Gomez cops to bad season

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

By RANDY PHILLIPS (Photo by Mike Cassese/Reuters)

On a day of reflection on a season that was and what might have been, no one looked harder in the mirror than Scott Gomez.

The veteran centre admitted he “had a terrible year” and publicly apologized as the Canadiens met for the last time this season less than 24 hours after a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal Wednesday night in Boston.

“I’m the first to admit, the first one to say it, I was awful and I let the guys down,” Gomez said Thursday at the team’s training centre in Brossard.

“There’s no one more embarrassed than me,” added Gomez, who had only seven goals and 31 assists for a career-low 38 points in 80 regular-season games and was minus-15. “I had a terrible year … and I’m sorry … I let the guys down.”

Gomez had four assists in the seven playoff games and was minus-6.

The Canadiens acquired Gomez in a trade with the New York Rangers on June 20, 2009, along with Tom Pyatt and Michael Buston, in exchange for Christopher Higgins, Doug Janik, Ryan McDonagh and Paval Valentenko. Two years earlier, the Rangers signed Gomez as a free agent to a seven-year, $51.1-million U.S. contract, the majority of which the Canadiens are paying

Gomez had 12 goals and 47 assists in 78 games in 2009-10, his first season with the Canadiens.

Maligned as he was for his poor performance this season and given his own level of frustration, Gomez more than anything wants to stay with the Canadiens. The 31-year-old earned $8 million this season and is due to earn $7.5 million next season, $5.5 million in 2012-13 and $4.5 million in 2013-2014. Those numbers make it difficult to trade him.

But Gomez sees staying in Montreal as an opportunity to make amends.

“Of course,” the Alaska native said when asked if wanted to stay here. “I don’t want to leave. It’s a special place for hockey. Playing in Montreal is a unique experience. I love the organization and especially the guys in the room. I believe this team can win, and that’s the most important thing.

“It’s not me. I don’t get up and just run away from things,” he added. “I take full responsibility (for how I played), but I’m not going to say I want to leave.

“The most positive thought I have about this team is what a great group, and if I had pulled my weight, who knows? I didn’t. I’ll be the first to look my teammates in the eye and say it. If I’m pulling my weight, it’s a different story.

“It won’t happen again. It can’t,” he continued. “I don’t want to give you (stats), but it just won’t. It’s over.”

Left-winger Michael Cammalleri ended up leading the National Hockey League in scoring after the first round of the playoffs, with three goals and seven assists for 10 points. He was second in team scoring during the regular season with 19-28-47 totals in 67 games. Tomas Plekanec was the leading scorer with 22-35-57 totals in 77 games.

Cammalleri said that as disappointing as the first-round playoff loss was, Thursday was a day to turn the page and look to next season.

“It is what it is,” Cammalleri said. “The season’s over … you just kinda start to reflect. The weird thing about coming in today, the teammates part of it, you kinda look at each other and realize you shared a lot of good times and earned a lot of respect for one another, going through some hard games.

“You’re going to miss that camaraderie and you wish you could put the pads back on and go at it.”

Canadiens management – in particular executive vice-president and GM Pierre Gauthier – has some tough decisions to make during the offseason, faced with nine unrestricted free agents. Among them are six defencemen, including Andrei Markov, Hal Gill and Roman Hamrlik. There are also nine restricted free agents, led by forward Andrei Kostitsyn and defenceman Josh Gorges. Despite so many question marks, Cammalleri believes the organization’s best days are ahead.

“It’s really bright,” he said of the team’s future. “We’re excited about the people we have involved and the way we’re going as a group. It’s only the second year here for a lot of us with the coaching staff, and there’s become a real familiarity and a trust factor that way. So I’m really excited about our future, for sure.”

Cammalleri declined an invitation to continue playing this season with Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship, which starts Friday in Slovakia with Canada playing Belarus (2 p.m., TSN, RDS). Instead, the 28-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native plans to spend the next couple of months getting his body and mind “relaxed and resolved” after a tough year and hopefully avoid missing games because of injury next season.

Plekanec is headed to Slovakia to join the Czech national team “because I have nothing better to do right now.” But Hamrlik won’t be tagging along with his teammate for fear of getting injured.

“If I go get hurt, who’s going to sign me here?” said Hamrlik, who turned 37 on April 12. “Probably they would say: ‘Okay, stay there.’ But I’ve felt healthy all season, I felt good and I just hope they’re going to sign me here.”

Captain Brian Gionta said the team showed a lot of positives in the series against Boston and throughout the regular season. He also noted the team had to deal with injuries to key players, yet never used that as an excuse. He singled out several of the young players who seized their opportunity, in particular Subban, goalie Carey Price and Lars Eller.

“You see the maturity that happened this year. That’s definitively a positive,” Gionta said. “The way Price played and P.K. grew a lot and played extremely well for us. You’ve got Whitey (Ryan White) and (David) Desharnais … a lot of young guys who played extremely well for us. I think the next step for this organization is to make sure that we foster that.”

Players attended exit meetings with the staff throughout the day, getting postseason medicals and offseason training programs, before meeting reporters and then going their separate ways.

Defenceman James Wisniewski did not take part because of a death in his family. Neither did White, who was assigned to the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs, who are still in the playoffs. Forward Benoit Pouliot, a healthy scratch for four of the playoff games, decided he didn’t want to face the media.

Most of those who did speak to the media heaped praise on Price, who played 72 regular-season games, and the transformation the 23-year-old made from a year ago when he was relegated to backup duty behind Jaroslav Halak.

“What Carey Price did this season was fall in love with this team again and with this group of guys, and he had a great time doing it,” Cammalleri said. “We had a tremendous amount of confidence in him, and it’s a great situation to be in to have a goalie fully engaged and in love with his team the way he is and play the way he has.”

Subban was singled out for carrying an even bigger load than expected, but he said the reason for any success he enjoyed was the confidence his teammates instilled in him.

“I had a lot of help from my teammates,” Subban said. “I had a great defensive partner all year, Hal Gill. A great mentor, he taught me a lot of things on and off the ice, and if I can take the majority of the knowledge that he passed down to me into next year, than I’ll be a much better hockey player.”

Subban was asked to join Team Canada for the world championship, but reluctantly was forced to decline because of what he said were “some bumps and bruises,” without elaborating. It’s believed he aggravated a shoulder injury in Game 7 and further medical examination is expected.

Subban, who turns 22 on May 13, was asked about comments made by Bruins goalie Tim Thomas earlier Thursday in Boston, saying Subban was “a travesty to the game” by diving to attempt to draw a penalty on Gregory Campbell in Game 7.

“Everyone has their own opinion,” Subban said. “I’m just happy today that we can talk about the Montreal Canadiens and what we’re going to be doing in the future.

“We had a great year and I’d just rather reflect on how our season has gone and the great amount of hockey we played the last seven games.”

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    I think the fact that Gomez owned up to his truly crap-tastic season has earned him some respect (or at least it should). He’s un-tradeable, at least he seems to be well liked in the room, and I’ll bet he puts up at least 60 points next season.

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  9. Nahlsy says:

    Gomez moves to the third line, and stays with Gio and Moen there as a checking line. Eller and Wolverine get paired up on the second line. Money saved by letting Markov go since PK is now the straw that stirs the drink on this blueline heads toward finding a line mate with some serious offensive gifts to put with Eller and Wolverine (Brad Richards anyone?) Oh hell ya!

  10. Jdub1985 says:

    We are stuck with the gomer – like it or not…

    Are only hope is for some magical reason he becomes what he’s suppose to be … until october nothing left to talk about

  11. Jdub1985 says:

    “If I go get hurt, who’s going to sign me here?” said Hamrlik, who turned 37 on April 12. “Probably they would say: ‘Okay, stay there.’ But I’ve felt healthy all season, I felt good and I just hope they’re going to sign me here.”

    negative … or by “here” – the Hamilton Bulldogs.

  12. FinnHabs says:

    So, I’m definitely part of the group that thinks Gomez has to go, but I’m also a realist and just don’t think that there’s anyone out there crazy enough to take him and pay him what his contract demands. Are we stuck with him then until the end of the 13/14 season?

    I hate to even think about this option, but what are the rules/possibility on pairing him up with another player and trying to make the package more attractive for any possible takers?

    We’d have to give up and lose one of our top players (which would hurt on the ice and in our hearts), but also free up enough cap space to go and pay 2-3 three quality players to come here.

    I guess the question would then just be who to pair him up with and I hate to even think about who we’d have to give up for someone to take him. We’d have to give up a lot, I know.

    Am I way off with this thought? What do you guys think?

    I’m just a desperate Finnish Habs fan hoping for a Koivu return and Selanne pick up : )
    Hey, Pitkanen is a UFA also : )

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  16. habsfan0 says:

    Scott Gomez feels so badly about his terrible season that he’s agreed to cut his salary in half to free up cap space for management so they can lure a top notch big power forward to Montreal.

    In other news, Gilles Duceppe has announced that he has turned over a new leaf, that he in fact is now a staunch federalist, and encourages all Quebecers to vote NDP on Monday.

  17. bwoar says:

    Just in passing guys, the Scott Gomez-MJ thing was entirely made up for my own entertainment. It was a terrible joke. I’m the first to admit, the first one to say it, I was awful and I let you guys down. There’s no one more embarrassed than me.

  18. nek25plus says:

    I for one am proud of Scott Gomez, perhaps his points weren’t there this year but he at least he owned it. Something other high paid centres on our team should do.

    Thanks for a great year!

    • LA Loyalist says:

      It must be great to have such low standards.

      You probably think a Volkswagen is a Porsche.
      You probably drink American beer.
      You probably date girls from Boston.

      Nothing personal, but come on, raise your personal bar a little.

      FYI, our other centers were fine and Plex earned his crust. Eller is just a kid, he’s learning.

      • dhenry1234 says:

        Just imagine where this team would be if we did not aquire gomez. People tend to forget that he was a big reason why we signed our captain and why we signed Cammalleri. We would probably still have koivu and kovy. (not that koivu is bad in any way. And yeah I`m sure someone will say “Oh his year was much better than gomez’s”)

        I bet Gomez BRINGS IT next season. I bet this whole team will bring it. And will be even better when we sign some new UFA’s with some heart, experience, cup rings, and integrity.

        • kazmojo says:

          Your facts are a little mixed up. The only outgoing UFA’s Gainey tried to resign were Kovy and Komisarek. Gionta was the backup plan for a 1st line RW, and signed to a virtually identical deal offered Kovy.

          Cammalleri is a LW, and was brought in to replace Tanguay, the outgoing LW on the 1st line. And Gomez was brought in to be the #1 center to replace Koivu.

  19. J_P says:

    THomas called subban a travesty to the game?

    What about Chara diving on the eller cross check in the first? Guy went down like he got shot!

    What about ference targetting the head of halpern, a player who suffered a concussion this year, away from the play? Or boychuk trying to do the same thing to halpern by trying to check his head into the stanchion?

    What about ference giving the finger to habs fans?

    What about Chara almost killing Paccioretty out of rage?

    There’s plenty of travesties to the game in his own locker room that are far worse than anything PK has done all year.

    • kerwin117 says:

      It is not the players that are the travesty, it is the league and the ref’s. I ref and I can’t believe how the refs look like puppets on a string. So for others players in the same assoc. to bad mouth other players that is the travesity. Fans want to see the changes enforced and since the head hit and hit from behind was to be enforced the league is turning into a joke. Set the rules and enforce the calls and the penalties. Treat all penalities with the same rules. Don’t suspend some players and allow others to play.
      If we can lead by example in the OMHA then follow suit in the NHL. Every fan loves great hits and great plays , but now we are seeing terrible hits and no calls.
      The NHL need to get ready to enforce the chnages next year from the start.
      If players are diving make the call and they will go away. But NO the refs let them go.

      Loyal Fan

    • doogie says:

      Amen brother! What did we expect from such a classless organization.

      Just think, 3 suspension incidents and all 3 were excused by the NHL- Chara, Lucic and Ference. Turn the tables and all 3 Hab players would have been suspended.

    • eric says:

      TT’s mouth is a travesty to the game.

      • original6 says:

        Really? Or is this just more we can do wrong, aqnd they are goons blather? I thought so. You werent embarassed when PK looked around, held the stick, then flung himself to the ice? Bad for PK, bad for the organizations fans whom spend so much time complaining with home team blinders on,(thats you) and bad for hockey. Its out of control, I mean Hamrlik sqirming on the ice for effect was not only embarrassing, but goal costly. The truth will set you free. You didnt lose because the B’s are bullies, or Max being injured, or any of it. You didnt have the offense, and your defense was a little weak. Goal tending was great. You barely lost to a team that doesnt have enough offense, and poor special teams. Get over it, you focus on individuals and wish them ARRESTED? when the bigger picture eludes you. Watch Vancouver and learn, and stop blaming all your ills on the B’s.
        Here you go: Max P. took a legal hit for a very unfortunate accident. Maybe little guys should not aim for a rock and a hard place, particularly if they are as gifted and quick as Max. Ference did nothing wrong, Lucic did nothing wrong. The rest of the league thinks you are buffoons for trying to prosecute Chara. Its a waste of time, and sour grapes. Where was your indignation when Savard had his career ended? (crickets chirping)

  20. eric says:

    Apparently there is a one time penalty free buy out clause in the CBA that a team can use if they wish. Read this in the Calgary sun the other day

  21. RockinRey says:

    You cant “pop” a separated shoulder back in. It is separated. The ligament is torn.

    He likely dislocated the shoulder in which case he could have “popped” it back in as you say.

  22. MathMan says:

    Gomez was not nearly as bad as advertised, but couldn’t buy a bounce all year. Of course, he’s the designated scapegoat, so at this point it’s become entirely impossible to have a rational discussion about him (some people even complain about his endless penalties when he’s objectively one of the most disciplined players in the NHL). So I won’t go over things again.

    But he’s a mortal lock to get more points next year, which is how most people will evaluate him. No doubt we’ll have stories about his turnaround, especially if he goes on a hot streak to start the season. Whether he actually plays better hockey is a different question, but he will provide the Habs with an important role playing tough top-6 minutes.

    Gomez will not be sent down to the minors, and the Habs will not try to trade him. Quite beyond the point that I think the org rates him higher than the peanut gallery does, the simple fact remains that he fills a role that nobody in the team can currently fill — and outside of Brad Richards, who someone is going to overpay as much as Gomez, no one on the UFA market can do it either. Gainey went and got Gomez because centers of this caliber are crucial, but difficult to find. That problem is still there.

    Eller will grow into Gomez’s role (that’s why they went and got him), so I wouldn’t expect to see Gomez last more than 1 or 2 more years with the Habs, but he will be a Hab come next October.

    • habsfaninboston says:

      Agree.

    • petefleet says:

      I think you have a very strange way of rationalizing overpaying Gomer. Never the less, you may be right. You may also be completely wrong. I think the Habs should dispose of Gomer ASAP in whatever manner it takes. There are more than enough mentors on the team to fill in for him. It should be difficult for a guy like Gomer to look across the room at a guy like Darche andstill hold his head up after each painful game he played this year. He should, however, have tried to emulate the top centre on the team, Pleks, which sadly he did not.
      And the bit about finding centres of his calibre, 35-40 pt guys are a dime a dozen. You could even find one that hits, takes a hit and drives to the net; all for about 1.5 to 2 million. A first or second line centre he isn’t and hasn’t been for at least 3 seasons. Why would season 4 be any different?

      ***Habs Forever***

      • MathMan says:

        Gomez is absolutely overpaid. But the Habs’ options are overpay Gomez or ice a noncompetitive club. So they’ll overpay Gomez.

        And this is a decision they made when they traded for him in the first place. They haven’t gotten a new option yet, but Eller will become that option in a year or two.

