Monday phone hearing for Pacioretty

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Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty makes contact with Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
John Kenney, Gazette

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will have a Monday telephone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, presumably before the Habs fly early afternoon to Anaheim for their three-game West Coast swing with stops in Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles.

It’s possible Pacioretty could be suspended for his high hit Saturday on Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang, or being a non-repeat offender, he could get off with a fine. More to come on that tomorrow.

Letang returned non-concussed to score the controversial winning goal in overtime. It was the second-most famous face-bloodied comeback goal on Montreal ice, following a playoff goal scored by Habs’ Rocket Richard. That one has been described as the most dramatic goal in NHL history. I re-created that goal in May 2000 in a special Gazette section upon the death of the Rocket.

As you all discuss Pacioretty and Letang, here’s that story, with a photo from the April 9, 1952 Gazette. A footnote: Bruins goaler Sugar Jim Henry died in 2004.

THE NIGHT A GROGGY ROCKET GOT HOCKEY’S MOST DRAMATIC GOAL

Published May 31, 2000

DAVE STUBBS
The Gazette

“Suddenly everything went black, and the next thing I know, I woke up in the medical room. And I want to tell you, I was still groggy when I scored that goal. I don’t remember it clearly. My legs were all right, but my head was all foggy. I had a hazy idea of what I should do, and I did it.”
- Maurice Richard, April 8, 1952

“That goal,” perhaps better than any he had scored before, or would score in the future, defined the hockey icon we mourn, celebrate and lay to rest today.

In the seventh game of the 1952 Stanley Cup semi-finals against Boston, returning to the Forum ice concussed and bloodied, unaware of his surroundings and driven only by his courage and instinct, Rocket Richard rushed from end to end, through every Bruin, to eliminate Boston with what many consider the most dramatic goal in National Hockey League history.

Montreal Herald sports editor Elmer Ferguson described it on his paper’s front page the next day:

• “A great brown plaster covering a six-stitch cut in his forehead, around which a purpling bruise was forming, blood oozing from a deep scrape on his left cheekbone, Rocket Richard raced the length of the Forum ice, wheeling around a baffled Bill Quackenbush on the Bruins defence, cut in like a meteor and whipped an ankle-high shot past goaler Sugar Jim Henry.”

Through excerpted newspaper stories of the day, as well as reports published years later and a delightful conversation this week with Henry, the goaltender whose own career was defined by this single, transcendental moment, “that goal” we reconstruct here helped shape the Rocket’s cosmic myth.

• Today’s hero – Rocket Richard! Knocked colder than a bailiff’s heart in the second period, he came back stitched, battered, bruised and bleeding and scored the winner.

Henry arrived in Montreal with two black eyes and a broken nose, suffered in Game 6. He spent the day with his trainer, who applied hot and cold towels to his eyes to reduce the swelling.

“Yes, I had two great shiners,” Henry recalls. “I could hardly see.”

The photograph of himself with Richard shaking hands after the game, two battle-scarred veterans paying their mutual respects, is one of the most compelling in hockey.

A print of it is framed, hanging in a place of honour in Henry’s Winnipeg home.

Nicknamed “Sugar” as a boy, a sweet-toothed lad growing up in Brandon, Man., he had been a hero two seasons earlier in Montreal, saving the Rocket from serious injury.

Dumped by a Bruins defenceman deep in Boston ice, Richard slid full-speed toward Henry’s nearly immovable goal, the nets then anchored firmly to the ice.

“It just occurred to me that I couldn’t let Maurice crash into the goalpost – he would have broken his leg, or worse,” recalls Henry, now 69. “So I slid out and let his body hit mine, to protect him.

“He got up and thanked me, as did a few others on the ice. It was the greatest ovation I ever had in Montreal.”

Early in the second period of Game 7 on April 8, 1952, the score tied 1-1, Richard was flattened in a collision with Bruins’ Leo Labine, which sent him into the knee of Boston defenceman Bill Quackenbush. The Rocket was left unconscious, either from the impact with Quackenbush, or when his unhelmeted head struck the ice.

• The Rocket crashed the ice head-first and sprawled there, senseless, a thin trickle of blood staining the ice.

“I had a bird’s-eye view of that one,” Bruins defenceman Hal Laycoe said in The Habs, Dick Irvin Jr.’s excellent 1991 oral history of the Canadiens. “The Rocket didn’t see (Labine). It was a vicious upending. It was amazing that he could come back from something like that and score the kind of goal he did.”

