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…
Jan
13
2012

Deal Done

Well that didn't take long, did it?Leave it to the Montreal Canadiens to make last night's 2-1 loss to the Bruins an afterthought to what was going on off the ice last night. Mike Cammalleri back in the days when he showed some emotion. Let's see if he's able to reignite that flame again in Calgary reloaded. Pic: Calgary Herald.Of course if you believe Mr. Gauthier, it was in the works for over a month. Which I certainly hope is true because if he is a GM of any worth, he should have been shopping Mr. Cammalleri around the league for some time now.The only…
Jan
07
2012

Midseason Ramblings

It's amazing what one decisive win can do.But one win does not make a season. And as the 2011-2012 Montreal Canadiens reach the halfway mark tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Habs sit in 13th place in the Eastern Conference.Yet many of the Montreal Canadiens media and pundits are now beginning to laud the work of interim Head Coach Randy Cunneyworth as they begin to see his stamp on this team, a stamp that many seem to be onside with. If only Canada Post could get into the action, eh? Geoff Molson didn't help things with his statement about…
Dec
17
2011

Martin’s Firing Needs to Produce Results

The axe has fallen. The head has rolled.The open letter from Habs Fan in LeafLand to GM Pierre Gauthier... received and apparently, heard.Habs Fan in LeafLand poster "Anonymous," as did much of Habs nation, finally got their wish.Jacques Martin is out as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens after 2 1/2 seasons. Randy Cunneyworth steps as interim head coach."It's disappointing. We've been underachieving for the entire season. Jacques' not the reason we weren't winning games," an ashen faced Erik Cole said this morning. "This is a good wakeup call to us here in the room that we have to play better." And better play,…
Nov
27
2011

Mired in Mediocrity

1 out of 4 possible points over the weekend is just not good enough.Not when the Canadiens keep losing ground to teams in the Eastern Conference.Not when they are about to embark on a tough western road trip and needed to take 2 points at home.The Montreal Canadiens are mired in mediocrity, teams have games in hand on them, and if they can't come out of their upcoming western swing with a minimum of 4 points, the team will be in serious trouble. The Philly game on Friday afternoon, I knew from experience that scheduling didn't favour the Habs.But last…
Oct
27
2011

The Goal That Saved The Season!?

Ay-yoy it was an eventful day yesterday for Montreal Canadiens fans, as well as the team and organization itself.First, we heard conflicting reports about Max Pacioretty's wrist injury from the previous game. He may require surgery. No he doesn't need surgery. He's for sure not playing against the Flyers. No, he'll be a game-time decision. Well as it turns out, he did play -- thank goodness for that. Ended up, he was key to the Habs' 5-1 win last night against the Philadelphia Flyers in Montreal last night. Yannick Weber et al celebrate his goal with 2.6 seconds on the clock…
Oct
25
2011

An Open Letter to Pierre Gauthier

Mnsr Pierre GauthierGeneral ManagerMontreal Canadiens Hockey ClubBell CentreMontreal, QCDear Mr. Gauthier,First off let me say that I do not envy you. Your job is very difficult. Especially when there are millions of people who think they could do it better than you. It's easy for me to sit back, crack open a cold one and shout at the television screen and pretend that I know what I'm talking about. It's easy for me to think that I would have made all the right moves for the Canadiens in the offseason.Although I must say, I have been watching and playing hockey…