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Gomez, Canadiens coach get into verbal altercation

Feb 14, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

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Another day, another dramatic practice in Montreal.

This time, the drama surrounded Canadiens forward Scott Gomez and assistant coach Randy Ladouceur. Ladouceur, upset with Gomez’s perceived lack of effort during a drill, let the struggling center have it courtesy a verbal tirade.

Gomez — he of the one goal scored this season — responded with a tirade of his own.

Depending on who you believe, this incident was either an ordinary, run-of-the-mill argument or a precursor to something bigger.

Player and coaches (read: people that generally tend to understate everything) say it was no big deal — head coach Randy Cunneyworth smiled when discussing the shouting match and Gomez said stuff like this “happens every day.”

But reporters (read: people that generally tend to overstate everything) contend this was a blowup for the ages. Many media members thought Gomez and Ladouceur were going to come to blows; there was also this, from the Globe and Mail:

Veteran team observers say it’s been many years since they’ve seen a spat like this, and compare it to a memorable 1996 argument between then-coach Mario Tremblay and enforcer Donald Brashear. That one got so bad that Brashear was sent to the dressing room, and was traded a few days later to the Vancouver Canucks.

We probably won’t see a similar situation unfold here, because nobody’s trading for Gomez’s contract. That thing is like the gym membership from hell.

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  1. govtminion - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    I don’t know what was said, of course, but… Gomez shouldn’t be surprised that his coaches are a little fed up with his crap. That lone goal of yours is costing them something like $7 million in cap money- if you want people to stop harassing you, perform like you’re an NHL-level talent. Or at least put in some effort.

  2. drewzducks - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Crappy player, crappy coach, crappy team…next story please.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:27 PM

  4. cmb79 - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    One goal in one calender year.

    A total cap-clog of a contract.

    Gomez should be happy that this is only the first time that he’s been called out on the carpet because his total uselessness these days.

  5. vipod4ever - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Could not have happened to a better organization, fan base, and province. You can keep throwing your 24 Cups in our face, but you will be a nostalgic team for years to come unless you bring in people you care about the talent first. Imagine Blake, Bowman, and Pollack dealing with this BS that’s been happening since the ’70s. Mark this down, we will be talking about futility of Cup victories for the Habs that will rival the Leafs if this “french” first criteria isn’t changed. Top players not only hate the taxes, but they hate the atmosphere. It’s a real shame, I sat with my dad at the old Forum for 15yrs, and watched french & english players care about only hockey. Blame should be squarely placed on the French Media, who ignites this language issue. I pray that the Habs don’t end up like the Maroons.

  6. tmjm621 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    I miss brash :-( nohomo

  7. duster1982 - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    but what Montreal fans really want to know is….what language was the fight in???

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