The Clock Is Ticking

As I sit here at 9:15 a.m. drinking coffee and and eating a chocolate hash brownie (it doesn’t really have hash in it. I’m reading Keith Richard’s book and I’m swept away), I realize there are only 32 days and 10 hours before the Canadiens host Dallas in their first pre-season game.

Yes, 32 days is a lot and as I post every day, I hope you don’t mind when I put up stories about the old days and hockey treasures and all that jazz. I just feel that if some readers only go as far back as Saku Koivu or even Patrick, I can fill them in a little beyond that. During the season I’m modern like crazy. Like Keith Richards.

Regardless, I feel it’s important to point something out. As the new season progresses, being at the top of the heap, in first place, isn’t all it’s cut out to be. Our Habs should pace themselves, not burn out going for number one, and just keep all the ducks in a row for the post season.

Don’t forget, Washington was number one in the east and what did it get them? A second-round exit, swept by the 6th place Lightning, and Bruce Boudreau almost ended up applying for jobs teaching English at community colleges. Boston, eventual Cup winners, which makes me nauseous just thinking about, sat in third spot in the east. Montreal was sixth.

The Vancouver Canucks also provide an excellent example. First overall, most points of all 30 teams (117), and by the time they met the Bruins in the final, they were only a shell of themselves. They were so burnt out they couldn’t even mangle Brad Marchand’s nose, even just a little. All in all, 117 points got the Canucks a second-best handle, and as they say, second-best is for losers. Or something like that.

So 32 days, and now nine hours, before it begins, and 48 days before opening the regular season against Toronto. It’s still a lot of days.

In the meantime, I’ll just carry on with old and sometimes new, and maybe the odd Keith Richards/hash brownie remark. Please hang in. Like I said, at some point I attempt to get quite modern.

As you can see, I’m feeling a little guilty.



11 thoughts on “The Clock Is Ticking”

  1. Bruce Boudreau was never in any danger of losing his job according to GM GM. This season might be different though

  2. Caps FnVA That may be the party line from the front office, but I’m sure it was tossed around ever so slightly. At least, it’s my belief. Too many disappointments equals pink slips.

  3. Hey Dennis,
    I am loving the Brad Marchand “NOSE” comment.
    Still having a good laugh.
    You know how I feel about him.
    By the way is Keith’s book good?

  4. You know Dennis as I get older and as I read something newly written on the Habs by someone everyday of the summer I can only shake my head and think of the days back in Manitoba where I would listen to a game on a crackly french radio station knowing only the players’ names and “but”. Then I would wait for the next day’s Winnipeg Tribune to read the scoring summery and hope for an accompanying write up. Seriously I don’t think there has been a day this summer when there hasn’t been something new to read, amazing. I am particularly enjoying EOTP and the top 25 under 25. It is a great look at the younger talent in the system. And keep up the good work yourself and don’t eat too many of those brownies, as guys like us get older it gets harder to stay in playing shape!

  5. Thanks Noella. By the way, and I don’t know what’s going on here, Gaston was calling your name in his sleep the other night. And yes, I’m really enjoying Keith’s book. The first several pages about his childhood weren’t great for me but when he got into sex, drugs, and rock and roll, it became quite fascinating.

  6. Dennis you provide an indispensable service of Canadiens memorabilia. I love all the priceless stuff from the glory years of the 50’s and 60’s with The Rocket, Beliveau, Harvey, etc. which I unfortunately missed. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a Canadiens fan that only goes back to the Koivu years. I’m thankful I was around for the glory years of the 70’s and for 10 Stanley Cups. Added bonus, no Leaf Cups in my lifetime.

    And if you want to meander off topic and talk about Richards and the Stones, I’m all for that too.

  7. Dishonest John, I just thank you for reading. I guess what I’m most proud of is the fact that I’ve managed since 2007 to post everyday, and I’ve done it alone. Just me. I don’t know if it will go on like this, but in the meantime I’m enjoying it very much and when I know people are reading it makes me proud and grateful. Also, I love your memories of Manitoba.

  8. Thanks Chris. You’ve been an awesome guy on this site for a long time now and I’d like to say thank you.

  9. I love the nostalgia. Keep it coming.That ad for Toe Blake’s Tavern was great.

    Being first overall in the entire league would be nice but I’ll take Stanley over that any day. I want that 25th Cup. We need our glory back. I’m tired of people snickering about us and thinking of us as a bunch of has-beens.

    Sometimes watching TV and reading certain blogs you get the feeling that people are kind of secretly glad we haven’t been that great for the longest time. I want that to change. I want us to be dangerous again and I want people to dread playing us.

    This wait is torture. This is what I hate about missing the playoffs or a first-round exit: You know the wait for next season is even worse because it’s much longer.

  10. Darth, absolutely, people thrive off us being mediocre. It’s definitely time to change and I think we are. There’s a lot of folks in this world who hate the Habs so much and it would be so great to ram it down their throats that we’re a force to be reckoned with. It’s been way too long. It’s not natural. And by the way, thanks for coming aboard. You’ve been a great addition to our little family.

  11. Thanks for the welcome Dennis. I’ve been an off and on lurker but never posted until recently. I’ll definitely stay around because I like it here and I like how positive it is here. It makes such a nice change! I love the site and it’s nice to see the love put into here. If I didn’t know better I’d say you were kind of a Habs fan. 😉

    Let’s just hope we all stay a happy family when the season in full swing!

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