        • olematelot says:

          I look for Gomez to have a bounce back season next year, the guy has the skills, he just has to get his head in the right place, I would imagine his confidence is pretty low right now. Remember when Pleks had that horrible season 2 years ago, he turned it around, so will Gomez

    • bwoar says:

      This is the result when you rely on esoterica to evaluate hockey players. Sorry MM. You know I like your style, man. But like I’ve asked before, “when?” As in, “when will this miraculous run of Scott Gomez’s bad luck come to an end and the awesome rebound the numbers say he is due for come to pass?”

      Gomez says next year. But he’s said a lot of things all year. He is a just as likely a mortal lock for playing the 3rd line by Xmas with 15 measly points. It is the easiest thing in the world for him to do a mea culpa right now. He did at least one during the season. And yet he managed to be pretty bad all year.

      I’d be much happier if he could point to one thing: a nagging injury, poor conditioning, his obvious marijuana habit…. something that caused the worst season in his career. But he’s not saying.

      Yes, the Vegas odds would be favorable for bounce-back. Your own numbers certainly would indicate that too. Hopefully management aren’t betting too much on that though. You’re 100% right about him staying with the team, he is untradeable and they only send discipline problems to Hamilton. I just don’t see how anyone can take this mess with a straight face at this point and say, “don’t worry, it’ll be better next year.” It’s beginning to sound like battered wife syndrome. ‘Couldn’t buy a bounce’ is a poor excuse when you spend the year with Gionta on the wing. They finally had to take Pacioretty off the top line (where he was tearing it up and deserved to be) to serve as a crutch for Gomez. Meanwhile both Eller and DD played better hockey in the playoffs.

      When the youngest guys play better in the post-season, that’s where I tune out on the veteran who didn’t show up. I was patient most of the year, I only ever change my player evaluations after a playoff; now the results are in and the guy is just not a worthwhile #2 center. It was a mistake to bring him in, period.

      If anyone in the hockey world thinks Gomez will get 60 points next year, I hope it’s a GM with PG on speed dial.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Obvious marijuana habit? Dude, I am arguably the biggest Gomez basher on HIO, but you shouldn’t toss that out here without some back-up (or is it well known and I’m just clueless being here in LA?)

        As to his apology, it’s impossible to know, without knowing the guy and being in the room if he is sincere or just trying to mend his fences.

        Want to prove remorse, Scott? Renegotiate your contract, same money over more years (I’m not asking you to give up a nickel), so we have a little cap room to manouver.

        Also, give back #11 and go out on the ice next year and earn it.

        Don’t give it to someone else, put it on a shelf, and go out and earn it. When you can look Kirk Muller and Saku Koivu in the eyes, then you can have it back.

        Talk is cheap. And this is Montreal. Start bleeding bleu, blanc, rouge.

        • bwoar says:

          OBVIOUS MARIJUANA HABIT. The guy had actual joints falling out of his pockets at the airport returning after Game 2, the person who was scanning him actually pocketed one and texted me odds for Game 3.

          Why else do you think he is unwilling to pinpoint his problems this year? It’s not like he can come out and say, “yeah, I went hard on the chronic to stay loose after a bad start, and it just kinda took over.” Everyone in mgmt. knows the score, and it’s management who most of all wants to keep this under the rug.

          p.s. you can’t renegotiate contracts like that, CBA says no.

          • LA Loyalist says:

            Wow. If that is true it explains a lot. Is there not a morals clause in his contract that would enable the team to get out of his deal? Or would he have to get arrested? What is Quebec law these days? In California it’s about the same as a traffic ticket for personal quantities, a misdemeanor.

            If he wants to smoke dope in the summer, hey, that’s his business. But how the hell can you smoke during the season, what with the whole ice and skating and flying pucks and checking stuff going on.

            Yikes, though it kind of explains his mea culpa in a weird way. What do you guys think?

            P.S. You guys are right about the CBA. Too bad.

          • MathMan says:

            What I think is that it’s a load of crap, much like the senseless rumors that flew around about Price and the Kostitsyns in recent years.

          • olematelot says:

            If this is true which I highly doubt as long as he wasn’t smoking it before he played then it shouldn’t have affected his performance

        • RGM says:

          “Want to prove remorse, Scott? Renegotiate your contract, same money over more years (I’m not asking you to give up a nickel), so we have a little cap room to manouver”

          I wonder how many times you and others have to be told that renegotiating contracts isn’t permitted by the CBA.

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          • olematelot says:

            You’ve mentioned this before and have been told before that the CBA forbids the renegotiation of contacts, is that hard to understand?

        • slapshot777 says:

          With regards to renegotiating his contract, I believe that it is not allowed under the CBA. I thing if it was he case we would see a lot of teams doing that with high priced players so that they could comfortably always work under the salary cap.

          To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

      • TINMAN17 says:

        Well, get that MoFo some good grass so he plays better, what have you guys in Canada been hooking him up with Mexican brickweed. Obviously, you don’t want him blazing wheelchair weed an hour before the game, but just a poke or two of the chronic to focus is ok. Square that guy away, and for Chrissakes, stop letting him share with Pouliot, he obviously can’t handle it and it just results in weak ankles, braincramps and panic attacks! No shit, though, on looks alone I say Sopel and AK46 are stoners for sure, maybe even scripts, just saying, I see it a lot in construction, especially pills. Just the eyes alone, don’t sue me, just saying is all.

        Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

    • mjames says:

      In all serious just exactly what is that (Gomez”s) role. I truly believe if this team wants to reach a higher level it cannot afford to carry an $8mm contract that contributes little in terms of points. It needs the $8mm to produce something.

      mjames

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  24. HabinBurlington says:

    So I actually believe Scott Gomez in what he said. Problem is, I also believe he won’t be any better. Having said that, I don’t think PG has the stones to go to Molson and say guess what, we are going to have a new #1 (or 2nd/3rd) centre in Hamilton making 7.5 million.

    And for all the people that keep writing he should give back money, HE CAN”T, under CBA rules his contract is written in Sather’s blood, sealed by BG, blessed by PG.

    I just hope the guys spends the summer in a gym working out and practising one timers and slapshots. I also hope that the return of Max-Pac with Gio and Gomer can be effective.

    Cammy and Plex have to be rewarded with a big strong forward on their line next year not named Travis or Mathieu. Brooks Laich may be a fit, but he is a center.

    Eller needs to remain with AK (assuming they resign) and i think Ryan White.

    4th Line can be Moen, DD, and another new rugged forward, no offense to Darche but i think he just rotates in for injuries.

    The Defence is a crapshoot, all starts with how PG is going to deal with Markov.

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  26. Captain aHab says:

    I want to give Gomez one last shot with Gionta and Pax next year on a very short leash. If he is sincere and comes back to play, then no issues. If he comes back indifferent, it’ll be time for 4th line duty or, if the Molsons stomach it, ship him down to Hamilton.

    Here’s what I think: Gomez really does like the camaraderie and lifestyle of an NHL player. He now sees that there is a looming possibility that he might be sent to the AHL and I’m pretty sure he sincerely wants no part of that but he knows he’s close to totally untradeable. It’s one thing to be sent to Florida to play for the Panthers, but it’s quite another to bus it with the boys in Hamilton.

    Now we’ll see how much of a man he is. PG should take him for a walk.

  27. DarthWade says:

    One thing that really stuck out for me about Gomez this year is that he was often shown laughing away on the bench when the team was losing. The guy doesn’t have to be serious all the time, but when your team is losing terribly you would think a little bit of pride would make him at least a little pissed off. Can you imagine Richard, Lafleur, any of the real greats, laughing like that?

    For those who say the pressure will be off next season, that’s wrong. The pressure will be even worse. We’ve had two years with him now and people will be watching him like a hawk.

    I hope he improves, but I doubt he will. The guy has had 2 years already.