At first it was feared Richard had suffered a broken neck, but finally he came to and was helped, rubber-legged, to the clinic. He passed out again while the team doctor wove six sutures above his left brow.

“What is it they say about those boxers who get hit on the chin early,” Richard asked later, “but fight on, and around the seventh round ask if it’s the second? Is it instinct? I guess that’s what it was with me.”

• Sensing the Canadiens’ heart was broken, the Bruins swung the momentum their way, and more than 14,000 Forum fans were resigning themselves to an inevitable loss without their leader.

And then, late in the third period, the Rocket returned to the Canadiens bench.

“When Richard came from the clinic, he told me he was all right,” Montreal coach Dick Irvin Sr. told reporters. “But he wasn’t just then.”

Yet with fewer than five minutes remaining in regulation time, and perhaps his team’s season, Irvin tapped Richard on the back.

“Rocket was squinting at the scoreboard,” linemate Elmer Lach said later. “It was obvious he couldn’t read it, so I told him it was still 1-1.”

Big Butch Bouchard, traveling on one damaged leg, leaned far forward, tapped the puck with the end of his stick, and slid it over to the circling Rocket.

“Rocket gave everybody in the league trouble,” Henry remembers.

“It was a toss-up between Maurice and Gordie Howe as to who was the best player in the league. But from the blue line in, Maurice was the greatest. He was dynamite.”

Richard scored 82 playoff goals during his career, dozens of them spectacular efforts. Now, with 3 1/2 minutes left in the game, he was a runaway freight train – even if he looked toward his final destination through glazed eyes.

The Rocket picked it up on his blade and was off in full flight. His start was near the outer edge of the big red circle, within the defensive zone, and he was in full cry in a stride or two.

“What a terrifying sight for a goaltender,” Henry says, in awe of the image even today. “There was nothing like the Rocket at full speed.”

While Bruins swung around in pursuit, Richard raced along the right side close to the boards. Experienced Bill Quackenbush moved slowly over as if to block him, but the Rocket feinted, as if to cut into the centre, and Quackenbush swung there.

“Maurice had such a wide shift,” Henry said in Irvin’s book. “Them legs of his would go apart. He just seemed to hop from one leg to the other when he made the shift, always so wide.”

The Rocket had numerous chances to pass the puck, but later said his vision was so blurred he couldn’t make out his linemates, Lach and Toe Blake.

Richard shifted swiftly, past Murray Henderson and Bob Armstrong, cut out again, eluded Real Chevrefils, then swung in like a streak around the startled Quackenbush, cut in straight across the goalmouth and whipped the puck past Henry while going full speed.

“Most people still get one fact wrong,” Henry points out. “They say the Rocket scored through my legs, but he didn’t. He put it in on my glove side. The puck only came out of the net through my legs.”

Elmer Ferguson turned to a fellow writer and muttered, “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious!”

Richard was mobbed by his teammates, and the Forum exploded.

“The crowd saluted the brilliant play with a roar that shook the building,” The Gazette’s Dink Carroll said. “They threw programs, coins, newspapers, overshoes. It took a squad of seven attendants five minutes or more to clear the ice.”

Billy Reay iced the 3-1 victory with an empty-net goal, sending the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup final they would lose in four straight to the Detroit Red Wings.

In the dressing room, Richard happily greeted his father, but soon collapsed in convulsions, sobbing hysterically from exhaustion, his concussion and nervous shock, before doctors sedated him.

It was two hours before he was able to leave the Forum.

Forty-eight years later, Henry is comfortable with his place in hockey history: he knows his name will forever be recognized not for one of the fine saves he made during a 435-game career, but for one goal against, and a magnificent photo of a bowed, black-eyed, nearly wordless handshake with a bloodied Maurice Richard.

The two men last met in the spring of 1999 at a memorabilia show in Boston, where they sat shoulder to shoulder signing hockey cards.

Henry scolded Richard not just for the goal, but for having scored it on Henry’s wedding anniversary, an occasion he forgot in the heat of the playoffs.

“I feel so sorry for Henri Richard and the Rocket’s family with the passing of Maurice,” Henry says.

“He was a great fella and a great player. We’re all going to miss him. We’ve all lost someone very dear to hockey.”

