Saturday, April 07, 2007

How to break a sports fan's heart

How could you, Les Boys? I believed in you. I thought you could do it, and you lose to the Maple Leafs during the last game of the regular season and surrender 8th place.
For all my loyalty, I will get no play-off hockey this year, not even a first-round loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
On behalf of Habs fans everywhere tonight: Ugh!


Faraz said...

My condolences...

It was sad. That late 2nd period penalty turned the momentum completely.

All the best this summer, insha-Allah.

M said...

The third period was heartbreaking, especially after the beautiful second period rally. All the way enshaAllah next season :)

noha said...

It's precisely the second period rally that made me so sad. Before that, I had resigned myself to the fact that they would lose, but after the 4 second period goals, my hopes were back up, and then - BAM! - out.
Sometimes I think the Canadiens like to toy with their fans expectations :(

Next season, I hope we don't have Aebischer, Niniimaa, Samsonov, Kovalev (he'll be really hard to get rid of) and hope we still do have Koivu, Markov, Souray (although only at a reasonable price), and all our talented young core gets good minutes. We'll see what Gainey does in the off-season.

Now that Montreal is out, I'm jumping on the Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Band-wagon. Does this make me a bad Ottawan (seeing as how Pittsburgh and Ottawa play each other in the first round)? Probably

Faraz said...

I'm a terrible Ottawan when it comes to hockey... six years, and I've never really rooted for the Sens ever. I think it's just because I don't like Heatley or Alfredsson. Living in Vancouver hasn't made me much of a Canucks fan, though I expect them to make some noise in these playoffs.

Samsonov will probably be bought out, but I think Kovalev will probably still be around next year. He terribly underperformed this year. Even if he did nothing all year until the last week, and pushed this team to the playoffs, I would've been happy to see him back. But he's supposed to be the guy that comes through when you most need him, even if he's invisible the rest of the year... so if he's not coming out even in the last week of a tight playoff race, he's pretty much expendable. Either way, I think he'll be around until his contract expires.

I would most like to see some coaching changes. Maybe keep the current crew around, but bring in a veteran coach with a proven system to guide Carbonneau.. because really, i don't think he knows what he's doing defensively (in spite of being one of the best defensive forwards.. after all, being the best player of all time hasn't made Gretzky a good coach.)

noha said...

Faraz, I agree with pretty much everything you said. I stuck up for Kovalev all year on the "he'll come up big in the play-offs" premise, but the problem of course is that his lack of production (and lack of effort on most nights) is a big reason why there ARE no play-offs. I'd really like to see him moved, but I don't think anyone will eat his contract for us.
In terms of coaching, my heart says lose Carbo, but my mind says wait. The reason: it's the easiest thing to do to "relieve the coach of his duties". Then the players don't own up to any responsibility. You're right, he doesn't know what he's doing defensively, and they REALLY REALLY need a coach just for the D, because they're BAD on most nights. But maybe give him another chance to be the head coach? He is a rookie after all, and how many of the coaches we've had seemed to be inadequate in Montreal only to succeed elsewhere (Vigneault, Julien (all except for the whole "getting fired" thing), Therrien (but then if I was coaching Crosby, Maalkin and Staal, I'd probably do a pretty good job too). Anyway, the point is, I think we need some stability, so despite the fact that I actually dislike Carbo, I'm willing to give him another chance. But I would have loved a coach like Maurice in TO. He really knows how to get the most out of his players. And we NEED a coach for the D.