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Top 10 Habs to Blame for their Bad Start

Posted By Corey Krakower On Oct 20 2011 @ 11:36 am In Montreal Canadiens | 3 Comments

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 [1] 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.

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