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The misery continues in Montreal

Dec 22, 2011, 11:53 PM EDT

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How do you say “horrific train wreck” in French?

OK, that might be a bit excessive, but things are starting to get ugly for the Montreal Canadiens. The Winnipeg Jets muted them 4-0 tonight to push Randy Cunneyworth’s record to an unsettling 0-4-0.

Sure, the Jets have been red-hot at home; they’re now 7-1-1 in their last nine games. That probably won’t sweeten the bitter taste for Habs fans, though.

The feeling is that a combination of linguistics and losses will inevitably do Cunneyworth in, but the focus is starting to shift to GM Pierre Gauthier. Honestly, it probably should have been there from the beginning. General managers tend to have the ears of owners more often than coaches, so there should be no surprise that franchises fire the cook instead of the grocery shopper in most situations – even if GMs are equally (if not more) to blame.

Either way, it’s a depressing situation, unless you’re Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. His play has been picking up lately, but he’s fallen short of a few extra wins because Winnipeg occasionally struggles to score. He spoke up a couple times on that issue and the team scored four goals for him tonight.

Considering better play from Calgary, the Jets’ status as the second-ranked team in the Southeast and the youth movement in Edmonton, it’s quite possible that the Habs are currently the NHL’s most rudderless Canadian team.

  1. drewsylvania - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    You mean the hilarity.

  2. scottfmullin - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    I don’t know about Gauthier being fired. Everybody seemed to be fine with his signings and trades when they first occurred, has a goalie for the future in Price, and his draft picks are for the most part decent. The only real bad flaw to Gauthier is his signing Gomez. Other than that, I think this is all Martin and his stifling system. I think this is just a transition period with Montreal for their new coach.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 23, 2011 at 1:00 AM

      And Kaberle. Also not meeting Streit’s desired salary (which turned out to be a hell of a bargain for what he does for the Isle). Oh, and signing a new contract with Markov despite all signs pointing to him never playing more than half a season again. And that was at the time of signing. NOW they’d count themselves lucky if he ever actually PLAYS. Cammalleri I’ll admit was a legitimate case of the “Good idea at the time” logic, but that’s one for five of the listed names (including Gomez, obviously).

      So, no, Gomez wasn’t his only magnificent fuckup.

  3. typicalmontreal - Dec 23, 2011 at 2:32 AM

    The Gomez trade was Bob Gainey’s move. At the time it was a bad trade, and somehow over time it has proven to be worse than just bad. I was not a fan of the backdoor way Gauthier was given the team, and from the beginning he was a bad pick to run the Canadiens.

    Really, this team needed to be rebuilt years ago. They have great young pieces in Pacioretty, Subban, and Price, but they need more than that to build for the future. At this point, players like Gionta, Camalleri, Plekanec, Gorges could fetch good returns. Looming UFA’s like Moen could garner a draft pick of some sort. They have the ability to rebuild in Montreal, but Gauthier should not be the person to do it.

    If I was ownership I would fire him before the trade deadline, before he can make more desperate moves which will hurt this team years down the road.

  4. ballistictrajectory - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    l’accident atroce de train

  5. babar61 - Dec 23, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    If Cunneyworth spoke French it would be ok though.

  6. dirtydog57 - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Yes They definitely would be on a wining streak if Cunneyworth spoke French!!!!!

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