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Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens




The record will show the 2017-2018 season for the Montreal Canadiens ended in a 37-second stretch of the second period of a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 18.

One-time Hab Ron “Hollywood” Hainsey scored Toronto’s first goal at 12:07 and Nasty Nazem Kadri followed that with one at the 12:44 mark — and the only thing left was for Toronto media darling Auston Matthews to pad his stats with a couple of garbage-time goals.

Toronto 6, Montreal 0, season over — and quite possibly the tenure of GM Marc Bergevin along with it, because in Bergevin’s sixth season at the helm, the Canadiens are on the 2018 draft lottery express.

It’s still early, but NHL wisdom has it if you aren’t in a playoff spot by American Thanksgiving, you’re in trouble. And the Canadiens aren’t even close, five points out as of this writing, with a bunch of teams between them and a playoff spot. As my mentor Stu Cowan pointed out Saturday, the simple truth is they aren’t very good.

Predictably, the lesser minds on social media were drooling over their keyboards following yet another blowout loss Saturday night, cursing departed coach Michel Therrien and the P.K. Subban trade — though neither Therrien nor The Trade has the least thing to do with this team’s struggles.

Shea Weber has been everything he’s supposed to be, a tower of power, an intimidating force, a leader. The problem is that on defence, the drop-off in talent after Weber is spectacular. The Canadiens this season could have had a Big Three of Weber, Andrei Markov and Mikhail Sergachev. Instead, it’s Weber, Kneel and Pray.

Whatever the approach was that Bergevin took to signing Markov and Alexander Radulov, it resulted in the CH losing both players: Bergevin, with $8.5 million left in the kitty, came up a day late and a dollar short. Markov went back to Russia to play for Kazan, and Radulov signed with Dallas.

Up front, that meant the Canadiens lost size, muscle and scoring ability. An undersized crew of forwards seems even smaller without the bull-like Radulov out there breathing fire and daring opposing defencemen to try to move him off the puck. The only remaining forward with any size, Max Pacioretty, plays like he’s 5-foot-6 and 135 pounds. The Canadiens lead the league with 36.6 shots per game but rank next-to-last in goals per game, because only Brendan Gallagher, Andrew Shaw and Paul Byron drive the net.

But the pain has been felt more on the blue line. Markov’s intelligence and puck-moving skills are second to none. He was the glue throughout his Canadiens career. Without him, the defence has simply fallen apart. Sergachev, the superb young talent who might have replaced Markov, was instead dealt to Tampa for Jonathan Drouin. Not a bad trade on the face of it, but when you combine the loss of Sergachev and Markov with the deal that sent Nathan Beaulieu shuffling off to Buffalo and Alexei Emelin lost in the expansion draft, you have a problem.

You can see what Bergevin was thinking. He thought Karl Alzner wouldn’t skate like he was toting a VW on his back. He thought Jeff Petry and Jordie Benn would play at a level comparable to last spring. He thought David Schlemko would actually play some hockey games.

Add all this to a lack of snipers up front and yet another mysterious soap opera of a Carey Price injury and you’re in real trouble.

The narrative that has Bergevin’s entire tenure as a series of blunders is a steaming pile of horse manure. Bergevin accomplished a great deal for the Canadiens. He quickly changed a poisonous organizational culture and led the Habs to the Eastern Conference final in 2014. He might even have won a Stanley Cup that spring, if not for the Chris Kreider Crash. And no matter what the cult members are saying, the Weber trade was at worst a push.

On balance, Bergevin has had some good moves and some bad ones — but this off-season was his undoing. He took a pretty good team and turned it into a bad team. Across the board, the stats say this is a failure. Barring a miraculous turnaround, it’s going to be all but impossible for owner and president Geoff Molson to bring his GM back.

Who replaces Bergevin if he goes? I would hire the same individual I would have hired in 2012, my Greenfield Park homie Julien BriseBois. BriseBois, who cut his teeth in the NHL in the Canadiens front office, has had six more seasons learning at Steve Yzerman’s elbow as they built the Tampa Bay Lightning into an offensive juggernaut that is now the league’s most exciting team.

BriseBois’s primary asset? He’s smart. People seem to think because he never played in the NHL, he can’t do the job — but I’ll take brains over a playing resumé any day. If you object to that approach, may I remind you neither Francis Joseph Aloysius Selke nor Samuel Patterson Smyth Pollock played a game in the NHL, yet their names are on the Stanley Cup a total of 21 times.

Brains matter. Hire BriseBois, Geoff. Before someone else beats you to the punch.

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 Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins



Bust out your best Frank Sinatra vinyls, because the Boston Bruins are on to New York, New York.  Coming off a solid victory against a tough opponent, can the Bruins win their first set of back-to-back games?

Jeremy Jacobs may be Chairman of Board when it comes to the Boston Bruins.  But in music fans’ hearts, there’s only one Chairman of the Board, and that is Ol’ Blue Eyes.  But, setting music aside for the moment, there’s some life in the Boston Bruins!

The Bruins are coming off a victory against the Minnesota Wild, a respectable Western Conference opponent with a Vezina-caliber goalie.  The Bruins played tough, physical hockey.  They used their unique combination of size, speed, and skill to score 5 goals en route to a 5-3 win.

The Bruins now find themselves at 6-4-3 (15 points).  For a team so depleted by injuries to still be keeping their heads above water, it’s starting to become impressive.  Now, if only the team can string together performances like they had on Monday night against Minnesota, that will be something to get really excited about.  The Bruins have 2 or 3 games in hand over most of the teams in front of them in the standings, and at 15 points, they’re right in the mix.

The Bruins opponents tonight are the Blueshirts from Broadway, the New York Rangers.  Another team like Minnesota that has all the talent in the world, yet is off to a disappointing start to the season.  Sitting at 7-7-2 (16 points), the Rangers are another team that have failed to gain any momentum from game to game.  Questions have arisen as to whether the window has closed on the Rangers and the Henrik Lundqvist era.  The undeniably elite goalie’s crown has tarnished a bit over the past few seasons.

The curtain goes up on this show at 8:00 pm tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.  The game will be featured on NBC Sports Network as their national Wednesday Night Rivalry game.  You can listen on 98.5 The Sports Hub if you’re so inclined.
What to watch for

The players in the Bruins lineup appears to remain the same from the Minnesota game on Monday.  However, the lines have a slightly different look about them:

All of the forward line combinations remain the same.  However, the 3rd and 4th lines appear to be flipped.  That may just be nothing, or it could mean Jake DeBrusk, Jordan Szwarz, and Frank Vatrano are in for less minutes tonight.  A lot of people were praising Matt Beleskey’s performance in the last game.  If you read our page consistently, you know I’ve taken a different approach to #39.

The Bruins need to be on the lookout for speedy and skilled players like Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello, and J.T. Miller.  All of them can easily get past the defense at any moment.  Given the Bruins proclivity for giving up breakaways recently (4 in the last two games, 2 of them shorthanded), it’s a growing concern.  However, the two Zs also sport some hefty minus ratings, meaning the Bruins could take advantage of them on the ice.

Three or four years ago, a match-up between King Henrik and Tuukka Rask would be a battle of elite goalies.  However, King Henrik’s crown doesn’t fit so well anymore, and people constantly question whether Tuukka is an elite goalie (hint:  he is).  However, even with both getting longer in the tooth, this could still be an epic goaltending match-up.