251 Comments

  1. SeriousFan09 says:

    Watched the Brampton Battalion hostthr London Knights and by extension, Jarred Tinordi.
    Impressions: Do not start predicting him to make the team out of next year’s camp. Needs to mature physically, not as dominant or immovable as you would expect him to be at his size. First step in his skating is not very strong which left him caught a couple times, he may need two years in the Hammer. Positives were a good first pass, a strong no quit attitude in his board battles even when he was down. Skating is not awkward, moves well on the whole. Endurance and smarts not an issue I found, was strong on the penalty kill, very alert watching movement of Brampton skaters as he covered his position around the net. Knights coach Dale Hunter trusts him to keep a lid on a tight game, Knights led 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1 over the 3rd period and Tinordi was basically double shifted for the period, including the last minute and a half. Considering this was London’s third game in as many nights, pretty solid on Tinordi’s part. Was not very physical, but he was wearing jaw protection so may have felt hesitant about getting too engaged.

  2. Sad stat
    Price’s save % in last 8 games: 93.7
    How many did Habs win: 4

  3. Pains me to say it but the Leafs are a way better team than Montreal. They are winning with Gustavsson.

    We can barely win with Price. Martin needs to be replaced.
    Trade the veterans if needed (including Cammy and Gio) and pursue a top center this team desperately needs.

    sigh.. go habs go.

  4. montreal ace says:

    The top management of the Habs was given a mandate by by George G to make the playoffs, they served him well and he made a ton of money. Molsons who gave him the ton of money has probably
    given them the same mandate, and lets face it he owes money on the team, and playoff cash is not chump change to him. BG and PG have done a decent job in that we have made the playoffs and have played well, I enjoy the playoffs and the excitement involved, but the cost in talent has been high and I dont see any players of impact coming up for a few years. I think this year we play our cards out with no big player movement, till we know if were in or out of the big show. My hope is that when Markov comes back, that we are firmly in a playoff position at the 50 game mark. I think its at this time that we will know how good management is by how they handle aging vets and too many men on D. I think we could get some good young talent from a team that needs to make the playoffs, and the cash that lots of teams need.

  5. habsperspective says:

    Habs have played 24 games, and have 24 points, of a potential 48.

    10 of the next 15 games between now and Jan 1rst are on the road, including the California coast, stops in Boston, Chicago, NJ, and the usual new years Florida week.

    How many more games will Markov miss? And when he does return how effective will he be.

    Sitting 2 points back, with opponents holding games in hand, the team will surely require a better then 50% there currently on pace for, to make the top 8.

    Can this team, take 60-70% of the remaining points? With injuries its obvious, no. But how about healthy?

  6. Matt. says:

    well, the Canadiens are last in the division again

  7. Neutral says:

    if you want to see changes in Montreal – bring in Muller as coach
    and Roy as GM – get rid of PG and JM – the odd couple….

  8. NCRhabsfan says:

    I just watched the Max Pac hit on Letang on you-tube. I missed it the other night. If nothing had ever happened in the world before I could understand why some would want to see Max suspended for that hit, although I’m not sure there is anything that demonstrates evil intent, etc. But how weird would it be for the league to suspend him for THAT when they didn’t suspend Zedeno for his hit last year? Really? In one instance a guy drives another guy into a stanchion with his forearm well away from the puck, breaking his neck and in the other a player hits a guy with the puck with his shoulder. Hmmm. If they suspend Max Pac they really should start dressing referees in full body armour, because it will be time to start pelting them with “C” batteries. This is the problem with turning a blind eye, it tends to come back to haunt you. Did Zedeno get fined, no, did he get suspended, no, so how do you suspend Max Pac for something far less reprehensible? In the Bettman era of evening out things in favour of American teams perhaps it doesn’t matter.

    Here’s hoping Donald Fehr kicks Bettman’s little Napolean-complex ass so hard he’s weeping for his momma and cuddling his blankey in the next CBA! The sooner the NHL cuts ties with that little ar*ehole, the better!

  9. Sal says:

    Just putting this out there… is it possible that this year, the Laffs are just a better team than our beloved Habs? Here is my theory…it’s not the whole answer, but, it is a factor nonetheless.

    Is it that nobody gets up to play the Laffs, whereas, everybody gets up to play the Habs, both for the atmosphere of the Bell center, and, the pure history and aura of the blue, blanc, et rouge? If hardly any teams bring their “A Game”, when they play the Laffs, then the Laffs have an advantage, because, if they can bring emotion, while the team they are playing against doesn’t, then it works in their favor. Secondly, since the Laffs have not been in the playoffs for so long, they actually HAVE NO rivals, in the sense that the Habs have a huge rivalry with, for example, the Goouins and Philly, due to our more recent playoff runs, vs these two teams. In short, the Laffs simply don’t garner an urgency, or, an emotional level, that is crucial to winning games in the NHL during the regular season. Why? Because nobody F$%KEN CARES?

