Bertrand Raymond Article: Realistic or Typical Habs Bashing?
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06-15-2011, 03:22 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
don't agree with all of his points, but his main point, that we're dreaming if we think this franchise is anything more than a borderline playoff team, is pretty accurate.
fact is that we got eliminated in the first round, after another average regular season that saw us enter the playoffs as a road team yet again.
i have no particular love for Raymond, but it's amazing how quickly some people are to criticize him for having an opinion that really isn't that outlandish.
for an organization that is profiting as much as the habs are on the backs of their fan base, i think it's fair to say that they've benefited from a generally warm reception despite 1 good playoff run in almost 20 seasons...
even for a league with parity, that is a pretty piss poor track record for a franchise that so shamelessly touts it's "glorious" legacy all the while putting a very average product on the ice.
people may disagree, but imo PG's emotionless reaction during the playoffs points to an overall lack of organizational focus on winning. the whole "poker face" excuse is b.s, hockey is both sport and business, and apparently our organization puts more emphasis/pride on the business approach than it does on the sport approach... otherwise we'd see the team operated like the Wings, or the Lakers, or any other sports franchise where the ownership makes it crystal clear that the mandate, first and foremost, is to JUST WIN BABY.
for the habs fan base, as Raymond was pointing out, apparently it's gotten to the point where "JUST WIN" is no longer the goal b/c "Just play close to the team that makes the final" is a good enough moral victory for us.
While losing in the first round can't be considered a big disapointment given the roster we had going into the season (+ the injuries we suffered, + the inability to aggressively improve the roster in season), but that is precisely the problem. We won the conference 3 seasons ago, only to see the roster gutted and replaced with another average group...
that's good enough if the goal is to offer the fans just enough hope to keep them paying through the nose, but not nearly good enough if winning is the only option.
a franchise committed to winning would've gone after Yzerman, would've kept Boucher (even if it meant waiving good bye to the incumbent who, despite a great regular season track record, has never won anything), and would have no qualms burying a wasted roster/cap space spot like Gomez or finding a way to move a cap dud like Spacek.
winning teams/organizations finds ways/reasons to succeed, the rest search for excuses. under BG and now PG, excuses have been the name of the game.
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