Can Canadiens trade Gomez?

Canadiens goaltender Price celebrates with teammates Gomez and Mara during their NHL hockey game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey speculates – and many fans certainly hope – that the Canadiens could try and find a taker for Scott Gomez among teams that must make the salary cap floor and are looking to add expensive contracts.

Hickey says the higher salary cap makes trading away Gomez a distinct possibility if Pierre Gauthier can find a taker – and mentions Colorado and Phoenix as possible destinations.

Muller headed to AHL as head coach: TSN

Rising salary cap sparks trading flury: Globe and Mail

Busy week ahead for Gauthier, La Presse reports

Radical realignment coming? Globe and Mail

492 Comments

  1. nunacanadien says:

    I agree Gomez has to go. But not before I have to say this. We don’t know the impact that Gomez has had in the dressing room with our rookies, or with Price. Until we know how he fits in then it would be a shame to let go the one man who may have helped the team become competitive by his leadership.

    I was looking throughout the playoff series and there were catch phrases from the likes of Subban who praised the role Gomez plays at one point if I recall.

    But throughout it was obvious to see Gomez played little in the cheering and leadership qualities. Perhaps that is the team. It did not work with Koivu to have a little hockey man lead the team.

    Maybe it is time that the Habs reconsider and whether Gomez has attracted and brought players of calibre, after all that is why we are paying the little man the biggest bucks here, or among the highest paid lowest scoring midgets on earth apart from the KHL.

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  2. Wayne says:

    The truth will out. I guess it’s a bassackward way of dumping salary while admitting he was dead-weight all along. Bye Gomer (I hope). Face it people, hockey’s for keeps and NOT for the faint of heart.

  3. Harry says:

    What a dumb idea. It ain’t going to happen….On the other hand , if Gomez has a good year…he is capable… Habs will do quite wel…if not , they are unlikely to make the playoffs..that is unless the cheap management adds some offensive star, but lets us be realistic…this management is in cheap mode

  4. Marvin says:

    Curious to know how many Inside/Out members are also Gazette subscribers? With the recent change in policy, it’s impossible to read any Gazette story unless you subscribe to the paper. I don’t think any other Cdn paper has gone this route.

  5. darcy1 says:

    this post should have been a reply…. removed
    ——————-
    ”If you’ve only got one day to live, come see the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’ll seem like forever. ” Pat Foley (Blackhawks broadcaster)

  6. ShyS says:

    I thought Gomez has a no-trade clause…I’m not too good with the contract types and rules, some enlightenment would be appreciated.

  7. ds says:

    A bit off topic but if Drury gets bought out by the Rangers, MTL should snap him up for a million $ and use him as their #1 checking center. He wins faceoffs and is good with the young players and should fit in nicely. This can take the pressure off Pleks so he can contribute more offensively.

    On top of that Drury is mr. clutch in the playoffs (17 gwg in 47 playoff goals). If Gomez starts stinking it up we also can rotate his role effectively with Drury and let Eller develop w/o pressure.

  8. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …at the time We took Gomez’ horrible contract from the Rangers …I choked
    …but, the situation at the time was We needed desperately a ‘culture’ change
    …whether Gomer was responsible for allowing Gionta and Camalleri to consider signing with Montreal, or not, is irrelevent (I believe Gomez’ signing WAS an influence, at least)
    …despite My own lung-collapse at the time, wondering how in-this-world will such an albatross contract hog-tie Our Habs in the future, the end result WAS, indeed, a New Culture of speed-to-burn, character and an exciting, promising product on the ice
    …and, THAT resulted in spite of a boring, stolid Head Coach and a mediocre Team ability to score as often as We may prefer
    …losing Gomez will also mean losing exceptional speed that scared the bejeebers out of our opponents (…whether He scored or not)
    …do We have anyone to replace what Gomez provides ? …no, I don’t think so …unless Pierre G. can pull off an exceptional acquisition of something on the scale of a Brad Richards
    …that, to Me, is the only current potential scenario of off-loading Mr. Gomez without hurting Our chances to make the playoffs and/or advance in the playoffs next season

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

    • ds says:

      The only players that can make a huge impact that would justify shedding Gomez’s contract are RFA’s Stamkos, Parise and Doughty. Somehow I doubt MTL is going to acquire any of them.

