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur\”

  43. bellcentre hotdog says:

    What a freakin mess.

  44. vegas says:

    sine we are doing squat, why not break up the Max/ DD / Cole line

    would be interesting to see what they could do with others

  45. NCRhabsfan says:

    Is there a rule that says Gomez has to finish the season in Montreal? If not, why not send him home now. Really, pay him to stay home, preferably in Alaska. He is an oxygen thief. Every breath of air he breathes, and more to the point, every second he spends on the ice, is stolen from a younger player.

    It is time to play the young guys. Bring up Enquist and Geoffrion, play Palushaj, give LL secondline minutes, let the youngsters show what, if anything they can do. It’s time to think long range. It’s what the Sens did last year and it reinvigorated the veterans too.

    • Marc10 says:

      I find it disgraceful that he hasn’t been buried.

      Why is accountability so hard to come by in Montreal? Imagine if Gomer was a Red Wing… Do you think for one second this guy would have been in the line up (regardless of how much he’s getting paid…)

      You want a team that battles, you need to weed out the clowns. And that starts on the first day.

  46. Chris says:

    So while wasting a bit of time tonight after turning off the game (it was brutal), I did a Sporcle (Sporcle eats your life if you like trivia…you were warned) quiz on the NHL players who have received a Hart Trophy vote since 1999-2000 and something very odd jumped out at me. In order of total number of votes earned, here’s the top 20…

    1. Alexander Ovechkin
    2. Sidney Crosby
    3. Jaromir Jagr
    4. Joe Thornton
    5. Martin Brodeur
    6. Evgeni Malkin
    7. Martin St. Louis
    8. Jarome Iginla
    9. Corey Perry
    10. Roberto Luongo
    11. Daniel Sedin
    12. Henrik Sedin
    13. Joe Sakic
    14. Miikka Kiprusoff
    15. Markus Naslund
    16. Nicklas Lidstrom
    17. Peter Forsberg
    18. Ryan Miller
    19. Pavel Datsyuk
    20. Jose Theodore

    How in the heck does Nicklas Lidstrom, winner of 7 of the 11 Norris Trophies over that time period for best defenceman in the game, not rank higher than 16th on this list? How was he not a finalist in any one year in his magnificent career?

    You can’t really argue that it is because defencemen have their own award because Kiprusoff, Luongo and Brodeur all received more votes over that time period despite having the Vezina Trophy.

    Just very odd.

  47. SPATS says:

    Once again, it must be said. A lack of leadership from the top down set the table for this. I don’t know him or have any personal bad feelings against him. This is business, but Geoff Molson installing himself at the top is the problem. You don’t have to be a genius to inherit in this crazy world. Geoff overpaid for the team and is proving inept as this unfolds. By keeping PG over JM he deserves what he’s getting. Would it not have been a better idea to cut PG loose, promote JM and bring Carbo back? They’re all on the payroll. After signing Markov to his ridiculous contract, PG should have been made to pay. Instead we have Gomez, Cammalleri, Kaberle, Gionta and Markov representing $25 million of good money thrown after bad this year. Now, tack on Carbo and JM, and it’s what? $30 million? Bourque for Cammy was the only bright spot. Cammy knew when to cut and run. Gone, poof! Just like the money eh Geoff? Len Barrie and Oren Koules oughtta finally be smiling by now. Somebody is making them look better by the day and he’s doing it in Montreal, the hotbed of hockey, in both official languages no less and in HD.

    Mrs. Molson, please talk your husband into being a silent partner. Do it for your families legacy. Ken Dryden is recently unemployed and likely available and he’s a winner. He’s earned the respect, he had the credentials, and most importantly, he didn’t inherit it. He can handle the pressure. Geoff, the ghost and RC gotta go dear! Bring back Carbo, JM and Dryden.

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  48. Stev.R says:

    With Hemsky signed and Bertuzzi signed the pickings for FA forwards this summer is getting slimmer. If we trade Kostitsyn, we will have to go and find somebody to replace him. Jiri Hudler, and Shane Doan may be possibilities. A trade for Chris Stewart was suggested too. Who do you think we can get? And be realistic. There will not be a huge overhaul on this team despite what so many are expecting to happen. Parise and Semin will most likely be much too expensive for us.

    • Stev.R says:

      Rumors that Radulov will be returning to the NHL for next season.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Replacing AK will not be hard. There are tons of guys that will actually try in one out of every seven games and score 12 goals in 60 games that will do it way cheaper than AK. More to the point, both Habs coaches this year had no confidence in him. A guy with first line skills and AHL drive, both coaches eventually relegated him to part time status.One of them may have been wrong, but both? There is a reason they’re not negotiating with him. If he isn’t traded, it’s because no one would take him. AK is headed for the KHL.

