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Benoit Pouliot totally saw the Canadiens’ collapse coming

Apr 11, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT

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The fall of the Montreal Canadiens this season was both startling and disappointing for fans in Quebec. One thing they won’t like hearing is that some saw it coming. What they’ll like even less is the person who saw disaster on the horizon the clearest was none other than former Hab Benoit Pouliot.

Pouliot tells D.J. Bean of WEEI’s Big Bad Blog that he knew the Canadiens’ fall from grace was coming because he saw what a mess it was first hand.

“For a guy that’s been there two years, I had seen it coming,” Pouliot said. “I think some of the other guys there would say the same thing. Just the way everything unfolded, and the way things were not only around the city but the team and everything, it was tough. It wasn’t good. Now they’re cleaning up, which is good for them. Honestly, they needed to, and we’ll see what they do.”

Nothing like kicking an ex-team when they’re down, eh?

The Habs dumped Perry Pearn, Jacques Martin, and now GM Pierre Gauthier all in the span of a season and it was Martin who coached Pouliot in Montreal. Martin is the same guy who said he lost faith in Pouliot thus leading to him finding his way out of town and on rival Boston’s roster.

Pouliot dumping on Montreal like this after they dumped out on him, perhaps legitimately so, makes for sweet revenge for the Bruins forward. Of course, Pouliot has to tread lightly as he’s had his ups and downs in Boston this year and I don’t know that many people will hammer Claude Julien for it. Leaving bridges not burned down might be in Pouliot’s best interest.

  1. nhbsfan - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I dunno if I’d call that “kicking the team while they are down”. It seems like a pretty honest assessment from someone who played there for awhile. He even says it’s good for them so they can get back on track. As a Bruins fan I hate the Habs as a rival, but the NHL is a better place with a competitive team from there. They will rebound…hockey is life up there.

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Pouliot should just keep his mouth shut and worry about keeping himself in the league for the next 5 years…

    -Wild fan

    • upyourstodd - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      If he plays the way he did this season, he will be a servicable forward for years to come. Cant argue with 30 points after his career was in the dumps.

      • nhbsfan - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        It sounds like he wants to stay in Boston too…

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      @upyourstodd
      as I agree with your post.. All I am saying is that he should focus on just that, not what has been going on in Montreal. No need to bash a previous team when your entering the playoffs, even thou he seemed very honest about it. Just stay quiet and do your job, be a pro / act like one.
      :)

      • upyourstodd - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Agreed. I guess I dont mind as much because A) Im from Boston and B) He didnt fizzle as a first round pick for my team. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, my friend.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        I have nothing against him at all. It wasn’t his fault he failed (in my eyes)

        A. should have never been drafted 4th overall but our previous GM was a complete idiot
        B. Rushed into a system he was going to fail in.
        C. Fletcher had a great trade with him for Latendresse.

  3. lordstanley65 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    It’s amazing what a guy can do with a decent squad around him.

  4. cableguymike - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    At least he didn’t pull a Recchi and chirp after he’s all ready retired.

  5. sumthinsweet - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Who is this guy again?

    • ballistictrajectory - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      He’s the guy who shows up big in game 7 this year.

  6. bbblackwell - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    I’ve read Pouliot’s comment and frankly don’t see anything there of substance.Saying that it “was tough” and “not good” means,pretty well nothing at all.Having watched virtually all of the Habs games for the last several years I always thought that one of their problems was that they had a few too many guys like Pouliot who disappeared regularly just like he also did in Minnesota.Thirty eight points for a forward who plays regularly and isn’t a shut down guy sucks big time

  7. stickontheice - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Pathetic. He was part of the reason that it was tough and not good in Montreal. he showed up twice, I think. His best game this year was against Montreal, which makes sense, because he was out to play an “I told you” game. Big statement. He has the staying power in the NHL of an already-struck match head. At least we can say “Congratulations on being awesome in junior, Benoit Pouliot.” That’s about it, though.

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