When Guy Lafleur is asked a question, you can count on getting an honest answer.
And that happened again this week when the Canadiens Hall of Famer was asked about the team’s elimination by the New York Rangers in six games in the Eastern Conference final.
“It’s not enough to be happy with a good season,” Lafleur told La Presse. “You don’t play hockey to have a good season. You play to win the Stanley Cup.
“Let’s be objective,” he added. “Guys like (Thomas) Vanek and (Max) Pacioretty, you don’t keep those guys on your team. They should stay home if they’re not ready to pay the price. Your team will never win with players like this who fade when confronted by adversity.”
Lafleur’s comments are among the topics of conversation in our season-ending HI/O Show as former Hab Chris Nilan joins columnist Jack Todd, blogger Mike Boone and sports editor/host Stu Cowan.
The panel looks back on the biggest surprises and disappointments of the past season and ahead to next season, when the pressure will be even higher on a Canadiens team that came within two wins of a trip to the Stanley Cup final.
Other questions brought up include: How much is P.K. Subban worth? Will Andrei Markov and/or Brian Gionta be back in Montreal? How long should coach Michel Therrien’s contract extension be for? What’s the team’s biggest need during the off-season?
(Photo by Sterling Agres/HI/O Show)