      • Stev.R says:

        Ok, what I meant to say was, we will need to find somebody to replace what Kostitsyn was supposed to do. Put up 20-25 goals, forcheck hard, and be able to play an energy role as well as a somewhat shutdown role.

  49. showey47 says:

    This game was almost as bad as the time the wife and i were going to bed and she said she would “set my clock”.I thought she said something else.Needless to say i went to bed disappointed.True story

  50. martin says:

    Stupid author. What good coach would match up Kaberle to Gomez? Any good coach has the ability to mix and match to even out his lines but our last 2 plus GM s have no clue what personnel they have. None of our offensive guys ever got anything to improve. Under jocks the veterans took over in the playoffs. Now the team is splintered with less of an identity than before. You don’t put your grandma in a Ferrari. No identity other than break out helmets for gauthier Cunneyun worthy and jocks because they need them to walk in public with out hurting sonething.

  51. habs17 says:

    as hard as it is, this is the best thing for the canadiens, we are gonna get a top 3 pick and for the first time in a while im pumped for the draft

    http://www.scottygomezfoundation.com/
    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  52. zoobydooby says:

    “Go”lf habs “Go”lf…….

  53. 24 Cups says:

    New Jersey’s trade for Zidlicky clinches it for me. They got beat on this deal which is just further proof that we have to sell everything that is not part of the team moving forward next season.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/minnesota-wild-trade-marek-zidlicky-devils-actually-something-020231215.html

  54. durocher says:

    The team had a very encouraging stretch recently, but I think the slim chances of reaching the playoffs has sunk in and the boys have functionally given up.

    The losing hurts, for sure. But what’s worse is how we are losing — even if our scorers don’t have jump, we don’t have any grinders or bangers to generate any energy or momentum on our team. White can’t do it alone. Our forwards as a corps are soft as a result, and our D is soft as well. Weber and Diaz have to follow Campoli out of Montreal.

    We need some grit, energy, and toughness. That is good for its own sake, but it may just help give our scoring forwards the boost they need when they are otherwise sluggish.

  55. Rad says:

    The love affair with Cunningworth is over. He led this team down the garden path to nowhere. Not only is he a woeful “in-game tactician,” he is just god-awful in everything else he does: his line combinations, his distribution of ice time, his line matchups, his oversight of the powerplay, his choice of shooters in shoot-outs, and so on. I could go on, but what’s the point. Next year we will have a new coach, and all we can do is hope he has more to offer than the current coach.

  56. rogieshan says:

    Cunneyworth has demonstrated to be a Martin disciple, favoring a defense-first system that very few on the team care to play under. The way he’s handling Eller is loathsome.

  57. smiler2729 says:

    Just a blip… Puke out the vegetarian badness and we’re back, baby

    __________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  58. durocher says:

    “Give me guys that are poor, smart, and hungry and no feelings.” – Gordon Gekko.

  59. 24 Cups says:

    “The dream is over
    What can I say?
    The dream is over
    Yesterday
    I was the dream weaver
    But now I’m reborn
    I was the Walrus
    But now I’m John
    And so dear friends
    You just have to carry on
    The dream is over.”

    (John Lennon)

  60. geo_habsgo says:

    The habs lost again and I was sad but I’m over it now. Apathy.
    I had a good night though. Watched the game then went to see Goon. You guys should check that movie out its a great film actually that completely nails the locker room environment of a hockey team and in a way is a real love affair to hockey. Thats all, I thought I’d share. Go on a cheapy Tuesday and support a good local boy in Jay Baruchel who works hard and never forgets about home!

  61. durocher says:

    -Trade our pending UFAs: Campoli, AK46, Moen, and Nokia
    -Buy-out our unproductive veterans: Gomez and Kaberle
    -Trade our soft D: Diaz and Weber
    -Make sure BG and PG have nothing ever to do with managing the Canadiens
    – Fire the coaching staff in its entirety even though RC is a good guy

  62. teamhab says:

    Sad sad days

  63. Kooch7800 says:

    I thought bouque and Nokelainen played well tonight. They were two of our better forwards.

  64. Timo says:

    Never have I cared less about this team. I hope it shows at the ticket master next september that fans are not going to take shite any more.

  65. Duracell3 says:

    I wouldn’t care if they lost every game really. Would be nice if we could give the DD line and a couple others a vacation so they don’t have to play with these losers though. This club is rich though, with cap room, why not sit Gomez, Kaberle, etc and play callup AHLers. At least they might want to be here. And we’d probably lose no more games than otherwise. Here’s to the sink to the bottom~

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXb4sDqs56I


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