Come on Canadiens, Enough is Enough

Photo: Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo: Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

I can’t believe I’m finally saying it, but the Canadiens have driven me to my breaking point. For years I have put up with the bullshit of the Canadiens, be it the mandatory French coaching controversy of the nightmare 2011-2012 season, the Pierre Gauthier era, where he nearly destroyed the franchise, Geoff Molson’s reluctance to involve himself anything team related, with the exception of his beer sales at the Bell Centre, the team’s garbage bin diving for waiver pick-ups, the gross mismanagement of assets, Therrien‘s favoritism of subpar, “grinding” players with no real goal scoring ability, and Marc Bergevin’s inability to make significant moves. I could go on, but that would waste time, the point remains, I have been loyal to le bleu, blanc, et rouge, and being in Ottawa, that isn’t easy sometimes. Although I didn’t have to experience the real dark days of the mid 90’s to mid 2000’s, there have been rough times, yet I stay a fan. Why? Because being a Canadiens fan is about loyalty, commitment, and a dedication to success, and while I don’t have the same expectations of fans that grew up in the Canadiens dynasty, I do see, along with many others, that the current Canadiens have the most talented roster they have had since the last Stanley cup win in 1993. That brings me to the point of why I am writing this.

Photo: Ivanoh Demers, La Presse

Photo: Ivanoh Demers, La Presse

As Montreal slides and slides, it is obvious that changes need to be made, and made quickly, before this season becomes one of, if not the most embarrassing in the club’s history. When Marc Bergevin addressed the Montreal media last week, I foolishly believed that he would confirm those changes were on their way, or at least being discussed. However, I was shocked, as many fans were, when all Bergevin confirmed was the vote of confidence in head coach Michel Therrien. It is not so much the vote of confidence in Bergevin’s best bud Therrien that has set me off, it is that the confidence vote all but confirmed no changes will be made. Look, I’m not an NHL executive, nor am I qualified to be, but when your team wins 4 games out of their last 22, MAKE A GOD DAMN CHANGE. I don’t care what it is, a firing, a trade, whatever, all I ask, and I bet a lot of fans are asking for is an acknowledgement that something in the Montreal Canadiens system is broken. By standing pat and giving the leader of your team the thumbs up, is essentially admitting defeat, as well as turning the most storied franchise in hockey history, maybe even in sports history into a joke.

So I hope you are proud of yourselves, I still am loyal to the Canadiens, and I can’t imagine myself ever not being a habs fan, but, Marc Bergevin, Michel Therrien, and Geoff Molson are doing a fine job at convincing me not to be.

It is a sad thought, but when I am in Montreal to see the game against Calgary in March, my only hope is they won’t embarrass themselves.

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