      • darcy1 says:

        why can’t we offer richards gomez’s money?

        ——————-
        ”If you’ve only got one day to live, come see the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’ll seem like forever. ” Pat Foley (Blackhawks broadcaster)

    • Shiloh says:

      Gainey made a monstrous error in acquiring Gomez – and most of us knew it at the time. He bailed out Sather and gave up a number 1 pick (McDonough) in the deal as well. Just a stupid move – and one which will plague us for at least a couple of years to come. To gauge how bad the deal was, imagine having Domenic Moore and $5 million in cap space last year instead of the non-performing Gomez. I don’t think the Bruins would be the champions.

  9. tron says:

    The situation with Gomez is pretty straightforward: At 7,5 M$ actual salary this year, his cap hit is not yet a bargain so forget about the cap floor situation. As was said at the end of the season, management prefers to work another year with Gomez and is crossing its fingers hoping he will have a much better year than last year. Talk about exchanging him to a cap floor team will make sense next year when his actual salary becomes way lower than the cap hit on his contract – of course pending the CBA is renegotiated keeping the current approach to calculating cap hits and establishing a cap floor.

    • darcy1 says:

      But if a team doesn’t believe the cap floor will change much in a new CBA, they would want to be proactive now – get him & pay the 7.5 this year, and once the salary drops in the final 2 years they get a great deal. Plus, if someone trades for him now, they are probably the only ones who want him, and can offer a a mid round pick (or less). Wait until next spring and there’s more teams interested in his services, which will make the price go up
      ——————-
      ”If you’ve only got one day to live, come see the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’ll seem like forever. ” Pat Foley (Blackhawks broadcaster)

  10. theflower says:

    While I sit here in sunny Ibiza, Spain the only hockey fan on the island, much less Habs fan hehe, I get to think about the beautiful beaches, naked women and of course the Habs. Honestly, Scott Gomez is a shell of the player he once was. I am not going to degrade the guy, but it is what it is. If we can move him, that would be wonderful! My only hope is that we make an effort to get the world class center we need to win the cup. Any ideas how we can make that happen? Adios from the beautiful island of Ibiza!

  11. TomNickle says:

    Water is wet(E9)

    Details to follow……

  12. Dwayne33 says:

    I can’t believe the amount of negativity and the immature comments on this site. There are so many people who are insulting Gomez because he had a bad year. Guess what, it happens. Wanting to trade him for a bag of ice or a “bag of burning poo” is ridiculous(i wish these childish comments were monitored and then deleted from this site). I love the Habs and I watch every game on tv, and I think Gomez is an important part of this team.His point production wasn’t up to par last year, but none of us on this site know why. Maybe he is playing injured, who knows!?! He is probably the best skater on the team, so lets not give up on him yet. If Gomez, Gionta, and Paxs have a full healthy year together, his point production should improve.
    Also, there are a lot of people who think athletes have no loyalty to their teams because come free agent time they go to another team. I think there should be more fans that show loyalty to their favorite team and not want to throw certain players under a bus because they are struggling. True fans stick with their team through thick and thin!

    • alright now im ambivalent about gomez, recognize his skillset and am unhappy with his contract but im not part of the whineathon that this place turns into in regards to our mexican friend, however,

      “I think there should be more fans that show loyalty to their favorite team and not want to throw certain players under a bus because they are struggling.”

      with this i would agree with, but not in regards to gomez, where was his loyalty when he signed with the rangers… talk to devils fans how they feel about loyalty?

