It's also a whole lot about how we see things. Yep, I guess we all didn't like the Therrien hiring....But doing great in his 1st year is not what's really at stake here. Players always get their act together, if they have the talent to do so (see Calgary), with a new coach. Therrien's "talent" will need to show in the playoffs and in the following years. Bergevin will need to show his talent as this team progresses. We NEED to be a cup contender from now on. That was my biggest beef about the past administration, that we were just building a team to be playoff contender. Enough of that, we now have the talent to go far....LET'S GO FAR. And every player on this team has that new goal now and will be judge as such. DD will need to show he could be a big time player. Pleks can't be too girlie, Price elevating his game in the playoffs, not only by playing well but by bringing us further etc...Everybody needs to be one or two steps better. So we were wrong in this regular season...doesn't mean we will in the playoffs....or next year or in a couple of seasons. But it's better being wrong when the outcome is what it is now. See, being wrong is not too far from being right either. We LOVED the Cole acquisition. Called it EXACTLY what this team needed. It lasted....1 year. Ryder, the player, is not EXACTLY what this team needed and then...yes it did. In the end, only the end-result counts. Fans shouldn't be too hard on themselves. 'Cause if the ones who are paid a whole lot do make their share of mistakes...we are allowed to do it as well.
I thought Montreal could be better than last year but probably fall short of a playoff spot. I also thought that if Montreal could not make the playoffs then they should be serious sellers and play the younger kids / call ups more to give them some experience and effectively tank and get a great draft pick ( imagine a Subban - Jones pairing!!! )
It is not the Leafs loss, it is more that we are 7-6 in our last 13, and I am seeing some regression generally, and not unexpectedly.
Still very happy with Habs progress, but I hate to say this: Over 82 games, the Habs may well have drafted 15th. Now they will likely draft 25th. In a huge draft year.
In other words, last year we drafted much higher than we deserved, and this year we will draft much lower than deserved.
I agree that some regression was inevitable. We all knew we'd hit a bumpy stretch of road at some point - and here it is. But how significantly do those last few games define the team? Why does a mini-slump extrapolate into an entire second-half slide? That sounds more like post-game hangover than objective analysis.
I don't see last night's game defining the team at all. They started off doing everything right and were dominant, as usual. Good forechecking, good chances. As usual. And then we made a strategic error of pulling the goalie in the first two minutes. Seriously... four goals, five shots... bizarre doesn't begin to describe it. The only person qualified to define last night is Rod Serling (thank you in advance for getting the reference).
Look, I'm as frustrated as anyone right now. Price needs to run some internal diagnostics. But this team has proven itself of beating everyone anytime. They've had a handful of bad games, no more. Last night was about two things: 1) Price losing his focus. 2) Habs losing their cool.
-I'll admit I was wrong to think that MB should have moved a second rounder (and even maybe a prospect) to add a second pairing D (of course if he had and Emelin didn't go down, who knows?)
-I was wrong in wanting the Sens instead of the Leafs. I watched the Sens come back against the Bruins and was pleased. In retrospect, I think we would have taken the Leafs, assuming again that we weren't bitten by the injury bug like we were in this series. On the bright side, if we did meet the TMLs and lost, it would be a much harder pill to swallow right now.