“Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth
Ooh, heaven is a place on earth…”
All About The Habs brings to you: the column that I, personally, have been waiting to write since the day I took this job…
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, put your trousers back on, wash off your beer showers, call your sons, call your daughters, call your friends, call your neighbors. The Montreal Canadiens have thrown the sour fridge contents months (years) after expiration date and fired Michel Therrien. The individual that broke your hearts for over four years has been dismissed on Valentine’s Day and there is an absolute lovefest consuming the city of Montreal and all across the Canadiens compass.
We all know how dismal his record has been as of late. We know how ineffective and outdated Michel Therrien’s system is. We know how blatantly insulting to our intelligence and our decency as human beings it has been to witness Therrien in action and to listen to him praise the system whenever they win and then blame “a lack of execution” when they lose. We have witnessed an arrogant bully throw his weight around when millions questioned his every move, knowing his job was safe because the general manager was his amigo. At long *censored* last, he has pulled his final straw, burned his lone standing bridge and used his last lifeline.
Even Marc Bergevin had seen enough. His idle inactivity has ceased and those banging down the door for the man to take action have heard the news with a look on their collective face like they opened that one last present under the tree, finding a 1938 official Red Ryder carbine action 200 shot range model air rifle with a compass on it.
So as the Montreal Canadiens begin to gear up for Claude Julien 2.0, we raise our glass here at All About The Habs to you; the ones that have sat there, screaming from the bowels of your lungs for this day until every last ounce of oxygen left your system and all you were left with were the echoes of the dead silence around you, beginning to believe that this day would never show its face and that the sun would not –in fact– come out tomorrow. For those of you that watched this team mistakenly choose an inept, incompetent coach that will not likely be seen behind an NHL bench ever again because his qualifications are so lacking and unfulfilling over your favorite player and the best defenceman this franchise had seen since Chris Chelios. For those of you that watched a team forced to play such an ineffective system that they could never see an individual –let alone a collective effort– provide Carey Price with the offensive support that he so direly needed.
For those of you that watched any fleeting Stanley Cup hope or dream that you were finally able to muster up over the last two decades of unimaginable purgatory that eventually went straight to hell under Michel Therrien and knowing that the window to make it happen is here and now with this being step one…
This one is for you. We salute you. We have been here with you every step of the way and we will be right at your side to see just how Claude Julien’s second tenure in Montreal unfolds. A coach that has finished top five in the league in goal scoring since 2008-09 has found his way (back) to Montreal and now we await the hopeful, fruitful results of offence that would be a shock to the system of a beast that once expected nothing less than top of the heap and beyond.
We are right here with you and we will be bringing you all the news going forwards and calling every game along the way. Your wishes, your hopes, your dreams and your prayers have fallen upon able ears on this day. Take a drink, take a breath, stand up and shout for far contrasting reasons than you had been since at least December, get “turnt” and just do what you wish. Live the natural intention of the human experience. Let yourself soak in the happiness, the energy and the positive vibes/aura all around you. As previously said, Montreal is a lovefest on this day and the party capital of Canada is not about to stop on just this day. This whole bye week just went from anxious relaxation to alleviated celebration and we are happy to share it with you.
Happy retirement, Michel. Believe anyone and everyone that tells you that you deserve it. Just look at the smiles on our faces. It will not be going away anytime soon.
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