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      Gimme a f’ing break. “a bad year” The guy has sucked for 4 seasons now. get a grip.

    • Gerry H says:

      The anti-Gomez frenzy is kind of amusing. From Day 1, Gainey made it clear that he was taking on a a ridiculous contract, with eyes wide open, because of the impact that this had on attracting Gionta and Cammalleri. Together with homegrown developing talent (hello PK, Carey, Tomas and Andrei), these guys now make up the core of a competitive team with a promising future. How often does a GM blow up an aging team and make it younger without taking a step or two backwards in short-term competitiveness? That’s what Gainey did two summers ago and Gomez was absolutely central to the whole process.

      Sure, he had an effin’ ‘orrible year in 2010/11. There is no statistical refuge from that massive disappointment. What kills me is the inferences some take from Gomez’ body language or facial expressions, to the effect that he is unconcerned by the stinker he laid down last season. Seriously? You think he enjoyed that? Is looking forward to four more years of the same?

      No one can know what Gomez will do next year, but it is a relatvely safe bet that he will do better than this last campaign. I would put it out there that I thinkthere is a greater risk of MaxPac failing to repeat what he accomplished last year than there is of Gomez repeating what he did. Meanwhile the core that was built around the trade that brought Gomez to Montreal promises to continue to improve and could be in the mix with the right tweaks and better luck on the injury front.

      • Dwayne33 says:

        great comment

      • LA Loyalist says:

        A safe bet? Are you serious? Don’t go to Vegas with your rent or your beer money.

        Gomez is a mercenary who cashed in with Rangers and then with us and has coasted since on what he did on Jersey a long time ago. That is mathematical fact, and we are reminded of it each time he waves his stick with one hand at somebody each time they blow by him.

        Gainey blew it, he blinked, he didn’t have the balls to actually blow up the team (I won’t comment on weather the team needed blowing up or this post would be 20 pages) for picks and kids, so he waffled and got us just enough to keep us in long-term mediocrity, which in the cap NHL is almost impossible to get out of. (and i love Gainey, but this one he blew).

        We are getting out of it, slowly. If we can get rid of Gomez even for nothing just freeing up the cap room, it will advance our progress by a year. Otherwise it will be 2-3 more years of frustration.

    • issie74 says:

      OMG a sensible post at last.

      NorthTOHab

    • gloveside says:

      Wow! Can I borrow your rose-coloured glasses? At what point during the last season did Gomez become, as you put it, “an important part of this team”? I can see that because of a few injuries and some general short-sightedness on the part of management, he was one of the few NHL-ready centres we had in the hopper and therefore had to be played, but he effectively ended up actually hurting the team many nights.

      To quote “TheCheckingLine Blog”:
      “.Seventy games. Seven goals, 27 assists, for a total of a meagre 34 points. A team worst -15 on the season, and 42 penalty minutes, second amongst the forwards, outside of the fighters. 48.8% in the faceoff circle, less hits than he has points and only 21 blocked shots. 18:31 of ice time per game, 3rd among forwards…But despite his multiple chances, his ever-growing ice time, the confidence instilled into him by the coach, Scott Gomez has not been able to get the job done. Not even remotely. And despite being a long time proponent of his, often making excuses for him based on the things that he has accomplished in his past, I’ve had enough, and I’m out of excuses.

      With only ten games left in the season [at this point Gomez really crapped the bed], and an arduous road ahead in the playoffs, time is just about out for Gomez to salvage his year. He isn’t going to start producing now, if he hasn’t done so already in 70 games. And while he could rebound next year, with a healthier line-up and hopefully some added depth up front, there is no amount of rebounding that he can do that would make up for the damage that he’s single-handedly managed to do to this team. The assets that the Canadiens have given up to acquire him, the $15 million in cap space that he’s wasted for this team, and the fact that no matter that his actual salary will continue going down until the end of his contract, as an aging forward who’s long passed the prime of his career, he will never have the capability to match the requirements of a seven million dollar forward.”

