I bailed on L’Antichambre when the sports psychologist came on.
Fans may be in dire need of therapy and psychotropic meds to deal with the 2011-’12 season.
But who needs a shrink to explain why the Canadiens suck?
They are in 14th place because when you compare your Montreal Canadiens to the 13 teams that are ahead of them in the Eastern Conference, they just aren’t very good.
Those wins over Toronto and Detroit heading into the All-Star break?
Hit it, Smokey!
The miracle playoff run that we envisaged was just a mirage.
The Canadiens’ season will end on April 7, when the Leafs visit the Bell Centre. If the planets are aligned correctly, they will have a chance to knock Toronto out of playoff contention.
That will give us something to talk about while waiting for a lottery draft pick and UFA action on July 1.
Look, I’ll cop to being an emotional bandwagon jumper. Watching this team school Detroit, I thought “Yeah, if they play like this maybe they’ll win two out of three the rest of the way, sneak into the postseason and then, who knows?”
Hit it, John:
I should have known better … we all should have known better because we’ve watched this team struggle since training camp.
And while the Canadiens stumbled out of the gate, losing seven of their first eight starts, we’ve had to wait until Game 51 to see the play that exemplifies this miserable season.
Down 4-3, Carey Price on the bench, less than a minute to go and Tomas Kaberle shoots a long dump-in from the Canadiens’ side of centre ice.
Kaberle: Two more seasons, at $4.25 million and $4.5 million.
The Canadiens’ highest-paid forward hasn’t scored in 363 days.
The highest-paid defenceman hasn’t played a game this season.
The injured Captain has two more seasons at $5 million.
Tomas Plekanec has four more seasons at $5 million per … to kill penalties and centre Scott Gomez.
Louis Leblanc, a RW in Hamilton, played centre in New Jersey … for 9:29.
The Canadiens are a one-line hockey team, and it’s scary to think where they would be without Erik Cole, Max Pacioretty and an undersized, undrafted centre who’s making 10 per cent of Scott Gomez’s salary this season.
Not many people would have predicted 100 NHL games – and counting – for wee David Desharnais. Along with Josh Gorges and Mathieu Darche, DD is a poster boy for overachievement.
Let’s pray Canadiens’ scouts can find a couple more like him, because the team as currently constituted …
Six times, the Canadiens have lost games in which they held two-goal leads.
This suggests fragile confidence, yes, but all the confidence in the world can’t camouflage the team’s fundamental weaknesses.
The Canadiens don’t have a number-one centre with size.
They don’t have a David Clarkson, a rock ’em/sock ’em gouy who’s gonna kick ass and, in Clarkson’s case, score 19 goals in 50 games.
They don’t have the kind of energetic fourth line that will rattle the boards, unnerve the opposition and change the momentum of a game.
So it’s obvious the Canadiens will be sellers at the trade deadline, and the buzz around Montreal over the next couple of weeks will be speculation about who goes.
Here are my untouchables: Carey Price, the DD line, P.K. Subban, Lars Eller, Alexei Emelin and Louis Leblanc.
Dumping Mike Cammalleri’s $6-million salary was a big help. But Gomez, Kaberle and Gionta will be impossible to move.
Plekanec, Kostitsyn and Weber packaged to get a Jeff Carter or Ryan Getzlaf?
Hey, I’m too tired and disappointed to start channeling Eklund here.
All I know is the Bell Centre will be a very quiet place this spring.
Hit it, Jim: