It’s perfectly natural to want to sell a business. People do it all the time. They sell because there’s a profit to be made, or they’ve lost their enthusiasm, or they’re tired and just want to retire. And sometimes they sell because the economy is in rough shape and they need to change things a little. There’s a lot of good reasons, and I understand. I haven’t been living under a rock. I owned a restaurant once and I could hardly wait to sell it. Businesses are only good when there’s a money tree somewhere close.
But when you’re the owner of the Montreal Canadiens, and your team may or may not make the playoffs with only a few games left, and the off-season isn’t far off even if they continue on, why would you announce it now, when the team is on the bubble, when it’s make or break time? Habs for sale
Your timing, George Gillett, is indeed questionable. Questionable, selfish, and even a tad rude.
I’ve always heard that hockey is a business only. Owners buy teams to make money. But I listen to Gillett in interviews going on about how much he loves his Habs, and how it is a team of the people, of the province of Quebec, of fans throughout the world, and how important it is, and on and on. But for whatever reason, and again, it must be all about business, it turns out this isn’t a team of the people, or the province, or throughout the world. Because if it was, he would have waited. Just a couple more months max, sir. Maybe a lot less. That’s all you needed to do. Considering all the turmoil the team’s been through this season, you could have waited.
Now we hear about propective owners: Celine Dion, Serge Savard, Jim Balsillie, Guy Laliberte of Cirque de Soleil, and others. And we get wind of all this at a time when the only thing we should hear is how we’re going to beat Boston and Pittsburgh and keep the Rangers and Florida off our back.
Am I disappointed in George Gillett? I suppose not. He’s probably never been a true Habs fan, just a big fan of money. And like they say, business is business. And maybe it’s best he goes anyway. Fast. I don’t want him as owner anymore.