    • stevieray says:

      I say that also ..many times ..it pissed me off .. what I don’t get is why he wasn’t taken to task about it by some of the “veterens’
      I just think the guy got a free ride all year ..by his teamates,by the press, by the fans and by management …
      no wonder he’s laughing on the bench !! I remember when he first signed ..he was going to learn french …how’s that coming Gomez ??
      I just don’t care much for the guy in a Hab uniform .. first time in 50 years I can say that about a Hab player .. …

    • LA Loyalist says:

      If any of the greats were laughing on the bench, it meant they were going to go out on their next shift and bury someone :)

  28. Cookies says:

    A travesty to the game? Really?

    • petefleet says:

      Nice. Re: Thomas’ comments: the real travesty is how Colin Campbell does his job, or should I say runs away from his job.

      ***Habs Forever***

  29. petefleet says:

    You know, I heard Gomer on the Habs radio this year. He stopped in for a quick interview and ended up staying the whole game. It was great. He gave some real, actual insite into the team, players and organization. It was filtered, of course, but sincere. It’s impossible for me to hate the guy because of it. I do believe, however, that the MTL fans are far more dissappointed with him than he is with himself. It’s really too bad that he’s on the books for another 3 seasons because his hockey career is over. Based on his last 2 seasons, I’m not sure that other UFA would hold it against the Habs if they took drastic measures to releave themselves of his cap burden. Can a pro hockey player really expect to be kept after they’ve hit rock bottom 2 years in a row with no upswing in sight? I don’t think so. For my money, I’d invest those 2nd line minutes in Eller or DD. Leblanc is not far either. Why waste time and effort on Gomer?
    Last thought. Why would a guy with all his skill and talent race through the neutral zone, gain the blue line and then come to abrupt stop just inside the offensive zone over and over again, only to lose posession of the puck and probably not get a shot on goal, time after time? He was so predictable in the playoffs that I was calling the play before it was over evertime.

    ***Habs Forever***

  30. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Subban: I am sorry for him. I would have loved to see him for Team Canada.

    Gomez: He played crap for a whole season. Why didn´t he try to change his game a little bit at some point? His shot is crap and nicely carrying the puck through the neutral zone is useless if you lose it a second later. Does anyone really would like to see him again? I also find this slump talk ridiculous. He´s been declining for years. 7 goals and 39 points: That´s the player Gomez is. Yes, he might get 9 and 45 next year but hardly more.

    Eller with a little bit more experience would almost certainly do a better job on the second line next season. If not, then there´s also Desharnais. No need to keep the league´s most overpaid player. Gomez to Hamilton!

    Andrei Kostitsyn: He´ll never be a consistent player but overall still a very decent one to have as long he doesn´t get over 3.5m per season. We need more size up front and then people want to let him go? Ridiculous.

    Thomas: Did he really say that about Subban? What about Ference, what about Chara diving, what about all these dirty Boston plays? As a Bruin he should at least have the decency to stfu. Well, at some point you obviously have to become a brainless asshole if you play for Boston. To be honest, I really hope one of their players end up in a hospital against the Flyers.

  31. original6 says:

    Credit to Gomez for owning his crappy season. Credit to him and his agent for landing such a great contract in NY, which was bought by the
    Canadiens. The beef is with PG for making such a poor trade. Gomez only had 16 goals/year in NY. and was a -2 for the 08-09year? Great expectations? What is to say PG wont do it again. Should trade PG. Mad? Be upset at PG for saddling the team with an expensive, aging, on the downward side of his career center. At least Gomez is man enough to own his performance, what about PG? Scott wins whether the Habs do or dont. Thanks Pierre Gauthier.

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  33. Da Hema says:

    I appreciate that Gomez at least publicly acknowledges what a poor example of a hockey player he was this past season. However, with players’ agents and the teams’ marketing and communications departments, it is difficult to take what players communicate publicly very seriously. When Kovalev’s agent, for example, recognized his player was losing popularity and credibility amongst the fan base, lo and behold generous Alex set up a charity for kids.

    That bit of cynicism aside, I can’t recall being more disappointed with any player in my long years of watching the Habs than Scott Gomez. I knew the kind of player Kovalev was, so when he pouted and acted like a spoiled diva I expected it. I am not certain what the options are for the Canadiens, but I have no doubt in my mind that by next season either Eller or Desharnais will bring more to the ice than will Gomez. His contract is what it is, but I see no reason whatsoever the Habs do not send Gomez to the AHL (like the Oilers did with Souray) if he comes to camp next fall with a fat ass again and little desire to contribute.

  34. Marc10 says:

    What’s with all the haters today? There’s even a Blues fan here! What the… I didn’t even know they existed – LOL. Seriously, the Eller trade. We won. In two years, Halak will play somewhere else and our boy will be money. Loved Jaro, btw. Best playoff performance since St Pat…

  35. harrow15 says:

    I think everyone should stop hating on Gomez. Yes, his stats were horrible this season. Yes, he could have done better. But Scott Gomez is trying to do better, hes trying for the Habs and for all of you fans, so cut the guy a break, especially if you dont play competitive hockey on a regular basis. Everyone slumps every now and then, and sometimes the more you try to perform the worse it becomes. Only thing you can do is pick yourself back up in the offseason and try again. When you hit rock bottom the only way to go is up. So cut the guy a break, its not like he purposely underperformed.

    -Anderson Silva vs Georges St Pierre in 2011

    • HabsTrueBlue says:

      I have to agree (for the most part). I understand the desire to toss Gomez off to Hamilton but what a lot of people don’t understand is that it’s not easy to find a 1st or 2nd line center. Unless we can sign a 1st or 2nd line center for a lot less money then we should hang onto Gomez. Neither Eller nor Desharnais are ready to start next season as a #1 or #2 center. Starting next year with Gomez gives Eller and Desharnais the time they need to develop more on the 3rd and 4th line and we get to see what Gomez can bring to the table. Another alternative might be to put Cammalleri back to center and to use Gomez’s cap space to sign a tough scoring winger but they don’t grow on trees either.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        “it’s not easy to find a 1st or 2nd line center”

        Why? I don’t play, and you sound like you know what you’re talking about. But why exactly?

        Or put another way, why NOT put in Eller or DD and let them grow into the position?

        Were people saying before the season that you couldn’t start a rookie defenseman? What happened with PK?

        Cheers

        • harrow15 says:

          You know, every ’1st & 2nd’ line center use to be a ’3rd & 4th’ line center. I have no problem bumping Eller and Desharnias up a line. I liked the fact Eller got more ice time in the last few games of the series, hes got good heart and comes back and helps the defense. Desharnias should have got more time, much like in game 5.

          It would be foolish to think we can have everything that we need for this hockey team. 1st line centres, bigger forwards, scoring wingers. I believe subtle changes are necessary but not big ones. This team will learn alot from the series, valuable experience that will carry on in next season. We have the right kids in the lineup, they just need the time to mature and grow. Compare PK Subban last playoffs to these playoffs – improved a tonne. Imagine what MaxPac, Eller, Desharnias, Weber and even Whitey will be like come toward the end of next season!

          Besides, who says we need more stars in this team anyway? Look at Nashville, their best players are Weber and Pekke Rinne (similar to that of Price and Subban), and the rest of the team works their ass off and contribute. And guess what, they shutdown the team that holds arguably the best forward line in the NHL (Perry-Getzlaf-Ryan), along with Koivu and Selanne.

          We have a bright future indeed. Let everything take its course.

          -Anderson Silva vs Georges St Pierre in 2011

    • LA Loyalist says:

      …fine. Just don’t expect to win Jack Squat for the next few years, because we won’t.

  36. kirbhabs says:

    Uuugggg!!! Anyone else notice that we have a terrible draft coming up…. 17th then 78th….

  37. Bill says:

    Well, I’m glad that Gomez has the class to admit he sucked this year, and to go further and to admit to the obvious fact thatif he’d been a factor in the series, the Habs might’ve beaten the Bruins.

    However, I do not really believe he cares about any of it. If he did … he would’ve done something about his performance a long time ago.

    He’s gotta go. Is he tradeable? No. He’s the least-tradeable player in the NHL, I’d say. Am I wrong? Please advise.

    That being the case … he’s got to be McGillisized. Gauthier has to decide if his team wants to be nice, or if it wants to be good. If it wants to be good … say hello to Hamilton, Scott.

