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

Top 5 Pick, Here We Come!!


No I’m not talking about me… well maybe a little bit. It’s true. I’m wasted for having wasted my time watching last night’s 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

What I mean is wasted (i.e. opportunity)… again! The Habs continue to waste any opportunities they have to crawl back into the playoff hunt.

Pricer had a solid outing for his team, but geez! Score some goals for the guy. Pic: Dario Ayala, The Gazette

Here they are, at home and fresh from the All-Star break. Everyone’s happy and feeling good coming after 2 solid wins with the last being the 7-2 drubbing of the Red Wings. The team had an energetic practice, things were looking up. And then the game arrives…

What happened?

Well the Habs came out strong and took a 1-0 lead but then fell completely flat through the second period and gave up chance after chance until the Sabres were able to take the lead in the 3rd period and  never looked back.

Lack of intensity and desperation, Price says. Too many players playing from the sidelines.

But does this surprise anyone who’s been following the team this year? You know what bothers me most? We’re wasting terrific seasons from Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty. These guys have been great. MaxPac needs to work on his consistency but remember, just his first full year. Cole’s signing was lambasted by many in the press and after a slow start, they looked right. But the guy has been pretty much Mnsr. Consistency from then on, and has also become the team’s leader both on and off the ice. The guy tries hard. Where’s that work effort from the rest of the team?

One of my fellow HabsFan in LeafLanders and I had a small agreement yesterday before the game: Habs win, they’re going to make the playoffs. Habs lose, Habsnots!!!

My unfortunate yet precise prediction was that the Habs would indeed lose, just because each time this year they’ve had some momentum, then had a bit of a break, they’ve come out really flat to lose that next game. It’s why they can’t get on any sort of run. Everyone was saying after the Detroit win, too bad they had the All-Star break, just stalls their momentum. But you can’t make excuses. Come on, the Sabres!? They’re on a free-fall. They won only 1 of their last 8 away games for crying out loud. Tell you what. We’re on a free-fall!!

But I don’t think we need to blow up the team just because it finds itself in the bottom 5 of the league.

Good I say. But it is time for President Geoff Molson to enter the picture. Forget about the delusion of the playoffs. We can find our fun in watching the Leafs blow 4-1 leads like they did last night to the Pens and lose out on the playoffs by one point.

Yes Mr. Molson, you may just receive that letter I promised awhile back. Time to get things in order for the draft. That means letting Mr. Gauthier go and putting an able-bodied GM in his place.

Jeff Carter wants out of Columbus. Columbus wants out of the Jeff Carter contract. Let’s take the chance and get rid of Gomez at the same time. Yah it’s another silly contract — but if you throw in that juicy number one pick this summer, it could be worth it.

Let’s get that top 5 pick. The draft is going to be a good one, so why not? Even Director of Scouting Trevor Timmins probably wouldn’t be able to botch that one up.

In the meantime, how about another trade? I got one for you: Let’s swap a problem for a problem. Look we need to get rid of Scotty Gomez, right? Who by the way has a couple more kicks at the can before he can celebrate a full calendar year without scoring a goal. Columbus needs to get rid of party-boy and injury prone Jeff Carter, a guy who has offensive upside when he’s engaged and healthy. So why not Gomez, Kaberle and Kostitsyn for Carter (who’s currently hurt) and Columbus’ 1st round pick in this summer’s draft??? Which for all intent and purpose will either be 1 or 2.

Yes you heard me right, trade Kostitsyn. Look I love the guy, you all know that. But I don’t want to see him leave for nothing. Carter’s contract bites, but you know, it could be a gamble that pays off for the Habs, conditional on getting that 1st rounder.

Never happen you say? Just watch…

I deleted the “…me” above. Too Trudeau-esque.

One comment on “Top 5 Pick, Here We Come!!


    No surprise about the outcome of the HABS-SABRES game. I’m a disgruntled and disappointed Habs fan this year, but not losing any sleep over the Habs topsy-turvy season.
    Habs are goners this year…


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