      Trading for him was a mistake that management will never own up to. If they can find a trading partner, PG/BG should not ask “For what?” but rather “How soon?”.

  13. BsFanforLife says:

    Unfortunately Ive been out of town and unable to take time to post but wanted to congratulate you guys on what looks like a pretty solid draft. Beaulieu was an absolute steal for you guys at 17. And with rumors that Gomez might be moving youll have even more cap room to play with than you have now. Looking forward to the season. Take care.

    • HalifaxHabs says:

      Hey look, it’s the one B’s fan who comes on this site who isn’t a complete (deleted)

      What’s up Bsfanforlife? Welcome back.

      • HardHabits says:

        Now that’s a not PC use of the word retard HH version 2.0.

        You can say, “Boston trolls have retarded the discussion.”

        You can even say, “Boston trolls have retarded discussions.” Although that one is pushing it.

        What you can’t say is, “Boston trolls are retards.”

        That would be an insult to ….. ah, never mind.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Thanks Bs,
      Hope you enjoyed your parade!
      (It’ll be us next…)

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  14. Timo says:

    Habs won’t re-sign Picard as per – http://www.rds.ca/canadien/

    How will we ever get by?

  15. Totally off topic but I’m sure HIO will forgive me.

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    Here is his profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19518832

    If you’re interested there’s contact information on the website. Thanks in advance HIO.

  16. habs03 says:

    Seems as though Eklund was right again, the guy battling average has went up recently.

  17. PeterD says:

    I think there may be a team out there that might want the Gomez cap hit. The Cap hit ($7.35M)…may be attractive to a couple of teams that may be in trouble reaching the Cap floor after re-signing any RFA’s and UFA’s they have in their stable…But I think Florida might be a god bet…Gomez has a high Cap but a lowish actual payout salary ($7.5, $5.5, $4.5 over the next 3 years) for the remainder of his contract…so with a “bounce-back” year for Gomez he could really help a low performing team.

    Of course with a $7.5 M actually salary this year we may have to throw in a couple of road kill players like Pouliot to get a team to take Gomez.

    I am not worried about Gomez leaving a hole when he leaves…HE WAS A HOLE ALL SEASON on his line last year. Let’s just get rid of him and pick up a competitive large power scoring forward on the UFA market (Laich would do) and if we can sign a UFA then go wiht the teams players we have in the system.

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Homerism at it’s best in the NP Sports section.

    http://t.co/yxC22jS

    Winnipeg gets an A+ for skipping Couturier for Scheifele.
    Toronto gets an A (Biggs is apparently the next Cam Neely)
    Calgary gets an A- for their draft, which isn’t exactly overwhelming.
    Oilers get an A- with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefblom and David Musil, because again, Toronto’s Tyler Biggs and their later picks are way better than these guys.
    Canucks were B- (and again over OTT because drafting the name Ludwig Blomstrand couts for a lot…)
    Montreal’s selection of Nathan Beaulieu was good, but everyone else taken will be horrible, so they’re a C+
    Ottawa was ranked dead last with a C- with Zibanejad, Puempel, Prince and Pagineau being four of their first five picks.

    So in other words, the writer couldn’t find amateur talent if he was standing next to the podium at the draft.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      LOL what a joke

    • TomNickle says:

      Ottawa is the funniest one there.

      They get a gigantic A+ from me. Puempel, Zibanejad and Prince. Oh yeah, and a 3rd round pick for a #6 overall selection that didn’t thrive in Columbus of all places.

    • ManApart says:

      Speaking of Homerism. You are one of the biggest Homers on here. It taints everything you say. I find it funny you detest that trait so much in others.

      • TomNickle says:

        Ha. Nevermind that he put in writing that he disliked almost everything about the Habs’ draft on the weekend.

        You’re too much.

