The following are excerpts from an article in Tuesday’s Vancouver Province, written by sports writer Gordon McIntyre. Big words from a guy whose favourite team hasn’t won a thing in 40 years of existence.
It’s titled “What Happened To Proud CH?” And subtitled “Habs are on downward slide, so will Canucks play down there too?”
“Maybe Roch Carrier is at this moment penning a new sequel to The Hockey Sweater, a new book about a crest-fallen Quebec boy whose mom accidentally orders a Canadiens jersey from craigslist instead of the Senators sweater he dreamed of.
The original title of Carrier’s classic novella translates as “An abominable Maple Leaf on the ice,” and at the rate his beloved Habs are going that famous ‘CH’ is getting awfully close to abominability territory too.”
“Scott Gomez, who scrapes by on $8 million US a season, has seven goals. Brian Gionta, who makes $5 million, fares a bit better with 14 goals, but Bob Gainey’s master scheme to acquire players who he thought could sneak between opposing defencemen’s legs isn’t panning out.”
“There’s a goaltending controversy, floaters are floating, the defence, outside of Andrei Markov, is a patchwork of No. 5 and No. 6 guys.”
“The one thing going for the Canadiens tonight is the Canucks manage to play down to the league’s lesser lights.”