So Molson will play the role of George Steinbrenner and tell Gauthier when to trade?
Well, we don't really know what's going on, but we fired Pearn, then Martin, this is pretty much part of the cycle. Coach is often the first one out, because its the easiest change to make. GM comes next.
Even if I am wrong, I don't think Gauthier will try to trade away our future now, anyways.
I hate this entire management. They preach nothing but uncreative, SOFT, sloppy, boring play. They've embarrassed me (and I'm sure others) as a fan, they've embarrassed the CH, they've embarrassed the history this teams has built up, and its all swirling down the porcelain convenience.
On paper, our team isn't that bad, but the fact that they built a team for a style that doesn't fit them is mind-boggling. I think the future looks decently bright, considering we have a good crop of young talent both in and approaching the NHL, but I fear our HORRIBLE pro scouting and player development will ruin it. I can stomach PG for the rest of the year because (at least I hope) they're taking their time to find the best GM candidate out there, but if next year is more of the same, I might rip the hair out of my head.
The Habs approach is too reactive to be successful. They never try to dictate the pace of the game, they always try to counter their opponents' strategy. This is why we play to our opponents level so much, and that's why we often beat teams we shouldn't and lose to teams we should beat. The system the Habs use DOES NOT work in the modern NHL and if I can see that, why can't professional hockey management see that?
I'm usually a very big optimist but I feel nothing but cynicism about this team. No team in the NHL fears us, either for our offense or for physical reasons. We are a team of pushovers and its all management's fault. I can't blame Cunneyworth because clearly he's just a babysitter for the team and he's been handcuffed by Management from putting his stamp on the team. I feel bad for him.
No wonder many NHL players say they love to play at the Bell Centre, its so easy to gain the zone, plus if you lose the puck, don't worry! The Habs will give it right back to you with a useless dump in without any forecheck.
Sorry everyone I just needed to vent.
P.S. I know we faced Chicago tonight, but that's no excuse. This has been going on for way too long.
The only way we would even be able to get Radulov would be if we traded Kostitsyn at trade deadline, as well as wait for Radulov's contract in Russia to expire. Then and only then we can get Radulov to play.
He left for Russia when he was still under contract with Nashville so I highly doubt the fact that he has a KHL contract will stop him. If you remember the NHL and KHL had a huge spat over the disrespect of interleague contracts. Also, Nashville does not have any bargaining power when it comes to trading Radulov's rights given his history. He can be had for much less than AK.