Yes, the blowing up of the team, bringing in new players, and hiring Jacques Martin as coach has really done wonders.
After 56 games, this year’s more-than-disappointing bunch of underachievers has a record of 25 -25-6 for 56 points.
Last year after 56 games, the team which consisted of players cut loose such as Alex Kovalev, Alex Tanguay, Robert Lang, Tom Kostopoulos, Saku Koivu, coach Guy Carbonneau and a handful of others, had a record of 30-20-6 for 66 points. TEN MORE THAN THIS YEAR.
The year before, it was 29-18-9 for 57 points, ELEVEN MORE than this year.
And those teams, with more points than this year’s, stunk and went nowhere in the playoffs, especially last year when they were swept four straight by Boston.
The plundering of the team, the hiring of so many new guys – Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta, Moen, Spacek, Gill, Mara, Bergeron,etc. etc, has made the team worse.
And the coach, Jacques Martin, has proved to be no Guy Carbonneau. Heck, he’s not even Wayne Pypher, my coach when I was a smallish yet shifty right winger for the Orillia Byer’s Bulldozer Midgets.
Now, to play devil’s advocate with myself, and I know I shouldn’t be playing with myself, but Montreal has experienced one injury after another since game one – Markov, O’Byrne, Gionta, Kostitsyn, Mara, now Cammalleri, and a cast of thousands, and maybe even Toe Blake couldn’t do much with this team.
On second thought, maybe he could.