Sunday morning coming down for Habs fans

Gorges
It’s a gray and rainy Sunday morning in Montreal.
The weather matches the mood of Canadiens fans.
In Philadelphia Saturday night, the team was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
And while they were at it, the Canadiens rang up loss number 47 – a team record.

Too early to drink. But hit it, Kris.

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Another record was set Saturday night: Josh Gorges blocked six shots – not counting the ones he absorbed from hulking Pavel Kabina.

With six games to play, Gorges leads he NHL with 230 blocked shots. Runner-up Ladislav Smid has 181.

More importantly, Gorges has expunged the name “Mike Komisarek” from the Canadiens record book. Komo blocked 227 shots in 2007-’08.

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I’m on record as being skeptical about Patrick Roy as the next coach of the Canadiens.

But how about general manager?

HIO has eyes and ears everywhere. A scout attending the Sea Dogs playoff game in Saint John, N.B., on Saturday night told our correspondent the word on the street is St. Patrick as GM and Bob Hartley as coach. The rumour was first floated on Twitter last week.

It’s the Colorado Connection. Roy and Hartley are protegés of Pierre Lacroix, who was Roy’s agent before becoming Colorado’s general manager.

Hartley coached Roy for four seasons and 31 games of a fifth with the Avalanche.

They won a Stanely Cup together in 2000-’01 … a season during which the Canadiens lost 46 games, the record broken with L number 47 in Philly.

Hartley is coaching in Switzerland this season, no doubt honing the Swiss-German he’ll use to coach Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz.

Some say the talk of Roy coming to Montreal is a load of Kaberle.

Roy grew up in the suburbs of Quebec City and moved back to the provincial capital when his career ended. If QC gets an NHL franchise, Roy is a natural to run it.

But that remains a big If.

All we know for certain is the Canadiens’ season ends at about 10 p.m. on April 7.

And while 16 teams begin chasing the Stanley Cup, Montreal fans look ahead to the draft, Carey Price’s contract, free agency and training camp.

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