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The Dream Is Dead

About this year’s Montreal Canadiens?

I don’t wanna be stick boy anymore.

My idea of doing just that for one game only, thought up when I was a kid and kept alive all these years because I’m an idiot, is now dead. This team doesn’t deserve my stick boy skills.

I don’t want to ride around as a passenger on the Zamboni or be a flag boy anymore either, regardless of the fact that these things seem to be reserved for kids.  I always thought the kid thing was unfair and a slap in the face to old bastards like me.

Molson beer sucks, although it’s neither here nor there because I’ve given up drinking. But if I still drank, it wouldn’t be Molson. If I walked in to a bar and they only served Molson, I say gimme some prune juice, it’ll do the same job.

The Bell Centre sucks too, and I wouldn’t care if it sank into one of Montreal’s medium size sinkholes. There’s no memories there, maybe just the 2010 postseason, and it happened mainly because of a Slovak goaltender named Jaroslav Halak.

The Bell rocked that spring. But so would’ve the parking lot of Mundell’s Funeral Home in Orillia if the games were played there.

I’d like to say I wouldn’t care if it burned to the ground but concrete doesn’t burn well. And I’d hate to see Jean Beliveau’s old seat get torched.

And people say, oh, the wonderful Bell Centre, soaked in atmosphere! We’re looking at an ordinary rink like all the other ordinary rinks in the league, where fans for the most part sit on their hands, empty their wallets, and put up with music so loud that people in Europe shut their windows.

Have you been to the Bell Centre? If you have, you’ve probably noticed all the old photographs lining the walls in the corridors.

Guess what, kids. Those pictures are cheap photocopies. The originals, hung with pride at the mighty Forum, were auctioned off to collectors with deep pockets. There’s even some originals left if you’re interested. Big beauties sold by Classic Auctions, ready to be hung in man caves instead of the Bell Centre where they belong.

Ownership was too freaking cheap to use the originals from the Forum. Another kick in the groin to passionate fans.

Management of course sucks. Coach Michel Therrien needs to steal a propaganda poster from a North Korean hotel, and the only thing I can think of that Marc Bergevin has done well was buy out Scott Gomez.

I was proud of Bergevin that day. But you or I could’ve bought out Scott Gomez with Molson money too, so it’s not that big a deal I guess.

And I know I’ve shown the letter below a half dozen times or so, but it’s sort of related to the story and maybe some of you haven’t seen it. So I’m just going ahead and posting it because I don’t care.

And this was centre ice at the Forum, before the league mandated that all centre ice circles have the rink name wrapped around the circle to remind us where we are in case we forget.

Forum above

Below, a smaller Montreal sinkhole.




Six Big Goals Against Isles

The Canadiens would pull off a nice 6-4 win against the visiting Islanders, although they led 6-2 with just over five minutes to play.

Which brings me to this. To those at the Bell who like to sing Ole, maybe you could wait until the siren goes. Cap it all off with a nice and hearty rendition when the game is actually won. Just for a change.

I’m blaming you for making things slightly dicey as the clock wore down. I find myself thinking how Ole warblers could stick their Ole up their ole.

But all in all a fine win against a good, although obviously tired Islanders team. Six goals past Jaroslav Halak before he was finally chased, with two of the six being power play markers, which thrills me to no end.

I think I’ve discovered the true meaning of life. A good Habs power play.

PK would blast home a man-advantage marker to open the scoring in the first, and just ten seconds into the second frame, Dale Weise converted a beautiful feed from Tomas Plekanec and the boys were off and running.

Never mind that the Islanders came within one twice. A Plekanec power play blast in the second kept the team in front, and in the third period, goals from Galchenyuk (close in), DD ( a scorching shot over Halak’s shoulder), and Pleks again (after bringing the puck in from centre ice), and things looked just dandy.

Until people started singing Ole.

But all’s well that ends well. Dustin Tokarski got the win, and the number two team in the east gets whomped by the number five Canadiens.

Random Notes:

Canadiens outshot New York 35-31 and were 2/4 on the power play.

It was a full team effort, and along with Pleks, who tallied 2 goals and 2 assists, others like Jiri Sekac, Nathan Beaulieu, Brandon Prust, Christian Thomas, and PK all had moments that must have kept Sportsnet/HNIC announcer Paul Romanuk reaching for the Benylin with codeine so he could raise his weakened voice.

Romanuk called the game while under the weather, and although it wasn’t his fault, it sounded like the codeine was obviously working.

But I’m not one to criticize Romanuk. He got through it like a trooper, and I know from experience that when I wake up in the morning and have my vanilla extract, codeine, hashish, DK beer, banana, and orange juice shake, the only talking I do is to myself and I’m never able to translate. So good for him.

Tuesday the boys go up against the league’s number 1 team, the Nashville Predators.


Therrien Likes Things Drab

Geez, I hope this doesn’t hurt my stick boy chances.

What do I think about the seemingly never-ending P.K. Subban/Michel Therrien saga?

I personally believe PK drives Therrien crazy, only because Therrien is an idiot who believes PK should be harnessed and talks too much and doesn’t deserve more ice time or playing for Team Canada in the Olympics because Therrien never really grew out of his grade eight mentally or understanding that some people just have high-level personalities. Unlike him.