    The fact that the media, e.g., CBC, carries on about the great rivalry of the Laffs and Habs, based soley on a history that took place so long ago, that only a handfull of us old guys can even remember it, makes the actual reality of a rivalry, even more of a joke. A joke on the fans, esp. Laff fans, not the players! The players that make up the current version of Habs and Laffs, have no recent playoff match ups to stir their hatred of eachother. So the only rivalry that exits, is mostly in the minds of Laff fans, who have so little to get excited about, from so many years of ineptitude!

    My question is, are the Laffs REALLY better than our Habs, or, are they getting away with a large portion of their wins, because they get SO MANY teams that are simply looking past them?

    Sal from the Hammer

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Sal:

      I don’t know if the Laffs are a better team, but Kessel is a better player than anyone in Montreal except possibly Carey Price. Wouldn’t Kessel look great in Habs colours?

    • ManApart says:

      Has nothing to do with teams looking past the Leafs. The Leafs are a better team because they have better players who are playing how they should. The Habs guys are just not as good man for man. It also doesn’t help that the guys they do have are not performing how they should. Besides Patches and Cole and probably Pleks, nobody else on the team is playing so great. Bottome line is the Leafs have reached and maybe surpassed the Habs. One reason. They have Burke and we have the bozo brothers. Truth hurts.

      • habstrinifan says:

        I was about to respond to him but you answered exactly as I would have. I am amazed that people who have been watching hockey can delude themselves with the aguments that he did.

        Right now the Leafs are better and the Senators are close if not our equal.

    • veryhabby says:

      Sal, I live in TO and married to a leaf fan so I watch almost all their games. The Leafs actually remind me alot of the habs. Besides Lupul/Conolly, there top 6 isn’t that big or tough..but they are fast skating O type players…..very similar to what the habs thought they had built. The only difference is that Leafs are scoring 5 on 5. They can be totally outplayed for 10 min then one their first shot on net…it goes in for them. The habs have lost a lot of games that most feeel they played descent in. Leafs have been out played alot yet they win. they can score at will. And are #3 on PP. Gee weren’t we top 5 the last few years? Wasn’t that and the play of Price the main reason we got into playoffs the last few years. Leafs are doing exactly what we have done the last few years. They don’t have the best D, but they score on PP and 5 on 5, so it doesn’t matter.

      If in HALF of our games this year we had scored even just 1 PP goal we would probably be tied with them in the standings. Theya re 5 pts up on us. That 2 wins and one OT lost difference. WE could easily have those 5 pts if in half of the games were we went zero on PP if we had score but once on the PP.

      Bottom line, with these frwds who unfortuately can’t score at will when playing 5 on 5….we have to get our PP to top 10 in league if we want to win more games and make the playoffs. As long as leafs stay in top 5 in PP they will make the playoffs, just as we have in past years.

  10. Matt. says:

    Thanks Everlasting for posting about the Blues. You provide more coverage on the Blues posting on H I/O than the entire combined Canadian media.

  11. NCRhabsfan says:

    Why is Darche on the team? What is it he is supposed to do? I know it’s a nice story, but really, one goal and no assists, few hits, no presence, in 20+ games. What is it he’s doing for us? I know he’s cheap, but is this a case of you get what you pay for?

  12. Neutral says:

    Rumor has spezza going to colorado.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Spezza scored two tonight against Carolina. I don’t think he’s going anywhere unless the Sens are getting a lot in return. The officiating in the Sens – Hurricanes game was absolutely atrocious, again. Where is the NHL finding these guys? The refereeing is hugely bush-league in virtually every game, every night. Isn’t someone, somewhere, responsible for maintaining standards. This is the worst officiating in any major sport. Oops, I forgot, it’s not a major sport.

      • Sal says:

        You said it Dude. The level of officiating in the NHL is a joke. The NHL is a BUSH league. They are ruining hockey for a whole generation.

        Sal from the Hammer

        • Sakukoivumc11 says:

          You should see the officials in the Timmins Midget Hockey League…..they are just as bad if not worse….lol…..Now on a more serious note, Officiating in the league is probably the worst I have ever seen ! Too many new guys to go with new rules and all they get is a video ! The league invests so much in their so-called image and no money in the Refs ! The refs definately dropped the ball in o.t. n Saturday night and get used to it as it will happen again !

          paolo merenda

  13. Bill says:

    I can understand people who are looking for a coaching change, but I’m not sure why so many are calling for Gauthier’s head.

