Montreal - Apr. 28, 2011 - That was one weirdly great series. I'm full of admiration for the players who represented Montreal so well with, for the most part, guts and determination. Forget the game. I already have. So what happens next?
I once coached Geoff Molson in a friendly hockey tournament at the Bell Centre a couple of years back, before he took control of the Habs (Terry Ryan was our captain. Paul Lambert-then with the Als-was one of our shutdown defensemen. Geoff was part of the other pair. If only I knew then...). I don't know him personally but I hope he's as competitive as I'm told he is. Because as gritty and admirable as his Canadiens performed against Boston it still adds up to a first round playoff exit. And I would hope that Mr. Molson has a few pointed questions to ask of his hockey operations department.
-If Jacques Martin puts so much emphasis on special teams & goaltending and our goaltending was outstanding, our PK perfect and our power play effective, why did we lose?
-Why are we such a mediocre to lousy team 5 on 5?
-Why can everybody around the NHL, except us, see that we're a much better team when we're in attack mode rather than backing up and playing it safe?
-Why did we keep Benoit Pouliot instead of Sergei Kostitsyn?
-Why, if we had to trade Sergei, did we get nothing in return?
-Why is a young 29 goal scorer centerman named Mikhail Grabovksi a Maple Leaf instead of a Hab?
-Why was Dominic Moore not invited back?
-Couldn't we have managed our salary cap better? Jeff Halpern at $600 thou instead of Moore at 1.1m but Alex Auld at one million per?
-Why did every playoff team in the east manage to significantly improve its roster prior to the trade deadline, except us?
-Why, If we charge what we do for tickets, beer, hot dogs, parking, etc, did we end up with several million dollars of free cap space with nothing to spend it on?
-Is it true that the most significant move that Pierre Gauthier made as a GM was trading both Teemu Selanne & Paul Kariya without getting anything in return-after publicly stating to Anaheim fans that he wouldn't trade them?
-Why did we basically swap Saku Koivu for Scott Gomez?
-Why, as a resident of Philadelphia who saw NYR games more often than most NHL scouts, would Gauthier suggest or confirm that Scott Gomez, locked in at five more years and 40 million dollars, was worth trading for?
-Why should I trust Gauthier simply because Bob Gainey did?
-Why did Kirk Muller not sign a contract this year?
-Why, after losing Guy Boucher, are we about to lose Muller?
-What time is Pierre Boivin and his leaky a** leaving?