Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Mar
29
2012

Thee Axen Hath Fallen

Not much of a surprise, really.Except we would have guessed that heads would have rolled upon season's end.No matter. The important thing is, it's done.Pierre Gauthier was shown the door today by Geoff Molson, bringing this annus horribilis to an end.It hasn't been all bad, mind you: Pacioretty, Cole and Desharnais' collective success; Leblanc looking like he belongs; Eller's 4 goal game and evolution; me meeting Riva. But I digress...So the line goes, Gauthier was fired, Gainey stepped aside. Makes sense.And thus the Gillette-Gainey-Gauthier era officially comes to an end.I like Bob Gainey, loved him as a player and I'm…
Mar
21
2012

Paging Dr. Recchi…Dr. Mark Recchi

Paging Dr. Recchi. Dr. Mark Recchi: This is great. I love it when telecasts have a sense of humour. And I also love the fact that this nickname is following the ex-Habs player into his retirement. For sure, my anger towards Mark Recchi has diminished somewhat from last year after his completely offside comments about Max Paccioretty's injury -- something I'm sure (well I hope) he now regrets. After all, at the time he was coccooned within the warm and goonish confines of the Boston Bruins. Ultimately, I like you Mark Recchi. You were good player for the Canadiens and had an excellent, probably Hall…
Mar
15
2012

Markov, Draft and Laffs

So the Habs as a team have decided they do have pride, they do care, they do want to win. And it actually looks like they're having fun again. Better late than never I guess.How else do you describe 7 points out of a possible 8 when the season is gone gone gone... I mean lost!?I'm so happy to see Pacioretty get to the 30 goal mark and Erik Cole now with 27 and closing in fast.It seems lately they're the only ones that score, along with Desharnais and Subban.I'm a bit concerned though. Now the Canadiens have 67 points and…
Mar
06
2012

Meet (I Hope) Your 2012 First Round Pick: Mikhail Grigorenko

Lose lose lose, lose lose loseAll the Habs do is lose lose lose.Even at home against the hapless Leafs who had to resort to a coaching change to try to salvage their playoff hopes, the Habs couldn't come up with a win.No matter, I was rooting for the Leafs on that night.If you read this blog, I don't have to tell you why.The Habs are solidly the 3rd worst team in the NHL right now, ahead (behind) of Edmonton and Columbus. Now the Habs would probably have to lose the rest of their games to finish lower than the Blue…