Mathieu Schneider’s a Hab.
What, you say all they’ve done is go out and get a long-in-the-tooth veteran with his best days behind him?
But if that’s what Bob Gainey could get for now, then that’s what we get. Because, aside from Andrei Markov, the others aren’t getting the job done. Roman Hamrlik, Mike Komisarek, Francis Bouillon, Josh Gorges, Patrice Brisebois, Mathieu Dandenault, and Ryan O’Byrne haven’t been good on a nightly basis, not even close. So Schneider has to help. How could he not?
Even a small shakeup for a fragile team like Montreal is a big shakeup. Ruffle some feathers. Wake somebody up. It becomes more of an incentive than any coach’s talk, or night of bowling, or pointing of fingers. Maybe it’s just the beginning of a few more deals in Montreal. And as a result, players may suddenly show some passion in their play because they know they’re on the bubble.
So I think Mathieu Schneider will help the Montreal Canadiens. He’s a solid, rushing, good-skating defenceman with lots of experience. He could be a welcomed addition to the struggling power play. And he knows about the pressure of playing in Montreal.
Something had to be done. This is a good start.