        • ManApart says:

          I don’t know what he said about the draft, although if he didn’t love it, he’s finally seeing reality for once. In general the guy is as much a homer as Jack Edwards. If you don’t want to admit it, that’s fine, but it doesn’t change the fact that he is. It’s not a crime t be a homer, it’s just funny to criticize other homers, as he loves to do, when he is a grand champion homer himself.

          • well if you dont know what he said about the draft why did you jump on him in a post that discusses someone elses view of the draft?

            obviously to provoke

            also not knee jerk bashing the team in a tone that is abbrassive does not equal “homer”

            SF has done his part to fairly criticize the team for quite some time now

          • _Habsoloutly_ says:

            hey look, the idiot manapart has crawled out of his troll hole.

          • HardHabits says:

            _Habso_ made a funny

          • LA Loyalist says:

            Hey ManParts, aren’t we all Hab homers or we wouldn’t be here (excepting Trolls).

            Serious does actual research and watches actual development league games, which is more than most of us can do even if we wanted to. Also thanks to him we get lots of information about our prospects.

            I defend you a lot on this site (not that you need it) but I’ll defend Serious, also.

            Finally, I too wonder why we drafted 73 defencemen no one ever heard of… unless it’s just that JM refused to deal with any forwards. That wouldn’t have surprised me.

      • i take it you dont follow SF on twitter, research a little bit manapart before you come waffing in with bizzare claims

        • Mattyleg says:

          …but that’s his thing!
          He doesn’t do anything as well as that.

          And you want to try to take that away from him.

          For shame.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • ManApart says:

          I see you are in denial as much as ever. The guy is a homer and that’s just a fact. It is nice to see he’s starting to see things clearly for once (on the draft). Maybe there’s hope for him yet, as far as being able to have an objective conversation with him.

          • beyond these boards have you ever had a conversation with him?

            how am I in denial please, i would like to know?

          • ManApart says:

            No I haven’t. What does that have to do with anything? In regards to the Habs, he is a super homer. You’re not really in denial, because you know that, you just enjoy trying to take an obvious point and trying to debate it. I think you like the challenge or something.

          • “No I haven’t. What does that have to do with anything?”

            because you are very… verrry quick to judge, you write with absolutes like you have seriousfan figured out, which is why i asked, personally i dont judge people i know irl with that amount of certainty, just sain

            “In regards to the Habs, he is a super homer.”

            could you cite examples?

            “You’re not really in denial, because you know that, you just enjoy trying to take an obvious point and trying to debate it. I think you like the challenge or something.”

            ?

  19. Kooch7800 says:

    maybe long after July 1st someone will take Gomez to hit the cap floor but I am not optimistic. I think the only way he is leaving is through a buyout and really we don’t have anyone ready for his place. Eller is not ready. DD could use some more minutes and I think he could do well with them.

    This is just summer hockey talk. Gomez will be suited up with the habs next year

    • mbplekfan says:

      A buyout at this point would stick the habs with a cap hit of over 2 million for 6 years for no production. Not a smart move.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        would open on about 3.5 million to spend on someone else or more wiggle room to sign a decent forward. 7.5 m for a player who doesn’t get 40 points is worse.

        Gomez is crap but he is now our crap

  20. savethepuck says:

    Was the article above saying RFA’s have to be given offer sheets bt 5:00 today or 5:00 next Monday because it’s getting kind of close to that.

    “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

  21. mbplekfan says:

    Gomez is untradable because if he’s gone the Habs have no one who can step up and reliably fill in his minutes.

    Even if Gomez isnt scoring and is a minus player it could be a whole lot worse with DD or Eller trying to fill those minutes against the top lines from other teams. A DD lead 2nd line would be dead meat on the road with other coaches line matching. Same for Eller.

    Spacek is more likely to be moved but ask yourself why another GM would want to do Gauthier a favour rather than overpay some UFA for one year and leave the habs with their cap crunch.

