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Got a Hab it? | 25 games left to playoffs

Posted by Jeff / February 17, 2009

In their quest for answers to this landslide season the Montreal Canadiens are having, the media and some fans have an old excuse running again: The management just does not know how to motivate players, sign players, or play players. This is clear from multiple reactions to the recently reacquired defensemen Mathieu Schneider. I'm sorry to say for once the fans and media may have it right.

We've got a talented group to say the least here in Montreal. Yet some how we can't get them fired up. Sometimes it seems like we as a organization are telling them "hey you are just subs, until the prodigal son arrives". When is that? Who is that? The constant line juggling coach Guy Carbonneau is one of the worst ideas in the history of bad ideas. The whole idea is to find chemistry. But, every time the Habs have a rough game, coach Carbonneau shuffles the deck! This is the time of the season when lines are set and teams are accelerating toward the post-season, not spiraling downward to an untimely death! Most other NHL teams who had droughts mid season(I.e. Calgary Flames) went to stacking 2 great lines to score goals inspiring the 2 other lines to maintain and defend. ( there are 4 lines in hockey) They have gone with slight adjustments along the way to gear for the playoffs. We have not gone into a game, and played a consistent line in the last 20 games at least. With 25 games left can we really jump start chemistry?

Carbonneau is to blame for only part of the problem. Like some players out there, he too has to step up and come up with an extra something. As a third year coach, he is still learning clearly I would understand if GM Bob Gainey would gave him until the end of the season [for all of you wanting him to be fired]. Remember it is said that in every aspect of life, tough times will thicken your skin. I would let him finish what he started...First, because he's dealing with a lot of players in the last year of their contracts. Some of them are afraid to be traded. Others are already thinking about July 1st. And the remaining of these soon to be free agents realize that their numbers will directly affect their contracts and the pressure could be getting to them; which seems to be doing more bad then good. Secondly, because he has proven last year that he can implement a system that works.

In the end, it's up to the players to execute the game plan. Are the players executing? Until we fall out of contention as the Senators did last year, I don't think we can tag them as losers just yet. They have a plan surely, let's not make it a case of Stanley cup or break. Lets see what happens! We could potentially still make it in 8th in the eastern conference and history could repeat itself. We'll play the Boston Bruins first round and win. What will everyone say then? Is that even possible? Please share your thoughts.

Photo taken form Habs Inside/Out blog.



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