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First off, condolences to the family of Ron Caron. A legend in Montreal, St. Louis, and beyond.

And so, it was fitting that Montreal and St. Louis played on Tuesday night. Or, should I say St. Louis, as Montreal didn’t show up.

This team is as Jekyll and Hyde as the 2009 Habs - a team led by Jaroslav Halak, who defeated this year’s Canadiens on Tuesday night.

I just can’t figure it out. Two inspired efforts followed by…this.

Mike Cammalleri booed mercilessly by the fans. Empty seats galore. Shoddy passing. Terrible coverage. Disjointed powerplay.

What’s the solution? It’s not Scott Gomez, who may return later this week.

I have to believe that more moves are coming. I’ve said that before, but I really do expect more trades or roster moves. However, that said, the Canadiens have won 2 of 3. If they can do that for the rest of the year, they’ll make the playoffs.

So, if they win 2 of the next 3, I’ll eat my words. But for now, tonight at least, this did not look like a playoff team. Heck, they didn’t even look like an NHL team.

Time for Coach Cunneyworth to make these guys skate.

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Ian Gooding's avatar

RIP Ron Caron. I’m sure he was a nice man and a solid hockey guy in perennially strong Canadiens teams, but he was a horrible GM in St. Louis.

1991: As GM of the Blues, Caron gave up Cliff Ronning, Geoff Courtnall, Sergio Momesso, and Robert Dirk to the Canucks for Garth Butcher and Dan Quinn. That trade instantly made the Canucks a better team.

1994: Traded Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican, and Nathan Lafayette to the Canucks for Craig Janney (awarded as compensation for the Blues signing Petr Nedved, but Janny wouldn’t play for the Canucks). Nedved signed as a free agent with the Rangers the following season. Brown, Hedican, and Lafayette perhaps aren’t the biggest names, but they were key elements in the Canucks’ Stanley Cup Finals run that season.

Thanks to Ron Caron, I was finally able to enjoy following the Canucks.

Posted by Ian Gooding on 01/11/12 at 03:25 AM ET


I think that it has been conceded by everyone following the Montreal situation that Pierre Gauthier is a dead man walking. After originally being very excited to see how he would accumulate talent like he had done in previous stints as GM, that excitement has turn to exasperation at watching him make stupid decision after stupid decision. Some of the contracts that this guy has made and picked up are just ridiculous. This team is a complete disaster and has no hope of pulling out of this nosedive. If you doubt this, watch the definition of uninspired, no heart play as Subban just let that player drive right by him on the 1 on 1 for the first goal of the game. If I had been on the bench when he came off the ice I would have grabbed the biggest hockey stick I could find and stuck it so far up his ass he quite simply would have been dead. It was a pathetic, gutless play that perfectly captures this years version of the Habs.

Posted by BlackXinu on 01/11/12 at 04:16 PM ET

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