    With better luck and a healthy Pacioretty, Gomez might manage 50 pts next year. Still not good enough.

    The predictable criticism to this option is that if the Habs bury Gomez in the minors, noone will want to play in Montreal. Baloney. Many players have met this fate one way or the other and the teams who do it keep signing players. And these are obviously exceptional circumstances.

    So thanks, Scott, for hanging out and cashing those cheques while your teammates bled for inches. Thanks for sullying that number 11. It’s been a blast.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  38. Everlasting1 says:

    Btw, I’m damn proud of D’agostini, SK74 having breakout seasons. A good middle finger to the Habs organization.

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    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Why aren’t you at a Blues fanboard right now?

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

      • Everlasting1 says:

        I can’t get an account, nor post. I have to be American. Thanks for the suggestion, and the million others who have tried being as helpful in my dilemma. But correct me if I’m wrong, this IS a hockey site now.

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        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

        • shootdapuck says:

          Hockey site in name only due to the anal-retentive suits associated with the soon departing Boivin.

          Check the content, see any Blues, Rangers or Preditors stories.

          Strange I just signed up for the Blues Fanboard and I am not American nor have a US address.

          So I assume you have been banned under their strict rules especially for multi ID’s or profanity.

          Cut the BS!

          The only ASSumption to be made is that Google is beyond your abilities or the institution or mommy has it blocked.

          They even have instructions to register!

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          • Everlasting1 says:

            Anal is right. You ASSume much.
            Link?

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            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • sergio30 says:

      why are you bring d’agostini and skos into this??

      skos was traded because of his attitude.. or lack of a brain… the habs org. knew he had talent… so really it isn’t surprising that he’s produced on the first line in nashville……

      same with matt…. with perron injured and boyd traded away.. he became there first line winger….

      both players would never have amounted to anything in montreal, as both don’t play the system that martin instills…

      so really who cares what they do…

      heck why not bring ribeiro in the mix also, or koivu, or any other ex hab… why not recchi??

      • Everlasting1 says:

        That’s right..never question your ‘superiors’. You sound like a tool.

        Some coaches can also recognize said talent, treat them fairly, and utilize their roster players more effectively.

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        Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

        • TheMock780 says:

          So the Blues didn’t treat Erik Johnson fairly and utilize him properly then? How about the Avs with Chris Stewart?

          Some times players just don’t work out in certain cities, anyone who’s watched hockey for longer then 5 minutes can recognize that.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            I’m guessing trading E. Johnson was a salary dump. I don’t know why The Avs let Chris Stewart go..he had good numbers. Perhaps a salary dump as well.
            And Dagger, SK74 @ $550,000/yr? Good move!

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            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • Duracell3 says:

            Johnson trade was an insane steal for the Blues this year. We’ll see later how good he is vs. shattenkirk but there is nothing to base him outclassing both players.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Brett Festerling. We let him slip through our fingers. Now look at him…

  39. Bob Barker says:

    Remember when Pleks had a 39 point season and then followed it up with 70 points.

    There’s zero chance Gomez gets traded for at least another year so hopefully he’ll be able to put this season behind him and come back next year with 60+ points again.

    After next year, since his actual salary is several million below his cap hit, he becomes a value option for teams having trouble reaching the salary floor.

  40. emann_222 says:

    I don’t care what anyone says – Anyone would take that contract if it was offered to them, and so I blame the franchise more than the player.

    Did Gomez disappoint? Yes he did. Even if he had signed at 5.5 he was a disappointment. But the pressure of the contract and all it’s expectations clearly took their toll on him.

    I personally am looking forward to a banner year from him next year! He deserves our support and our respect.

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    • Everlasting1 says:

      You see Gomez elevating his game at this point? Hard to imagine..regardless of coaching.

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      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  41. MontrealAtheist says:

    It’s gppd for Gomez to admit that he was a complete no-show this season. The question is, what does he offer in return for his poor performance? Does he take a voluntary salary cut of 75% as a sign of goodwill?

    • fofe84 says:

      A lot of people keep suggesting that but it’s not allowed by the CBA. Unions aren’t big on letting their workers give money back when they haven’t violated their contracts in any way.

  42. MontrealAtheist says:

    What does it take for Gomez to realize that he is a persona non grata in Montreal? Of course he doesn’t want to leave, given that he is being paid a ridiculously high salary without having to do any work … who would want to give up an opportunity like that?

    The reason we have this useless clown in our lineup and taking up valuable cap space is Bob Gainey … Even after his departure his deeds are still cursing the team and holding us back.

    • fofe84 says:

      Holding us back? Gainey is responsible for almost every member of this team being here. Doesn’t Price, Subban, Cammalleri, Gionta, and basically everyone else kind of weigh more than Gomez? It doesn’t seem like you’re tipping the scales fairly here.

    • VancouverHab says:

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  43. fofe84 says:

    I respect Gomez for being so hard on himself. I hope he’s able to deal with his guilt in a healthy way, not get depressed about it but rather use it as motivation to get focused and ready for a bounce-back season.

  44. BKAK72 says:

    Like many on this site I too felt Gomez had a terrible year. If this article is anywhere near accurate then it’s fair to say his is a goof too. I really hope the NHL manages to get rid of the “guaranteed contract” clause in the next round of CBA. Players like Gomez essentially retard the payroll and ultimately the roster. This guy had one good/great year with the Devils in 2005/06 – that’s it! He was a bust in NY and nothing more than all talk/no action in Montreal.

    The right thing to do is send him down to the AHL and eat the contract (much like the Rangers did with Redden, Edmonton with Sourray). Free up that money for a solid #1 center.

    – HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

    • johnnymolson says:

      You are correct; demotion to Hamilton is the only answer, because no GM in the league is stupid enough to pick him up on waivers for 1/2 the price.

      • Timo says:

        But he is so good with media.

        • Jim Edson says:

          Good for ticket sales in Hamilton!

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          Who am I: Mohamar Ghadaffi or Gary Bettman.

  45. 24 Cups says:

    “I’m the first to admit, the first one to say it, I was awful and I let the guys down,” Gomez said Thursday at the team’s training centre in Brossard.

    Crocodile tears. Who cares, I know I don’t.

    • VancouverHab says:

      Ooo: that’s cold.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Measure of a man can be found in when he owns up to his mistakes, it would have been easy to just say ‘it was bad luck’ and avoid taking about his own issues. When did some of the people we ‘lost’ do that? See what he does on the ice next season I say, the second part of that is always in seeing what one does when they admit their mistakes.

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

      • If you watch the video, the guy is trying not to laugh the whole time. I’m done buying the BS that Gomez gives a shit.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Some people have a tendency to do that or similar things. My best friend has an omipresent grin on his face, generally regardless of the situation. See what he does next season I say, Habs won’t broom him this fast whether want them to or not.

          - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

        • VancouverHab says:

          Forgive the response from a (the?) Gomez fan, but I just watched the video after reading your comment & I honestly thought — having seen a few Gomez interviews — that he rather looked shell-shocked (his default expression is a laugh or smile so he looks somewhat twinkling most times.) His desire to stay is certainly sincere — his contract gets payed, mind, wherever he plays or even if he doesn’t play.

          Pleks had a dreadful season & bounced back –and note that Pleks like Gomez critiqued himself mercilessly.

      • Everlasting1 says:

        A real measure of a man is in what he DOES after acknowledging his shortcomings (which was obvious all season and deemed ignorant/irresponsible if he didn’t address it). I’d like to see him forfeit a large portion of his earnings to clear cap space and make a real difference to improve the team. That’d be a real ‘measure’ in my eyes.

        ——————————————————————-
        Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Except that’s not allowed under the CBA. Otherwise a few other buried names like Souray and Redden might have done that already.

          - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            How convenient for the players. I’m in the wrong line of work.

            ——————————————————————-
            Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        I think I agree, SF09. But how many seasons do we wait? One more? Or til the contract’s up?

    • Timo says:

      It sounds like Gomez was given a script written by Dave Stubbs.

