"The Canadiens don’t have a first line. They have four fourth lines."
– Guy Lafleur on RDS
Ouch! The Flower, who is never a shrinking violet when it comes to full and frank comments on his alma mater, offered that stingiung assessment after Saturday’s embarrassing 3-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
And writing from Saint John, N.B., the city of my birth, Habs I/O fan Glenn Stanton is throwing in the towel:
That was a piss poor showing last Friday and Saturday. I’ve come to the conclusion this outfit doesn’t have enough “big guns”, or an elite player that can break a game open. Until they acquire or draft one, this team is going to keep spinning its wheels and be a shade above mediocre (if that) for the foreseeable future. I’ve had my hopes up for this team for the last few years only to see them play like crap for stretches and dash those hopes summarily. I tried to make it a priority to watch them and juggle my personal schedule around the broadcast nights. No more. If they are not interested in making an effort to compete at least on home ice, then neither will I. I’m tired of hearing the excuses, we should be trying harder or we have to be more responsible for our actions. Bullshit. Do it, don’t just talk about it. At one time the Canadiens were accused of ignoring the European talent pool. Well, I think they went to that source to often lately. They look good skating and stick handling around the perimeter of the offensive zone until they turn it over or shoot from 35 feet out. Big effin’ deal.
Tomorrow night, my youngest son and I are going to the Sea Dogs game. I will check the score when I get home (I won’t rush) and if they are still putting up goose eggs, see you later. The next two Saturdays I’m taking my wife out to our respective Christmas dinner and dances. I plan on doing other activities as they turn up instead of sitting in front of the TV and watching what used to be a franchise that prided itself on at least showing up every night, win or lose.
What do you think?
The floor is open for debate.