I like my Humble Pie with Ice Cream: What now Habs?
Rise and shine Habs fans, it’s a new day, how ya feelin? Ok, no one likes a smart-ass, especially on Monday, especially following an embarrassing loss on National TV in a game meant to celebrate hockey’s rich and storied culture. 4-0, I’ll give you a second to digest this one…4-0…final score.
Sunday’s Heritage Classic was everything a fan would want: glitz, glamour, frozen Molson Canadians, Metric, fireworks, and visuals. Everything…if you were cheering for the Flames. Fans of the hometown Calgary Flames (and some Montreal fans) braved the –20C weather, stayed loud and proud throughout the contest, and truly made this spectacle a success.
For the Habs and their fans, digesting a big platter of humble pie (on the eve of the rookie dinner, just to rub it in) was not what the brainiacs in Habs management had in mind once embarking on this Western road trip.
I’m not saying the Habs should press the panic button, but hopefully, the button’s not far out-of-reach. The countdown is on for Jacques Martin and Pierre Gauthier to make the necessary changes (if any), whether it’s personnel or strategy (I choose the latter). Tick-tock, tick-tock gentlemen…
I’m not going to crap all over the players in this post; my focus is on one person. Montreal Canadiens Head Coach, Jacques Martin’s approach to the game is antiquated, it’s outdated and each of the 29-other teams in the league have dissected his ‘system’. Martin prides himself on following every intricate detail in his ‘coaching book’. I, along with the millions…AND MILLIONS…of Habs fans and Rainier Wolfcastle (McBain) from ‘The Simpsons’ realize what should be done about Martin’s book:
And here we are, Habs locked in 6th place, other Eastern Conference rivals (Rangers, Hurricanes, Sabres and Thrashers) can be seen in the rear-view mirror, 22-games to go, losers of 6 in their last 7 with no answers to some very pressing questions.
While everyone in the Habs-Quartier prepares to storm the ivory tower (Bell Centre) with flaming torches upon the Canadiens’ return from Western Canada or next ‘questionable’ acquisition (please say no to Souray and Kovalev), Montreal has one more stop to go.
The Habs travel to Vancouver to visit Canada’s best team in the NHL, the Canucks, tomorrow night at GM Place. Full http://johnnybertolo.wordpress.com preview will be posted tomorrow.
Until then…your move Gauthier, your move
Like I promised…
My alcoholic cousin finally awoke from his slumber and uploaded the Heritage Classic photos/videos I
demanded graciously asked for:
This entry was posted on February 21, 2011 by johnnybertolo. It was filed under Montreal Canadiens and was tagged with Alex Kovalev, Atlanta Thrashers, Bell Centre, bleu blanc et rouge, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Eastern Conference, GM Place, Habs, Heritage Classic, Humble Pie, Jacques Martin, McBain, Molson Canadian, New York Rangers, panic button, Pierre Gauthier, Rainier Wolfcastle, Sheldon Souray, Vancouver Canucks.