The Montreal Canadiens were a playoff team last year. They got better over the offseason. Putting two and two together, they should be a very competitive team in the Eastern Conference this season.
Not so much.
The team has started the year winning 1 of their first 5 games, and naturally, the passionate Montreal fans are growing impatient. In the world we live in, when things go wrong, people feel the need to point the finger at a particular individual. In this case, I am no different, so here are the Top 10 Habs to Blame for their Bad Start.
10 – Give the team the benefit of the doubt; I’m sure their bad start is due to a bad early schedule. In fact, let me check how Toronto, Colorado, Winnipeg and Calgary did in the playoffs last year.
9 – I asked Jacques Martin about the team’s struggles. Rather than get mad and attack me, he just got very defensive.
8 – Maybe it was a bad sign when Pierre Gauthier asked Carolina GM Jim Rutherford for DVDs of Erik Cole’s playoff goals and the response was “DVDs hadn’t been invented yet”
7 – In response to a question about the team’s powerplay struggles, PP coach Perry Pearn denied allegations that his tactics are old and not progressive, before cutting the interview short to pick up his great grandson from school.
6 – It doesn’t help that Cammalleri, White and Campoli are faking injuries in an attempt to get the standard 3-year contract extension that comes with having a serious injury.
5 – Hal Gill has been distracted by the prospect of playing in game #1000. He looks forward to taking a 25 second lap around the rink thanking all the fans; or as he calls it, skating full speed.
4 – This is not a coaching issue, as they consistently play the players who deserve the most ice time…according to a post game interview with an exhausted Scott Gomez.
3 – The loss of Jaroslav Spacek has greatly affected Carey Price, in the sense that he can no longer accurately anticipate when his defensemen are going to turn the puck over.
2 – Don’t blame Max Pacioretty. According to Zdeno Chara, Pacioretty was found to be the best hockey player in a recent pole.
1 – PK Subban refused to throw any teammates under the bus. And by that I mean he is unaware that he has teammates.
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.