The year the Canadiens became the Keystone Kops


The year 2012 was not a good one to be a Canadiens fan.

The first three-plus months of the year saw the Habs limp to one of the worst finishes in their storied history, and there was no hockey at all during the final three months because of the lockout.

The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs describes it as the year when the storied Canadiens became the Keystone Kops.

Writes Stubbs: “This was an Eastern Conference barge that seemed so rudderless, you half expected Joe Pesci to stroll into the Bell Centre to paraphrase his classic Casino line with, ‘These guys could (rude word) up a cup of coffee.’”

You can read Stubbs’s entire year-ender column by clicking here.

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes that it was former GM Pierre Gauthier’s bizarre moves that led to the downfall of the franchise.

Writes Hickey: “The 2011-12 season was a disaster marked by injuries, a dysfunctional team and incompetent management.”

You can read Hickey’s entire column by clicking here.

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)


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