  46. fofe84 says:

    I really had no idea how prevalent racism was in the NHL until PK Subban joined our team. From day one, this kid has drawn all kinds of unfair criticism for doing things that white players do all the time without anyone complaining.

    We all know why they boo him in Boston. They claim he’s a diver but they were booing him long before they had an excuse. They just decided he was a diver because that’s what they say about Montreal, no matter what happens. I mean, these people still insist Pacioretty was faking his injury. Presumably, we were keeping him in the press box throughout the playoffs because we were still holding out for a suspension on Chara.

    No no, that’s not why they boo PK. Ever been to Massachusetts? There’s like, three black people in the whole state. I’m pretty sure Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier there when the Dodgers visited the Red Sox. (That’s a joke).

    They call us whiners for booing Chara. Well, we boo Chara because he broke Pacioretty’s neck. They boo PK because he’s black.

    • TINMAN17 says:

      Easy, fofe, I’m from Boston and believe me we have a large segment of black people and most people treat them no different than everybody else, generally like shit. I posted once before about Boston being a racist town, after a Bruins Troll said it wasn’t. It most definitely is that is for sure. I try to be cool with everybody myself. I feel that you are correct about P.K. If he was white it would be a whole different story for him with B’s fans, he would just be that player you love to hate because he is so good, rather than hate him because he is black. Willie O’Ree broke the color barrier in hockey with the Bruins but I’m guessing he had a harder time than Jackie Robinson did with the Dodgers. Interesting true story, Robinson tried-out for the Red Sox before he joined the Dodgers. At his try-out, Tom Yawkey, the owner, showed up in the dugout and took one look at Robinson and said, “Get that ni**er off the field!” Another good one, Google this, white man stabs black man with american flag in Boston, the picture is worth a thousand words. For the record, I don’t give a shit what color you are – just play.

      Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

    • el heffe says:

      Nobody rags on Mike Grier guy or ANY other black player in the league. It’s not about RACISM. Nobody spoke out against Laraque becuse Big George would”ve knocked their block off. Here’s the thing. We all love PK because his skill is beyond anything we have seen in a Habs uniform in maybe two decades. However, others fin him cocky and obnoxious, which, lets face it, he is. His cockines is part of his charm to his loyal fans but man if he played for Boston I’d be throwing my remote through the tv set at his antics. Perfect example, which i LOVED, was him mocking the Boston crowd after his unbelievable one timer to tie game 7 at three. He just irks people, partly due to jealousy i would imagine. His skill makes veterans like Mke Richards look sloppy and slow and guys hate that. He is the smoothest skating Dman in the league, my opinion of course, perhaps Doughty is equal, but nonetheless. Racism is not a part of it. Hatred for sure, but not racism.

      nobody knows the pain of being a Habs fan in a world of Habs fans…

      • TINMAN17 says:

        El heffe, you’re wrong. When Anson Carter played for the bruins and when Mike Grier played at BU there skin color is the first thing people would remark on. Even some newscasters made comments to point out that they were black. If no one cared, why would they even mention it. Willie O’Ree always got brought up when Carter played here and Grier at BU.

        Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

        • TINMAN17 says:

          Side note to Grier, his dad was in the front office of the Patriots and some members of the Boston media alluded to this being the reason he played at BU and made it to the NHL.

          Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

        • el heffe says:

          me, wrong? impossible. read it again bud. I am simply saying that the other black players in the lague do NOTrecieve the same media attention and negative commentary from Richards, Lupul, Thomas, Cherry etc… as PK has received this year. What happened at BU is ancient history and has no bearing on my argument. I am very sure that racism does exist in sports. I’d be a fool to argue against that, however, my point as i reluctantly reiterate , is that Subban is disliked do to his cockiness and ability to make vetran players look like potato sacks not because he is black. Again, let me repeat. I am not arguing the non-existance of racism in Boston sports or any other for that matter.

          nobody knows the pain of being a Habs fan in a world of Habs fans…

          • TINMAN17 says:

            I hear you, bro. I do agree, league wide it’s the cockiness for sure, could be more. Didn’t Berube used to get knocked by other players for his heritage as other Natives have. I think fofe and I were really just talking about Bruins/Subban,though. All my friends are Bruins fans and they know he’s cocky, would love to have him, but they still all call him you know what as if they’re all calling the sky blue or the grass green. For most of us, in and around Boston, it was just an everyday word. Nowadays, everyone around here has little inside names for blacks, like “bonehead” or “Irishman”, I don’t get it, though, just be cool to people and they’ll be cool to you, easy. Then again, hockey-wise, who knows what is being said in a scrum, right? Btw, I did get a good chuckle from your opening there, touche.

            Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

      • fofe84 says:

        You’re right about his skill and cockiness being a problem for people, but you’re taking for granted the resentment a lot of white people have that he’s a BLACK player being skilled and cocky. Cherry loves it when white Canadian kids get excited and stand up for teammates and stuff. But if the player is European or PK Subban, he not only disapproves, but he refuses to pronounce their name properly. As if we’re expected to believe Cherry, as illiterate as he is, can’t pronounce “PK?” Really? He does it intentionally because he doesn’t respect people that aren’t good white Canadian boys (preferably from Kingston). He stood up for a teammate and Richards accused him of “acting like he’s better than everyone.” Richards simply couldn’t handle getting put in his place by this black kid. Darren Pang, while criticizing Subban and comparing him to another white rookie, pointed out that the latter, “plays the white way.” He meant to say, “plays the right way,” but stumbled because he thinks white is right.

        There is no way in hell PK Subban would be treated the same way if he was white.

    • harrow15 says:

      “There’s like, three black people in the whole state.”

      Really? So the whole Boston Celtics team are white? Please dont tell me Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo all had plastic surgery overnight!

      • HabsTrueBlue says:

        Must you take everything so literally?

        Besides those Boston NBAers are out of state imports and probably can’t wait to leave get out of town as soon as the season ends and the lynchings begin! :-)

        • TINMAN17 says:

          Ray Allen is from Connecticut and I believe he resides in Mass. year round, and I believe Bill Russell too and ML Carr, and Paul Pierce, as did Dennis Johnson until his untimely death…too literal, dang…Lynchings, too funny, that made me laugh out loud, no shit.

          Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

      • fofe84 says:

        Pardon me, as you just illustrated, there are at least FOUR black people in Massachusetts unless the Celtics are on the road.

        The Boston Celtics, incidentally, is the NBA team famous for always trying desperately to employ as many white players is possible.

        • TINMAN17 says:

          Now that for sure is not true. I think perhaps, you have been watching “Celtic Pride” too often. Break open the internet and check it out, just as many great black Cs as white Cs. Our greatest player was black, Bill Russell. The greatest three, non active, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Reggie Lewis. 2 black, one white. The past 4-5 seasons there has been only one white face on the bench, but all that matters is who can play. Now, the Red Sox is maybe what historically even to this day is what you should have meant. Tagging the Celtic organization like that is the same as tagging the Habs organization as divers, a mere bullsh!t reputation.

          Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

  47. johnnymolson says:

    The problem is it’s not just one off year; Scott Gomez has been underperforming his salary by a miserable margin for the past 3 consecutive seasons….this past year was just exceptionally bad even by his lowered expectations. This team has serious needs that could be served by 7.5 million in cap space; it’s time for Molson to bite the bullet and bury Gomez in Hamilton, much like the Rangers buried Wade Redden in the minors. It’s the only way to reclaim the cap hit from a horrific contract. Gomez has nobody to blame but himself.

  48. Laramy87 says:

    Although there is a lot of hate towards Gainey and Gauthier, and perhaps rightly so for the Gomez trade. However give him a full year with Patches and Gio, im sure next year will be better.

    Anyways, i guess ppl forgot Gainey drafted Price, Subban, signed Cammy and Gio and not to mention DD. He also traded for Gorges and ultimately in the trade also got San Jose pick which turned out to be MaxPac. He also drafted Louis Leblanc who will be a solid players in a few years. I would say he did alright.

