Driving to my sister's place, I was listening to 98.5 with Ron Fournier, Michel Villeneuve and Mario Tremblay. It was an 'ok' discussion, but what truly hit me was when they spoke about Montreal's 30 goal scorers in the past seasons.
Looking at our team's stats, since 1996, we've had a ****ing pathetic 6 times that a player reached 30 goals scored... 6??? And nevermind that number, they've all barely reached 30 goals, even Kovalev who had a tremendous 2007-2008 season. I could easily decrease that number to 4 (take out Recchi), if we start at 1998-1999.
Mark Recchi (34-32), Zednik (31), Ryder (30-30), and finally Kovalev (35).
It's pretty sad. I don't know how much I trust Villeneuve and the gang, but they've stated we are in the bottom 3 of the league in that department. What's even more frustrating/saddening is the fact that on a mere 7 occasions, one of our players reached the 70 point mark in 14 or 15 seasons. You've gotta be kidding me!!!
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This organization will never have a superstar again. It is based on mediocrity finishing every year battling for a playoff spot with average to mediocre players. The only reason they're having success is because of the experience of the coach that has bought them into this system. This was or still is there chance to start fresh and finally obtain that offensive dynamo they haven't had since Lafleur but yet again they've chose not to tank and keep giving people false hope when all the realists know that this team has NO chance ...absolutely NO CHANCE to win a Stanley Cup anytime soon.
Stephane Richer might have become one. Saku Koivu was sensational before his first major injury.