It seems that some people in Montreal aren’t happy that Saku Koivu passed on the annual Montreal Canadiens golf tournament and stayed in Finland to continue working out with a Finnish hockey team to prepare for the season.
People are complaining on talk shows. La Province sports writer Bertrand Raymond agrees with these people and says Koivu isn’t on the list of great Habs captains.
The story broke earlier today in the National Post in an article by Dave Stubbs, and I have a couple of small thoughts on the subject.
Much of the Montreal media shouldn’t be media, they should be divorce lawyers. And the fans complaining shouldn’t be fans, they should be laying in a crib sucking on a bottle. What do they want? Do they want Saku to play some leisurely golf, or be ready to lead the team through a pressure cooker season and playoffs and onward to a Stanley Cup, by continuing his training?
Tomas Plekanec, the Kostitsyn brothers, Roman Hamrlik, and Jaroslav Halak stayed in Europe too.
And Georges Laraque remained in Edmonton, saying he doesn’t golf and he detests the sport.
But Koivu gets the heat because he’s the captain. It doesn’t seem to matter about his charities, or his talent, or his coming back from cancer and a serious eye injury. It only matters that people in Montreal have found a new thing to complain about, this one being golf.
He missed a golf game so he’s a rotten bastard. The French-speaking media and the local crybabies are stirring the pot because Saku’s not from Trois Rivieres or the Gaspe. If these people had their way, the entire Montreal Canadiens roster would be born and raised not far from the St. Lawrence Seaway.
It probably wouldn’t even matter if the team did well or not. As long as everyone came from Quebec.
Why can’t people in Montreal just sit back and be ready and excited about the upcoming season? Why is it that every year there are such ridiculous controversies that swirl around the team. Great teams have Europeans and English and French, all passing the puck around to each other and sharing in big goals.
Are these idiots the reason other players opt out of coming to Montreal, like Daniel Briere and Brendan Shanahan?
And why would Mats Sundin want to endure this?
I find it just unbelievable that people who say they’re Habs fans would want to inflict such damage over a golf game.