    One bad deal and everyone wants to belittle Gainey.

    • fofe84 says:

      Yes! Gainey threw together a hell of a team at the last minute after the last one didn’t work out. That sort of thing isn’t supposed to work nearly as well as it has for us.

      And if I remember a Habs Inside/Out puckcast correctly, he signed Gomez to attract Gionta and Cammalleri. Plekanec was coming off an rough year and since Gainey decided to get rid of Koivu (who was really the only guy that I wished he’d kept), Cammy and Gionta were concerned about having a quality centre to play with.

  49. jimmy shaker says:

    okay, so let the armchairing begin…….here I go! I see basically 1 or 2 spots open up front and a backup tender for a lesser workload for price, so disect away and feel free to disagree by all means. This is how I see it coming into next year or what I would like to see.

    patch/gomer/gio
    cammy/pleks/???????
    Darche/Eller/halpern
    Moen/DD??????

    I think ak46 will get dealt, pyatt, pouliot will be let go, white will probably get a shot and make the team but I won’t say he’s on th e starting roster 100% .

    My wish list up front for potential free agents are as following, not in any particular order: Richards(I know this will never happen, but what i can dream right)? Fleishman, Laich, gagne Leino or konopka.

    On the D, I have it like this:

    PK/marky
    gill/gorges
    spacek/wiz

    We eat spacek for one more year, then he’s gone! Hammer is done along with picard, sopel and mara, but I’d hang on to weber as a 7th d-man

    And in the crease backing up Price, I’d love to see Garon coming back and getting in18-20 games as the back up.

    Then behind the bench, let’s go with Muller replacing martin, robinson coming back home where he belongs as the assistant and d-coach with my old hometown favourite former coach of the windsor spitfires currently an assistant with columbus, bob boughner.

    Now let me have it everyone!

    Shaker

    • Laramy87 says:

      I have a feeling White makes the deal out of training camp, and AK will be signed for one more year which will take him to UFA status.
      I dont really see Halpern coming back either.
      I like the idea of Garon coming back, he was solid for Columbus.

    • Duracell3 says:

      Garon would be a nice backup. However Plek line should always be listed first btw lol.

  50. xiangyicd says:

    tyuytuytu

  51. Gindan69 says:

    I see the gloom and doom squad is out in force. All I know is I’m having withdrawal symptoms already. I do have a vague feeling of potential for greatness down the road provided the braintrust fills in the puzzle pieces appropriately. Far more potential then I felt they had after last years playoffs. Of course they could make all the wrong decisions and we could be back at square one also. One thing you can’t argue, this group gave everything they had these last 2 years. A far cry from the shameful display of 2009′s supposed cup contender that bailed on the season as soon as the intensity started ratcheting up after the all star break.

  52. habs365 says:

    Gomez can cop all he wants–the bottom line is he got paid a lot of money having only gotten 38 points–he should give back some of that money to help bring in a good scorer–he knows he’s over paid–if he wants to be sorry to the orginization than do something about it–I couldn’t think of anything better than to give back some of his salary to help bring in a player that can put up 65 points..good gesture I would say–how about the rest of the fans…….

  53. TheMock780 says:

    More proof that Jack Edwards is just totally pathetic: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Video-Watch-Jack-Edwards-rant-about-Montreal-ro?urn=nhl-wp3653

    And Puck Daddy’s Eurlogy for the Habs, as written by Bruins bloggers. I can’t wait for a Habs blogger to write the Bruins Eulogy in a couple of weeks: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Eulogy-Remembering-the-2010-11-Montreal-Canadie?urn=nhl-wp3698

    • fofe84 says:

      So let’s get this straight. He says it’s elitist and pathetic when Montreal Canadiens fans celebrate the rich history of the franchise because they had nothing to do with that rich history.

      Then a few seconds later, he links the Bruins’ victory to the Boston Tea Party.

      Makes sense.

    • Duracell3 says:

      Whoa, not what I expected Jack Edwards to look like, hearing him throw the word toughness into every other sentence just got 10000x funnier.

      Also, “who has more fun than us?”

      24-5 big guy, 24-5. 24-5 isn’t even a rivalry I’m sorry.

  54. Pleks off to play at the IIHF,there’s a surprise. Not? Did anyone see Kostitsyn when the Canadiens tied it up last night, the entire bench jumped for joy and he slowly raised to his feet and did nothing. I could almost read on his face “ah I’ve got Russia to play for, man this sucks”. In the worst broken English ever.

    Now that the season is over I’ve got one thing to say to the GM.

    Go CANADIANS…..as in enough of the European content, time to go Big or go home. The Bruins scored two goals last night because they had big bodies in front of the net, I should look them up to see where they are from. Just curious.

    Yeah I’m still bitter, 19 freakin 93, that’s almost equal to 1967 for the Laffs.

    Should have taken the Bruins in 5.

    The End

    Shane Oliver
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    • Timo says:

      I believe AK would be playing for Belarus, not that it makes any difference. And as far as european content, i don’t know… Gomez is north american, so is Pouliot… there are enough crappy heartless players to go around from all over the world.

    • TheMock780 says:

      Lars Eller sure played with a lot of grit for a European. That argument doesn’t really fly anymore.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Pleks agreed to represent his country, what’s the harm in that? He thinks he can go a little longer and help his country out in an International Tournament, it’s not like they have a mountain of talent to tap. He did shut down Krejci for 7 games and kept the team in last night with the shortie goal. He gives all he has. Andrei, I don’t know, Habs have limited options to replace guys who can score 20 goals and UFA period would be really expensive to replace with so few able bodies out there. I do think his medication puts him off, he goes from engaged to unengaged in every way possible at times.

      Our worst player in this series was Canadian Ben Pouliot as well. Who replaced the equally heartless Guimauve. Lars Eller emerged as a legitimate force w/ a seperated shoulder , even though he’s ‘something you get in a coffee shop’ according to Glenn Healy. You look for the talent and the heart and screw the rest.

      Pavel Datsyuk was one of the best forwards in the playoffs so far as well. I’d wager he continues to excel and watch for the return of Henrik Zetterberg, the 2008 Conn Smythe winner.

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

      • TheMock780 says:

        I think a lot of people forget about Kostitsyn’s medical issues (he’s got epilipsy if I remember correctly) and that has to set him off his game.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Why he went 10th instead of Top-5, as a game goes on, it messes with the metabolism and epilepsy medication is supposed to be very strictly regimented.

          - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

          • TheMock780 says:

            It’s probably why he’s such an up and down player and why he’ll never live up to his physical potential unfortunately. He’ll be back with the Habs next season if only because of the lack of UFA options out there although I wouldn’t really want to pay him 3.25 million a season again

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            I don’t really want to either, but in this UFA period, 3.25 million might be going rate for a 20-goal guy and at least we know AK can work with both Eller and Pleks.

            - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …’heartless’ ain’t the right adjective Robert for Benoit Pouliot
        …anyone looking objectively your eyes will tell you He tries, he skates, he hustles, he cares …at least MY eyes tell me that
        the unfortunate problem is His head ain’t screwed on right …nothin’ to do with His heart
        …maybe unconfident , low hockey-smarts, maybe even not-too-bright …but ‘heartless’ ? …nope !
        …Benny playing the way We know He can is not easy to find, so I would give Him one more opportunity

        Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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    • Mike Boone says:

      Do you think Vancouver, Detroit and Washington should purge their Euros?

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist
      mboone@montrealgazette.com

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      AK made the perfect pass for PK shot on the tying goal, stop drinking the anti russian cool aid…
      he also made the perfect pass many times, and is our best forward per dollar (except the rookies)
      So yeah… you clearly have a diffused vision

      when all think alike, no one is thinking very much

    • fofe84 says:

      Yeah, good idea. Build a team based on racism. You’re a genius.

  55. 4m3y2j says:

    Ok-refection time,we have a whole summer to do that and you know we will.I want to see the best in Gomez as by nature I am an optimist.The problem is he has said the chant about doing all the right things for the past series and doesn’t deliver so it makes me question his sincerity.Right now the players are in an emotional state as there is a natural mourning period when a loss occurs so emotions are heightened.I guess being a New Yorker for the past 24 years has made my cynical but this meaculpa smacks of a pr gimmick by the brass to put out fires with the public.As they say actions speak louder than words so enough talk.Take the summer,get your ass in the best shape of your life and DELIVER..

    Have a wonderful spring and summer everybody it has been a pleasure spending the season with you on HIO.

  56. Timo says:

    Hey, Gomer, would you like to refund the Montreal Canadiens organization perhaps? Jus’ sayin’, since you seem to be so sincerely embarrassed. What a phoney.

  57. JIMVINNY says:

    Thomas needs to go after his captain if he wants to talk about diving. How does the biggest player in the game fall over after a gentle shove from Lars Eller and his busted up shoulder?

  58. Exit716 says:

    Unanswered questions: Scott, which one of your seven goals was your favourite?
    Did each goal make you feel like a million dollars?

  59. observer says:

    yes, gainey/gauthier those 2 old managers of yesterday are responsible solely for sticking this team with an anchor of gomez salary on this team.

    30 years of failure by gauthier – it is sheer lunacy to think he ever will even get to a stanley cup final.

    and when players sound satisfied with a first round elimination because they were not blown out? the whole operation needs new leadership.

  60. jimmy shaker says:

    You did have my respect timmy, about the only one on that cubs roster…..but after a stupid comment like that, I hope you get shelled against philly like it’s going out of style. Talk about travesty, why don’t you deal with your own goon teammates. Here, start with these gutless pigs……igor chara with the dirtiest of hits on patch, ference on his salute to the crowd and his cheapshot on halpern and lucheese with his cowardly boarding hit on spacek……but PK is a travesty. Give your head a shake you sieve.

    Shaker

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Hartnell’s going to make him very unhappy I figure.

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

    • habsindepth says:

      Timmy is going to look lost like a little boy playing hockey on the street. Let the Flyers big guns come out. There is NO ONE on the Bruins roster that deserves any respect. While they have talent, I wouldn’t want any of those guys on my team, Marchand, Lucic, can all rot in Boston and cry when the Flyers run them out. And don’t even get me started on that dirty Ference. Oh my finger got stuck! — He fooled the league with that one? What a joke. I mean seriously, they really thought ANYBODY would buy such a lame excuse?

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  61. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …addressing management …there are many here with vociferous hate-ons for Bob Gainey …and disdain for Pierre Gauthier and Jacques Martin
    …like I said, I’ve been following Our Team 60+ years …the decline of the Canadiens management quality began with the asinine decision to make Irving Grundman, the ‘bowling alley guy’ the man (?) in-charge of Our beloved Team
    …so it was not just yesterday that the Montreal Canadiens lost it’s way as far as management competence is concerned
    …that event, and the last 17 years have been the greatest test of My resolve to retain interest in the glorious Team of My youth and younger years
    …anyone whom watched Bob Gainey play representing Our Team has a profound RESPECT what this man is made of …I dream today We had anyone whom could come close to playing the way Bob Gainey once did for The CH
    …as General Manager, Bob returned to help rebuild what was when He arrived a very pitiful excuse for a Montreal Canadiens’ Team
    …I don’t know about most of You, but I as a Habs Fan I was struggling to retain My interest in the mediocrity, …to a point where I was almost embarrassed to care one way or the other
    …along Bob’s way with Us, there were times I scratched My head He letting certain players walk or traded with less return I naively felt They might have provided Us …Carbo, who I also thought was one of the great Habs, was a coaching disappointment, though I thought giving Carbo the opportunity was an important part of regenerating Our interest and Our passion in Our Team …things were so bad on the ice , to add insult to injury, Kovalev was considered a ‘super star’ in the eyes of too many Habs Fans, who should know better, starving for a Hero
    …all I do know, these past 2 seasons have been the most exciting, enjoyable and promising I have experienced as a Hab Fan for almost 20 years …a generation
    …and guess Who got Us here …Robert Gainey …whether intentionally or accidently …Who gives a Flying Frig ???
    …Pierre Gauthier ? …be patient and give Him a chance is My attitude …He worked many prescient little pick-ups filling-in for Our injuries this season …His decision to go with Price assured Me He recognized potential and talent …and Eller is one of My favorite current Habs
    …Jacques Martin ? …like I have strongly made My case before, if I was Geoff Molson, I would not have let Boucher go at ANY cost …for business and artistic reasons of future success on the ice and the quality of style of play on the ice …the ‘entertainment factor’ …Guy Boucher is the Guy a smart boss would have immediately identified as ‘a keeper’ to mold the ‘style’ of the Montreal Canadiens to more closely resemble ‘the style’ that made Our Canadiens the icon of the NHL Us older Fans still remember today
    …But no use cryin’ over spilt milk …GB won’t be back for years, if ever
    …meanwhile We have Jacques Martin and Kirk Muller …Jacques has had almost 15 + years to prove His worth as an exceptional, special coach (which is WHAT We as Habs Fans want, right ? …an ‘exceptional, special’ coach ?) …Kirk is proving every year He has very good potential …Jacques is a better than average coach …as a tandem, Jacques Martin and Kirk Muller, in My eyes, have been exceptional getting the most out Our Player assets
    …Kirk Muller wants and deserves to be a head coach …Montreal ?, …or Dallas, New Jersey, Ottawa or another team ? …that’s a tough decision for Molson and Gauthier
    …Boucher was not a tough decision, the way to retain GB should have been found …choosing between JM and KM is more difficult
    …if I had to choose it would be Kirk for many reasons, but it’s easy for me to say when I am not the one paying JM’s still in-effect contract
    …My opinion is that Jacques Martin has been fortunate to have Kirk Muller as His assistant, whom has compensated Jacques calm methodical strengths with Kirk’s own flair, imagination and player-friendly personal skills
    …yet, BOTH Jacques and Kirk have been greatly assisted with the level of character and professionalism of Their Players

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

  62. Mullie01 says:

    It’s tough to watch Van-NSH and see Lapierre set up a goal for Higgins. Not to mention SK74…

  63. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …one of My problems reading comments of My fellow Habs Fans is the repetition …the obvious, and the outlandish
    …so I will only refer You to Charlie Hodge Fan below …His outlook to the point, covers most of My own bases on how I see where we are, and the work ahead …so why repeat what He already expressed quite adequately ?
    …I have been a Hab Fan since approximately ’52 …so 10 more than CHF
    …am I disappointed We could not repeat last year’s miracle ? …don’t insult My intelligence please ! …of course
    …but, I will not say a single disparaging word about any member of Our Team this season, even Scott Gomez
    …Our Team gave everything They had, end of story …I could not be prouder of this season’s Team
    …re Scott Gomez …let’s start by saying Scott was traded here, He was not a free-agent …He is not responsible for being over-paid, as likely many of Our Fans might admit They too are overpaid for what They actually do in life, if They were objective …but Scott despite his numbers was a core part of the ‘heart & spirit’ of Our Team these past 2 seasons
    …Scott does have an obligation though to find His game again to put up numbers to reflect the dollars We tie-up in Him …if He can’t do that, then I don’t think We can afford to be satisfied with His numbers on Our top 2 lines …something WILL have to give
    …overall, with the right moves for a consistent sniper(s) and more size to complement the speed, smarts, skill and character already
    here, We have an exciting and promising future
    …that’s why I suggested Robert Rice to Booneski to give a column focused on Our future, as well as Our present …as a big part of My enjoyment as a Fan for 60+ years, is not only reliving the past glories of My Team, but looking forward to the next generation
    …I look forward with excitement and anticipation to Our moves over the next few months and the beginning of training camp in September/October
    …like I am sure Carey would put it …Chill man, We’re just gettin’ started !
    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  64. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s taken Higgins about two years to get back to his game you know, he hasn’t had 20G in a season since 2008.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  65. Britton says:

    Sorry, you used all the ‘dots’ up in your uber-elipse at the end of your post. Go back to kindergarten, “dude”.


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