    Martin is an old-school coach whose SYSTEM produces an unexciting, offensively anemic, unusually wimpy .500 hockey team. That’s what he’s always done, and that’s what he will keep doing. His line-juggling, one-goal lead-protection schemes, and uneven treatment of players have long frustrated fans, and are now starting to frustrate the players, if I am interpreting their post-game comments accurately.

    The jury’s still out on PG, though, and I would say he’s done a pretty decent job overall. There was the ballsy decision to keep Price over Halak, the acquisition of Wizniewski, the decision to keep Markov (which we have to wait out), and the targeting and acquisition of Cole. Plus he persuaded Emelin over. It is not Gauthier’s fault that Markov’s rehab took a step backwards, or that his coach (whom he did not hire) won’t use Cole or Emelin effectively. Nor is it his fault that Gomez is DOA this year, or that he is untradeable. I also love the pick of Bealieau last summer.

    Martin, sure, let him go. Next summer. When we have half a chance to find a decent replacement. Gauthier? I’m not so sure. He’s done a shrewd job of filling holes and building IMO.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Great post. I also love the draft picks PG has made since he arrived. JM needs to go, but not PG. Unlike Gainey though, PG doesn’t have the luxury/arrogance to make himself the coach if he fires JM. Still, the sooner, the better.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I would have given PG a pass except for one thing. He did not address the need for some more grit when he could have.. during the summer months.

      And if he had shone some foresight he would have not lost Woywitka and be forced to pick up Campo who brings nothing strategically new to the team.

    • ManApart says:

      First of all PG was a major decision maker in Gainey’s terrible moves the whole way. He was the head of pro scouting and assistant GM for God sakes. If you think he wasn’t a major reason why Martin is here you’re delusional.

      PG traded D’Agostini, Latendresse, SK74, O’Byrne and Lapierre for next to nothing. Made the right move, it seems, on letting Halak go, but botched the return in a guy who will have trouble scoring 10 goals. He trades a 2nd round pick for Moore, then lets him walk. Does the same with Wiz (although the salary constraints Gainey saddled this team with made it necessary). Let Halpern go for some reason. I did really like the Cole move and it seems to be paying off.

      The problem with PG is he doesn’t do enough. Guys like Burke see a problem and take decisive action to improve and the results are there. After getting smacked around by Philly 2 years ago, he stands pat and doesn’t get bigger and tougher in the forwad position. He doesn’t improve his scoring which was a major problem. What happens, Habs squeek into the playoffs again and get booted in the 1st round. Surprise, surprise. Next, he wakes up and aquires Cole (not nearly enough). Didn’t want Jagr for some reason. He lets the defence now denigrate to being below average, when it was a strength, although Markov should help that (but who knows). The man is just terribly slow at recognizing what his team needs and going and getting it.

      He’s just happy to play more or less status quo. So what will happen? They might make the playoffs they might not. The team is definately not moving forward. After seeing GMs like Regeir, Burke, Tallon, Yzerman, Ray Shero, Chiarelli and Holmgren make bold moves, you see that Gauthier will never get you anywhere. He hasn’t moved this team forward at all. And again, he was a large part of Gainey’s failure. Let’s not absolve him of that fact.

  14. habaholic68NJ says:

    If we have any hopes of making the playoffs we need to fix the PP (get Pleks off the point) and trade for a power forward. PG, do something and tell JM to try this before you fire him:

    MaxPac-DD-Cole
    Gio-Pleks-?(Big body who can skate and put the puck in the net)
    AK46-Eller-Moen
    Blunden/Darche/Nok/White
    Markov-Emelin
    PK-Gorges
    Gill-Spaceman-Weber

    Use Cammi, Gomer, Campoli as trade bait for ? (or picks):
    Diaz to Hamilton until next year.

    PP1: MaxPac-Eller-Cole -Markov-PK
    PP2: AK46–Pleks-?-Weber-Spaceman

    *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at http://web.me.com/ptolias/Music/OtherOriginalMusic.html

  15. habs001 says:

    Right now we have very limited goal scoring abilities from our centres…plecks will get his 20 goals but after him we may not even have a centre that scores 10 goals…eller may produce some scoring in the future but i believe it will not be this year….

