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The Bad Habs

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

How bad are your Montreal Canadiens?

Frederik Andersen’s 32-save shutout was the fourth time a goose egg has been hung on them this season.

Home cooking?

More like home yakking: Three of the shutouts have occurred at the Bell Centre.

On four other occasions, the Canadiens have been held to one goal.

And there are 61 games to go.

This, folks, is the most impotent scoring team in the NHL.

They are punchless. They are boring.

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Game highlights of the 6-0 Toronto win can be watched below...

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Hank1974's avatar

I’m not a Habs fan or hater, but if forced to choose I’d say I like them more than dislike them.
But I don’t watch a tonne of Montreal hockey, so if someone else here does, please correct me if I’m wrong (which I’m sure I am).

This is what confuses me. Habs fans, management, hotdog venders, etc, are complaining that this team can’t score.
Yet this is the same team that traded away PK Subban, jerks Galcheynak around and hires Claude Julien as their head coach.
Claude Julien hates goals, offense and creativity almost as much as Mike Babcock hates to smile and enjoy life.

So I’m not really sure why the Habs offensive struggles are such a surprise.
Same with their defensive struggles.

They should have never traded PK Subban. He was actually a better defensive player than Weber and a much better puck carrier.
Yes, he’d take more risks and sometimes that would work against him. But it was very rare when those occurrences happened. We only knew about them because Sports Centre and the Montreal media would highlight each guffaw like Aliens landed.
And Chris Therrien, who hated Subban with a passion, would make sure to point them out as often as possible too.

The major problem in Montreal is Bergevin who cowtows to his coaches way too often.
The worst thing he did was hire Therrien for a 2nd time. That destroyed the teams chances then and there.

This team is bad. Oh so bad. And it’s not going to get better anytime soon.
Time to clean house and that starts with the GM and coach.
Not sure why Montreal is forced to get a defenisve-minded, grumpy, French-Canadian coach every single time.

Posted by Hank1974 on 11/19/17 at 09:42 AM ET

gowings's avatar

Not sure why Montreal is forced to get a defenisve-minded, grumpy, French-Canadian coach every single time.

Posted by Hank1974 on 11/19/17 at 08:42 AM ET

The French culture in MTL will indeed require a coach that speaks French. He does not have to be a Francophone, but he must learn it. It’s already pissing off fans that their captain does not speak French (and although Koivu was loved….if the coach could not speak French either…there would be a riot)

It’s not logic…it’s like a religion…

Posted by gowings from MTL on 11/19/17 at 11:28 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Well written, hank.

I liked mtl a lot a handful of years ago. They scored, they had energy, and they had goaltending. What Bergevin has done these list few years is just astonishing. He’s set this team a good decade plus behind.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/19/17 at 09:18 PM ET

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