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Spacek on Montreal: “I’m pretty happy to be gone from all that circus”

Jan 21, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

Jaroslav Spacek AP

When Montreal traded Jaroslav Spacek to Carolina for Tomas Kaberle, they didn’t know they were doing him a favor.

NHL.com correspondent Ben Raby caught up with Spacek and asked his thoughts on what’s going on in Montreal. He was more than blunt and honest in his assessment of the situation to the point where you’ll wince (audio).

“I’m pretty happy to be gone from all that circus,” Spacek said. “Obviously it’s the number one sport in Montreal and everybody’s so proud. If the team doesn’t do well, like this year, it’s always pretty bad. I think the guys hiding right now, they don’t even want to go out and eat. It’s a big mess.”

One of the bigger distractions Spacek pointed to was the language situation with interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth saying, “All that crap with the French speaking coach doesn’t help if you don’t win the games.”

Spacek certainly wasn’t nasty in his take, he was honest and it’s hard to disagree with him given how things have shaken out this year. Hearing stories like this come out of what’s still a toxic situation is fascinating given the gigantic microscope everyone is under to succeed in Montreal.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    well… I agree with everything he says so, he’s cool in my book

  2. adirondack77 - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    This should not be that shocking. The Canadiens are to Montreal like the Yankees are to New York or the Cowboys to Dallas.

    If you can’t take the heat, glad you got out of the kitchen.

    As to the language issue, while Montreal is a mix of French and English, the province is overwhelmingly French. I’m sure NYers as a whole wouldn’t be thrilled if the new manager of the Yankees could barely speak English.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      The heat? Do they get fired up when they dive or throw cheap shots?

    • spiffy53 - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      adirondack, probably the dumbest comments i have read in a long time. no wonder the canadiens are so lousy. the inmates are running the asylum. i am pretty sure New York would want the best coach available. Charlie Manual barely speaks English and the Yankees would hire him in two seconds. and basically, you are saying that in Montreal, the coaching pool should come from 20% of the hockey population? enjoy last place for a long time.

  3. 4cupsinarow - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    As a Yanks fan I could care less if our Manager spoke swahili as long as he knew how to coach/manage the team. Needing a coach to speak French is very elitist. I like my coaches actions and coaching abilities to do all his talking for him… The rest is well all BS sorry to say(just MHO)

  4. vipod4ever - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    more comments like this = no free agents want to come to Montreal

    • irishjackmp - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      I think alot of free agents don’t want to come to Montreal for this exact reason… they just don’t say it.

      When Danny Briere was a free agent in Buffalo, everyone in Montreal thought it was a slam dunk he would sign there since he was of French ancestry. (I think he was from a few hours outside of the Quebec border though) and he wound up signing in Philly for less money.

  5. adirondack77 - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    spiffy, Charlie Manuel speaks fine English. If you’re referring to Jerry Manuel, as in the Manager that at worst ran the Mets into the ground, or at best is known for an epic collapse, I HARDLY believe the Yankees would hire him.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Way to change the subject.

    • spiffy53 - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      as someone from philadelphia, i can assure you Charlie Manual’s English is questionable. just kidding (sort of). he’s a good manager. period. and that’s THE CRITERIA. the fact that the fans like you, who are trying to add additional criteria for a coach that has zero relevance, is embarrassing. and yes, you are changing the subject.

  6. adirondack77 - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    “Heat” as in intense media markets. Gotta be a big boy to play in Montreal, Toronto (NHL), NY Boston Philly (MLB) etc…

    • drewsylvania - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Pretty sure Spacek would be fine with the environment if the team weren’t clown shoes from top to bottom.

  7. adirondack77 - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    no, they should hire the best possible coach but the coach should be able to (or make an attempt) to speak the language of the land like Cunnyworth is doing.

    No reason to limit yourself to the 20%

  8. habsman - Jan 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Most of the Bruin fans on here have difficulty with English.

  9. drewzducks - Jan 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Could be worse…could be called out as losers by their own players, an afterthought in “their own sport” and be more worried about the stupid language that their coach speaks.

  10. istallion - Jan 22, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Most of the players speak English don’t they? I want my HC to communicate with players not media.

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