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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Like hearing that your upstairs neighbour (the one who likes to hold Riverdance parties at 3 a.m.) is moving to Kurdistan. Or learning that you will never have to listen to another obnoxious Denis Leary pickup commercial as long as you live.
Pierre Gauthier is gone – and there is joy in Mudville.
Sorry, folks, we aren’t going to shed phony tears for the Ghost. Gauthier brought this mess on himself. If he has a warm, cuddly side, he hides it well. In Montreal, Gauthier alienated almost everyone it was possible to alienate, with the possible exception of Bob Gainey: players, coaches, media, fans.
The question is: why? What can you possibly gain by treating people like they aren’t fit to lick your shoes? All you do is bring more pressure on yourself, your team, your entire organization. When you behave like that and you put together a season that is one long blunder, who is going to come to your defence?
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s Boxing Day today - but you cannot afford to take a holiday. The Montreal Canadiens, once a dynasty to rival the New York Yankees or the Boston Celtics, are in their deepest crisis since the Patrick Roy trade in 1995….
First thing this morning, you call in Mr. Gauthier and tell him not to let the door hit his butt on the way out. Then you call in Mr. Cunneyworth. You apologize for putting him in an untenable position. You thank Mr. Cunneyworth for his efforts and you give him a choice: return to Hamilton or stay in Montreal as an assistant to your new coach.
This is important, because no part of this is Cunneyworth’s fault. He’s an honourable man who is very well prepared to be a coach anywhere in the NHL -except Montreal.
Once Mr. Gauthieris out of the building, you call your great and good friend Serge Savard and ask him to take the reins as GM for at least the next year or two, while the two of you work to bring some stability to this franchise. Then, because Mr. Savard has been out of the game for some time, you hire another Mr. Savard -Andre, another former GM -to act as his lieutenant and eventual successor.
Big back to back tonight after a huge win over Washington on Tuesday in game # 51.
Now, I’ve mentioned the Habs and Panthers as potential trading partners a few times over the season. There have been rumours from various media personalities on the radio and in the Montreal newspapers. For the conspiracy theorists out there, we now have this report as the game begins tonight, courtesy of Apron Basu from the CTV Habs Hub:
I’m back from a wonderful vacation to Atlantic Canada, and the Habs are back from their worst road trip in a couple of years. While I wasn’t able to see all the games (hiking Newfoundland took priority - my Lord is it beautiful! Anyone living out there is very, very lucky), I saw enough to know the Canadiens are in trouble. That’s obvious to anyone, as they’ve fallen from the top of the Eastern Conference to eighth, and four points away from losing their playoff spot.
So what’s a General Manager to do?
Lots of shots. Crisp checking. Hot goaltending. The Habs had it all tonight.
For two periods.
With a rematch of last week’s physical affair on the docket for tomorrow night in Philadelphia, the Montreal Canadiens are no doubt enjoying some rest today after a hard fought 2-0 victory over the Maple Leafs in Montreal. The Pat Burns tribute was wonderful – the Canadiens do these things so well. And the win was a great way to cap off what had been an emotional two days in Montreal.
With the win, Carey Price now has 4 shutouts in 19 starts – the same number he had in his career coming into this season. He is ranked 1st amongst goaltenders with 12 wins in 19 games, and 1st in minutes played with 1,142. Price has stunned even his most fervent supporters, making highlight-reel saves with a focus we’ve never seen from the young Montreal goaltender.
Many Habs fans were left confused on Monday night when the Canadiens traded Cedrick Desjardins, arguably the best goalie in their system after Carey Price, to Tampa Bay for Karri Ramo, a goaltender who has not succeeded in previous NHL stints and is currently committed to Omsk of the KHL.
Well, now we have an answer as to why the deal was made.