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Not even sending a message works for the Canadiens

Dec 23, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

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P.K. Subban knows what it’s like to be the focus of a message being sent. After all, he was benched during Montreal’s listless 4-0 loss to Winnipeg and just like that, all the problems the Canadiens are having are summed up. Whether it’s benching Subban or Lars Eller, like they were in last night’s game, the problems are a lot bigger in Montreal.

Subban and Eller were both benched to teach them and the rest of the team a lesson in what happens when you screw things up. If that sort of accountability was applied throughout the organization everyone from owner Geoff Molson down to GM Pierre Gauthier and on down to Randy Cunneyworth would have to sit one out for a bit.

As CBC’s Elliotte Friedman says, the problems in Montreal of late with how they’ve handled firing coaches, making big trades, and allowing a language dispute to become the biggest issue all start and end now with Molson.

Montreal isn’t in bad shape in the standings being just four points out of a playoff spot, but things look horrendous on the ice. It’s time for everyone to put the soap opera stuff aside and work on fixing the hockey side of things. Whether that means potentially getting Bob Gainey involved running the team again, as Friedman says is being discussed, so be it.

Seeing things spiral more out of control in Quebec only means bad news for everyone there.

  1. polegojim - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Are the players reallly tanking it because their coach can’t speak French?
    Or… is there SO little leadership on that team that knowbody really knows or cares?
    Or… are they just THAT bad?

    One… or more… of those statements are very sadly true and painful to watch.

    Does anyone in the Habs locker room recall this?
    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.”

    Nobody appears to believe it, nor has anybody even remotely ‘picked up the torch’.

    • polegojim - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      or… ‘nobody really knows or cares’. It happens.

      I enjoy when Montreal is good….it’s better for hockey in general.

  2. ballistictrajectory - Dec 23, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    If history is to be believed, there haven’t been very many truly BAD years for Montreal, ever. This might be one of those times or it might be a case where one piece is missing and the team is verging on one of their storied comebacks.

    In the meantime I’ll enjoy the schadenfreude…

  3. guypatsfan - Dec 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Rocket Richard must be rolling over in his grave at the state of his beloved Habs.

  4. gallyhatch - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    This couldn’t happen to a better team or fanbase!!

    F-ck the Habs and their fans!

  5. cowboys282 - Dec 23, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    So in Cunneyworth’s debut against the Devils he gives Eller the 2nd most ice times for forwards at 18:25 and the most ice time for Eller by far all year. Three games later he benches him. What kind of message is that sending a young player? Scapegoating a young player just because he is young.

    This guy doesn’t deserve to be the head coach of the Canadians and it doesn’t have anything to do with what language he speaks.

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