If there was a specific moment where you can clearly see that stations like Sportsnet and TSN are clearly biased, its right now. They think they have a clear cut opportunity to bash the Habs to make Leaf fans happy but in a couple of months, you're going to see guys like Maguire backpedal and go back on his word like a little rat. They went too far with the Habs bashing this summer and they're going to look like fools and lose credibility because of it.
Well said man. How can Pierre McGuire and other TSN tools think they have better hockey clairvoyance than Bob Gainey to determine how this team will play? Because really, it's all speculation. There is very little to go one because it is a new team. Yet TSN, 80% of Hfboards etc think they can decide already, from a face test, that the Habs can't possibly be any good. It's not like the roster is filled with terrible players like some of those early 2000 Habs teams when you can clearly discern a ****** season ahead. This roster has a lot of talent.
Like you said, if the Habs resigned everyone, there would still be intense Habs bashing...just how it is. If we landed Lecavalier I bet there would be bashing on something. I remember on FA frenzy day when the Habs signed Cammalleri to snipe for Gomez, all the panel could talk about was how 'They better have chemistry!'..If the Leafs signed Cammalleri it would be praised everywhere immediately. Montreal brings in an 80 pt player and we're criticized.
Scott Gomez is named Captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Book it.
The Habs start slowly and forum members are screaming for Gainey's head in October, especially after the Canadiens fall to Ottawa 7-1 on a night that Kovy scores a hat trick. But Montreal rights itself in December as the Kostitsyn-Gomez-Gionta line establishes itself as the most dangerous in the NHL and the Habs power play leads the NHL with a blistering 24% conversion rate. Book it.
Latendresse has a breakout year playing on the second line with Patrick Marleau and Mike Cammalleri—he scores 32 goals and is named to the Eastern All-Star squad. Book it.
Habs finish the season in second place behind Philadelphia and ahead of Washington, then catch fire in the playoffs, thumping the Devils 4-1 in the quarterfinals, besting the Pens 4-2 in the Semis, and beeatch-slapping the Flyers 4-1 in the Eastern Conference finals to set up an Original-Six Cup Final with the Chicago Blackhawks.Book it.
Rookie defenseman PJ Subban leads all first-year blueliners in both goals and points and wins the Calder. Book it.
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Marian Hossa becomes the first NHL player to play on three different Stanley Cup runner-ups—in consecutive seasons. Book it.
Andrei Markov wins the Norris. Book it.
Exuberant Montreal fans celebrate the Stanley Cup by destroying 22 city buses and 58 police cars. 234 people, including 59 police officers, are injured and 206 revelers are jailed. The estimated damage cost of $23 Million easily surpasses the $10 million price tag for the 1993 Cup celebration and sets a new record for Canadian sports riots. Book it.