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03-25-2011, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post
So do we just accept mediocrity and live with it? Do we just give up on ever winning another Stanley Cup?

Lets look at the coaches we have had here since 2000.

Michel Therrien--He is now a scout for the Wild.
Claude Julien--Bruins coach.
Bob Gainey (2 part time stints)--Failed as a GM here and is now hanging out with Gauthier at Canadiens' games.
Guy Carbonneau--Coaching in Juniors.
Jacques Martin--Present day coach.

None of those coaches could win a Cup. Julien is the only one still coaching in the NHL and he will probably not win a Cup with the Bruins.

Should we have kept those coaches around? Since leaving Montreal, they have shown that they do not have the TALENT and ABILITIES to be head coaches in the NHL (with the exception of Julien).

Molson needs to take a look at history and finally decide to run away from it. For too long we have relied on the Habs stars of the past to lead this team. And it isnt working. Geoff needs to hire a coach and GM who believes in hard nosed hockey, regardless of whether they can speak French (they can always use Rosetta Stone to learn the language) or not and get away from the good ole boy network that has kept us mired in just being an average team.
How exactly has Gainey failed as a GM? He has had an excellent career and has brought the Habs back to respectability. Not even the greatest genius of hockey could have taken the team he inherited to the cup within 5 years, so considering that we should be satisfied that Gainey has turned a mediocre team that missed the playoffs consistently into a perennial playoff team.

The cup argument is extremely flawed, as it always is when judging a players, coaches, GM ect. While winning it all is an astonishing feat, it also requires a huge deal of luck and obviously theres only one team that wins it every year, each time leaving 29 other teams&coaches to fail despite their possible achievements. This is all bloody obvious, but people keep using cups as an argument despite this. Hartley won a cup as a coach, is he better than Martin? Brett ******* Lebda won a cup with the Wings, is he better than Daniel Alfredsson, Saku Koivu, Jarome Iginla and Mats Sundin?

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