  16. Hali_Hab says:

    Also news flash we are not going to win the Stanley cup with the current management group, so what’s the difference if they do get fired. If you can’t see that the Habs are no more than a 500 hockey team capable of going hot and cold for brief periods with an great goalie then your in for a tuff time my friend

  17. Hali_Hab says:

    Lupal looks like a steal now

  18. habs001 says:

    leafs winning again..i remember some regular posters last year making fun of them picking up mcarthur and lupul…

  19. Hali_Hab says:

    That’s exactly what were getting at Shane? Man there is some dramatic current in your text! Also you could look at it in the negatives and choose not to address the obvious problem with the team or you could look at it in a rational positive manner and see it as build build build instead of fire fire fire. Sadly you can’t have one with out the other.

  20. Shane1313 says:

    Trade Cammy for Crosby
    And Diaz, Weber, Gionta for Ryan Getzlaf

    Fire Martin and PG and everyone else.
    Fire, fire, fire
    Then will win the stanley cup.
    Perfect Plan, wow

  21. tippytoes says:

    Getzlaf for Plekanac, Subban and draft or prospect

    Ducks and habs have been talking

  22. Hali_Hab says:

    No I do agree that credit be given where credit is due, but there has to be balance between both the PP and the PK some where in the middle is the winning formula. Not when one out weighs the other so heavily.There has to be balance through the team as well and there is not. And just for the record I am not one of those hate martain just for the sake of a few losses. I just think that the current philosophy is not working and is out dated. JM had a much better team when he was in Ottawa and still never won it. So I find it hard to believe there is anything different that will come from this core of players with this coaching staff. And since the coach and GM have been a package deal Since their days in Ottawa they should both go so that who ever comes in has a clean slate.

  23. ludwig44 says:

    I totally agree with those calling for JM’s head, but we need a winner with experience coaching at this level – a Babcock or Lemaire would take control and lead properly. So we get rid of JM and replace him with………

    • Ron in Ottawa says:

      Before some of the “you are not allowed to say anything negative about the habs” fanatics start yelling and screamiing: i also agree that JM and PG must go. i also believe that, if the Molsons won’t act now, then it is best for the team if they go on a long losing streak. Long enough to wake people up. Long enough so that even the die hard fans start to see that this is a mediocre team that BG and PG put together. Yes there is some good talent here but ask yourself; how many players would be picked up by some of the elite teams- 5 maybe 10 at the most. So come on Molsons- do what you said you’d do when you bought the team. Make the necessary moves to restore some pride and respect on the team.

      • G-Man says:

        How many teams are stuck with 3 rookies on D in full-time roles? And folks wonder why the team isn’t winning. Get Spacek and Markov back and then the team has enough experience on the back end to go on a run.

    • CanadienBoy says:

      Florida doing very well with Denin and Ramsay who is getting a lot of credit for helping develop the young guys

    • --Habs-- says:

      Habs biggest problem is the Coach must speak french. If that wasn’t an issue there are plenty of opportunities. Even offer Kevin Dineen a shot a jumping ship form a sinking ship!

  24. Hali_Hab says:

    And the Gm should get the boot as well

    • BMO HAB says:

      What a difference a month makes. We had the big “Pearning” and everything was solved by the 2 Randy’s. One was going to do the Defense and the other was going to do the – Power Play. Well one Randy has done kinda okay thanks to us getting Emelin back into the line-up. But the Swiss Misses are still causing lots of grief inside our blueline. Too soft – too small & can’t provide any physical presence to support # 31. The “other” Randy is just flying. He’s got that PP clicking at an 0 for 19. I’m not sure what that translates into shooting success but they are sticking with it. Guess if it isn’t broke – don’t fix it.

      I still remember someone on here posting that the 2- Randy’s were running the show and Uncle Jackie was …..you’ll love this…. “just a figurehead”. Well that statue is sinking this team with his stubborness to play his “system” when this team is built for “speed”. Something or someone has to give. I’m hoping that PG does not give in to panic and make a rash deciision and trade one of our young core players to show support to Martin. Usually in the NHL in these tugs of war – 1 coach vs. 20 plus players…..you don’t often see the 20 plus side let go.

      I hope the right decisions are made by the right people before it’s too late.

      “I reject your reality and substitute my own”.

      – Adam Savage

  25. Hali_Hab says:

    No but a coach that could organize a power play and find ways to use his players to their strengths would make a world of difference.


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