Dark holiday season for the Habs nation

Posted: December 27, 2011 in Uncategorized
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There is no silver lining. That’s not light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a train-wreck of a hockey season hurtling along the tracks towards us. These are dark, dark days for the Montreal Canadiens and there is no sign that things are going to get any brighter any time soon.

Jack Todd – who’s just rocking on Monday mornings these days – had a great column in the Gazette on Boxing Day, an open letter to Habs president Geoff Molson, in which he suggested Mr. Molson tell Pierre ‘Major Major’ Gauthier to make sure not “to let the door hit his butt on the way out”. Todd also said Molson should politely send new coach in town Randy ‘Martin-lite’ Cunneyworth packing.

Couldn’t agree more Jack but, sadly, it ain’t gonna happen right now. Clearly Molson has backed Ghost Gauthier on these moves and the owner is not about to do a 180-degree turn.

So get ready for the worst crisis to face the Canadiens in decades to continue…..at least for the rest of this season.

How low have we sunk? Well here’s the joke I just heard at the hockey-gear store. ‘How bad are sales for Habs sweaters? Well we were trying to give them away for free before Christmas and no one was taking them.’

Meanwhile have you noticed folks proudly sporting Flyers and Bruins shirts around town? The closet Habs-haters have crawled out from under the woodwork like vermin and boy are they loving the way the Habs brass are systematically dismantling one of the greatest teams in all of professional sports.

Can things get better? Certainly not with Gauthier and Bob ‘What About Bob’ Gainey still running the Habs ship. Elliotte Friedman had this blog a couple of days back suggesting one thing Molson could do was bring Gainey back. But Elliotte, Gainey hasn’t gone anywhere. He’s still there in the closet behind Gauthier pulling the puppet strings. Gainey was in Winnipeg the other night for heaven’s sake, underlining that he was probably the one who told Cunneyworth to bench P.K. Subban and Lars Eller.

The result of that brilliant thought-process? The worst game the Canadiens played in the 21st century. Worse, with that bone-headed decision, Cunneyworth/Gainey/Gauthier in one foul swoop brought back what was maybe the ugliest element of the fin-du-regime Martin days – when you don’t know what the heck else to do, blame the kids. That’s so reprehensible. Here you have virtually all of your veterans – with the exception of Erik Cole and Josh Gorges – playing like they’d rather be anywhere else, yet you pick on the easiest target – the youngsters. We have a word for that kind of behaviour Randy (and Jacques) – it’s called bullying and it’s totally unacceptable in the schoolyard and just as bloody unacceptable at the hockey rink.

Harsh words? Yeah well it’s not my fault all us Habs fans are in such a sour far-from-festive mood. You know whose fault it is.


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