    • mrhabby says:

      yes..i tend to agree but maybe there is a god out there and habs iam sure are thinking the same ..there is nobody. hence go out and find the elusive centre…not a great position to be in.

    • skoalbandit says:

      because his salary is 4.5 in the final year, with his cap hit staying at 7.3. this would help a team hit the salary floor for multiple years, without dishing out insane money.

    • SmartDog says:

      So Gomez’ lackluster play, poor back-checking, horrible offensive numbers, and -15 are the best we can do?

      What? This is the best we could do with $7 million? Do you LIKE abuse?

      Not only could DD do about as well (at least) but Eller was looking good toward the end of the year, and there are other more established guys at half Gomez’s cost who could do as well or better. Again, at a quarter to half his cost or LESS. Meaning you could put that money to strengthen another line.

      • The Habit says:

        I think everyone, including Gomez would agree that he isn’t earning the money he is getting paid. I think we are better off sticking with Gomez this season and I doubt we could get anybody better to replace him this season. If we could trade him and get Brad Richards that would be great- but it isnt going to happen. There are very few first line centremen available. I find that he carries the play and establishes the zone better than most and is a team player.
        I believe he will play better this season and next.

      • mrhabby says:

        no disagreement on the cost is less issue, i just don’t think those players have enough of what it takes to be a top line centre yet. maybe they can find that player but don’t get ur hopes up. i think they are looking for a bounce back year from Gomer but hey strange things happen.

        • SmartDog says:

          And Scott Gomez has what it takes to be a top line center? Give it to the young guys and let them get better with experience. Gomer is only getting worse and he’s headlocked the team’s finances at the same time.

          But seriously: are you saying you would NOT trade Gomez if you could because of the void he would leave on the team??

    • ManApart says:

      I don’t think DD would do any worse than Gomez did last season. And he’ll do it at like 1/8 th the cost. It’s not like losing Gomez and replacing him hurts our Cup chances. I mean the team isn’t a contender anyways, so might as well stick DD in there for now and use the Gomez money to get some big, tough wingers to insulate him.

  22. mrhabby says:

    eklund…(e5) for what is worth..Bieksa resigns with Vancouver Canucks.

    • HalifaxHabs says:

      it’s not worth anything. Eklund has no sources, he just makes stuff up, or re-posts information that he read on other blogs and says his sources told him.

      • mdp2011 says:

        Well Bob Mckenzie just twitted that it is a done deal, so it looks like eklund finally got one right.

        • HalifaxHabs says:

          LOL, just because he said something would happen and it did doesn’t mean he has any sources.

          He scoures other sites & blogs, and reports their information as if an inside source called him and told him.

          Understand now? If not google “the truth about Eklund” and read or yourself.

          • mdp2011 says:

            I know Eklund is a fraud, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Just pointing out that maybe, just maybe, this once, he might have actually got the scoop before the mainstream media.

        • ManApart says:

          LOL, Gillis was taliking about how progress was being made with Bieksa’s agent on draft day, and how he was fairly certain a deal would get done soon. Not too much of a stretch to guess he resigns with them.

          How’s this one? My sources tell me Gorges signs before Friday E(5)

      • mrhabby says:

        i guess eklund was right..lol.

  23. Simple answer to this question is “NO”
    Who would want to pick up Gomez’s contract? Perhaps, Winnipeg could TRY to acquire Gomez to re-established their return to the NHL with a marquee player.

    And what if you trade Gomez for next to nothing and he breaks out next season with career high numbers?

    Leave Scotty alone and let him play. You all just may be surprised in his play next season.

    READ, RESEARCH AND WRITE ARTICLES ONLINE
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    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      Wow, you actually wrote this:

      ” Perhaps, Winnipeg could TRY to acquire Gomez to re-established their return to the NHL with a marquee player.”

      Gomez a marquee player huh? wow, just when I think I’ve seen the craziest post ever here

      • TomNickle says:

        He’s no Santorelli, HAHA.

