It’s a word I learned watching movies and listening to my Italian friends.
It means “Enough!” – and the exclamation point is added because “Basta!” is usually shouted by someone who has about as much as he/she can take.
The generally agreed-upon facts:
In 2005, the Montreal Canadiens did not draft Anze Kopitar. They drafted Carey Price.
In 2007, the Canadiens did not billet Price with an older and more mature player, like the Penguins did with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. They let the future of the franchise live on his own, in Old Montreal.
This summer, the Canadiens traded Jaroslav Halak and kept Price. Then they signed their number one goaltender to an entirely sensible second pro contract, terms of which leave no hard feelings on either side of the deal.
Price will be under enormous pressure this season.
He’ll be playing in front of fans with vivid memories of the goaltender who took the Canadiens to the conference final last spring.
To start the season, Price will be playing behind a D lacking Andrei Markov.
These are the facts, of which we are all aware.
And this is the near-term future:
By the end of October, the Canadiens will have played 11 games.
If they are 2-9 and poor goaltending has been responsible for the losses, permission granted to rant about how the team should have drafted Kopitar or bunked Price in the rectory of Mary Queen of the World or kept Jaro or offered Price $1 million for one season.
But until then, all together now, good and loud: