Although I think Bob Gainey is an intelligent, thoughtful man, I’m here to set him straight.
Gainey says Canadien fans should be a patient bunch. Doesn’t he realize who he’s talking to here?
You want patience? We haven’t won the cup since 1993. That’s about a hundred years ago.
We’re not Toronto Maple Leafs fans, Bob. They haven’t seen their team win the cup since 1967, and they don’t even seem to mind. They just keep buying tickets, for whatever reason. But we’re different. We want a cup every year. Every single year. We need it. It’s our right. And it’s been sixteen really shitty years.
And you want us to be patient?
The news seems grim. Gainey admits now that the pursuit of a big centreman is on hold, mainly because Tampa Bay seems to have no intention of letting go of Vincent Lecavalier, who pretty well happens to be the big centreman Gainey alludes to. And Bob says the pursuit of any big centreman could drag on for months.
But I also have news for Gainey, whom I admire and respect. The Habs need more than just a big centreman. Is Montreal ready to break the bank to get a big centreman and forget that they also need at least one dynamic defenceman, a second-line power forward, and maybe even a veteran goalie to come in and teach Carey Price how to become an NHL star?
Gainey wants to re-sign Alex Kovalev, Mike Komisarek, and probably Saku Koivu, Mathieu Schneider, and Alex Tanguay, and look to bring back others such as Chris Higgins, Tomas Plekanec, and Guillaume Latendresse.
This is all great news, this attempt at bringing back most of last year’s team. But you saw the way Pittsburgh and Detroit looked in the Stanley Cup finals, along with Washington, Boston and others in the playoff this year. All had much more to offer in their lineup than the Canadiens did. That’s why, even though a big centreman like Lecavalier would be a beautiful thing, there’s also a few other holes that need to be filled.
Maybe Gainey’s right; we have to be patient. But doesn’t he realize who he’s talking to?