        • _Habsoloutly_ says:

          Gomez is a 7 goal scorer. Santorelli is a 20 goal scorer. So ya, Gomez isn’t Santorelli. Santorelli is a 25 year old 6′ – 190lb Canadian kid who hits and scores, Gomez is useless piece of garbage that doesn’t hit, doesn’t back-check, doesn’t win faceoffs, doesn’t score and sits on the bench and laughs when our team is getting the shit kicked out them. The only thing Gomez is good at is cashing his checks while he keeps a straight face.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        I was thinking the same thing

    • Mattyleg says:

      RR,
      If you read what is written, then you’ll realize that Gomez’s big contract is exactly what makes him palatable… some teams are struggling to make the salarial minimum. If they are under, they are heavily penalized.

      These teams need big contracts, and will give good value in trades.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  24. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I’m not sure why so many people are convinced that Muller is ready to be a head coach in the NHL. As we have just seen, apparently no one in the league including the man himself seems to think so. Didn’t Tremblay, Carbonneau teach us anything? Coaches and players need some time to develop, out of the intense spotlight that is Montreal. Besides, Jack Martin didn’t do too badly considering the important tools missing from his box. Hard to believe anyone would consider handing the reins to an unproven, even if promising, rookie.

    • Ron in Ottawa says:

      You’ve got to be kidding. JM has been a loser everywhere he has worked as head coach. in Ottawa he simply could not work with young talent like Spezza. in Florida- well Florida speaks for itself. And here in Montreal- you forget that it was Muller who rallied the troups when they were down to Washington two years ago. Maybe Muller is not quite ready but I fear the language police will always cast the deciding vote in Montreal. Too bad.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Ronnie,
        You’re all over the map here.
        For your information, there are 23 “losers” in this league. Only 7 have won the Cup. Does that make them bad coaches? No, it does not.

        Florida, in speaking for itself, says “I’m a small-market team that never had any significant talent-base. Apart from Luongo and Jokkinen, I never had a chance. Scotty Bowman couldn’t have got us any higher.”

        Gimme a break. “Loser” coaches. Pffft.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • arya13 says:

          When did Miami become a small market? I thought the whole reason we were there is because we needed more big market cities to boost TV ratings.

          MaxPac will raise 2 Stanley Cups in his career to show Chara that his is worth nothing.

        • Sean Bonjovi says:

          Jacques Martin had a winning record with the Panthers.

          * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

      • Ian Cobb says:

        You know that in Quebec the attitude is changing big time, mostly from the younger people.

        With the new world of instant global communication, the young of Quebec now understand what their parents did not. It is a shrinking world.

        To keep up to today’s technology, you need the English language. To communicate in both languages is great. But to be locked into French only, leaves you far behind.

        • Ian Cobb says:

          I do not know how this got here? It was supposed to be part of the Kirk Mullur head coach in Mtl.debate. Language etc.

        • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

          Save that globalist crap.
          I get what you’re saying, but it’s really only an issue when people like you keep saying that everyone NEEDS english because thats the language of commerce. When the language of of commerce becomes Mandarin, will you be so quick to have your kids and grandkids give up english? As far as keeping up with technology, I really have no idea why you would need to speak english when the most tech savvy people in the world, the ones who come up with and use these products, do not. This attitude is truly based on a sense of cultural superiority or out of convenience since you are a speaker of the majority language. FYI though, French is still one of the top languages in the world. See UN, WTO, G8, NATO, EU………………….

          Another point, while the anglos can whine and slander the language movement in Quebec and what it has done to the economy, the fact is that the economic condition of the average francophone is greatly improved from the time before the Quiet Revolution. So ya got a tough case to sell telling anyone it was the wrong thing to do.

  25. TomNickle says:

    No qualifying offer for Picard today per Renaud Lavoie on Twitter.


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