It’s a personality conflict that would make this coach dislike PK even if he was nothing more than his next door neighbour.

Therrien might also feel he’s getting into Marc Bergevin’s good books by not showcasing him and possibly keeping PK’s bucks from being sky-high when it’s time for a brand new contract. Kind of a brown-nosing, self-serving approach.

Why does the entire hockey world wonder what Therrien’s doing with this young stud? Because like I said, there’s a strong chance the guy’s an idiot.

And what was so wrong with PK and Price’s triple low-five?

“I always like teams who are humble” Therrien said back then when he banned the triple low-five. “It’s a team concept. It starts with that. In life, I think you have to be humble. And we have to respect the game. We have to respect the other team. And we have to respect our fans.”

PK’s personality almost certainly rubs this guy the wrong way. Something will have to give soon.

Random Notes:

My co-worker Gilles Gratton, who played goal in both the NHL and WHA, said the Canadiens wouldn’t have scored on Jaroslav Halak the other night in the shootout even if every player on the team took a turn. Halak didn’t move, the skaters waited for him to do just that, and they ultimately were confused when he stood his ground. Whereas, says Gilles, Carey Price is a slow goalie, his reflexes aren’t overly quick, he can’t react in shootouts, and if he was smaller, he wouldn’t even be in the NHL.

Ryan White And Ian Schultz Ready To Rock

Ryan White, finally back this season, with fellow right winger Ian Schultz joining him, both making their way from Hamilton.

Two gritty forwards, ready to help the team continue their roll. How great is that?

White has been out the entire year so far due to a sports hernia, and he’s been missed. This is a feisty guy who doesn’t mind tangling with much bigger opponents, and can cause serious havoc in front of the net. Schultz came from St. Louis with Lars Eller when Jaroslav Halak was sent packing, and is a tough bugger who hopefully can fit in nicely.

Now we need Andrei Markov to make an appearance.

Habs Underwhelming In Loss To Blues

You know that 60% of games the Habs need to maybe make the playoffs? The game against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at the Bell was part of the 40% they’re allowed to lose.

3-0 St. Louis. And things were going so well too.

I watched it late at night, when most of you were snuggled in your beds, and now that it’s over and I’m typing this, I realize there isn’t much to write about and I might as well hit the sack too. The Canadiens were rarely dangerous, although it started out with potential after seeing Tomas Plekanec race in on a short-handed breakaway, only to be foiled by Jaroslav Halak.

Maybe they’ll be flying, I thought.

Was I wrong.

The Canadiens provided very little on this night. There just wasn’t much oomph. From time to time someone would test Halak or miss the net in sensational fashion, but excitement was at a minimum, ticket buyers really didn’t get their money’s worth, and Jaro Halak, who had so many fine moments at the Bell as a Montreal Canadien, added a shutout to the script.

This was one of the losses in the 40% the team is allowed, and we’ll leave it at that. Now it’s onward to Boston for a Thursday night meeting with the arch-rival Bruins. How great would it be to come back strong after this non-threatening effort we saw tonight.

Random Notes:

Shots on goal St. Louis 25, Habs 19

Brian Gionta, obviously upset. threw his stick like a spear as he went to the room late in the game. Is he injured?

That’s it. No more random notes, no going on about players, no nothing. Good night.


And About That Halak For Eller And Schultz Deal

With Jaroslav Halak and his St. Louis Blues coming to town on Tuesday and our man Lars Eller playing like a man possessed, I thought I’d take a look back to when it all began, on June 17th, 2010.

Here’s my post from that day.  http://dennis-kane.com/halak-now-a-blues-brother-and-price-becomes-the-man/

I’d never heard of Lars Eller at this point.

I also babble on about how I’m not sure about the trade or Carey Price, and I give Travis Moen a bit of a shot for not getting it done because he’s not a heavyweight fighter.

Right now, is my face red. But as they say, hindsight is 20/20.

The Silence Is Deafening

Things are quiet in Habsville at the moment.

The Canadiens were vanquished by the Boston Bruins in the first round not long ago and went quietly into the night, but in 2010, we all know what we did to those two so-called favourites before eventually being dispatched by the Philadelphia Flyers. (Remember how happy we were for awhile?)

A year ago, things were cooking. Now, everything has cooled off and collecting mould.

Montreal providing thrills and spills in the playoffs wasn’t the only news a year ago. When all was said and done back then, Sergei Kostitsyn was sent to Nashville, PK Subban was a late-season call up, Benoit Pouliot signed a one year, $1.45 million contract, Tomas Plekanec inked a six year deal worth 30 million, and Jaroslav Halak was shipped to St. Louis, making Carey Price the undisputed number one goalie which turned out to be just fine.

This year at this time? William and Kate got hitched, Bin Laden was erased, Stephen Harper won a majority government, Boston is up two games to nothing over the Flyers, Tampa Bay is also up two games to Washington and just may be the ones to get Caps coach Bruce Boudreau fired, and Vancouver fans still don’t know if they should be on or off the bandwagon.

But Habs news? This isn’t normal.