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Canucks and Habs 2016: False Report

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For the sake of sensation, readership, listenership or worse, filling an agenda against a General Manager whom some can’t stand and want fired, there are individuals both in the media and amongst a fan base who will take a rumour and make it sound like a fact. Why? Because it fits their agenda when they have an axe to grind, and/or it makes for good publicity for them.

A typical example of that came out this past week when Elliott Friedman, in his 31 Thoughts: The Podcast, made the following statement:

“There was a chance that the Canucks would get P.K. Subban but the problem was that Pierre-Luc Dubois was not going to fall to Vancouver’s pick, because Montreal knew that Columbus was going to take him. If Montreal believed that Dubois was going to be available at five, P.K. Subban could have been a Vancouver Canucks.”

That’s all Friedman said on the podcast. Well someone, somewhere – including danslescoulisses.com – brought back a Friedman article from June 24, 2016 and presented it as current. In the translation, they insinuate that Marc Bergevin declined an offer from Canucks’ GM Jim Benning which would have included Bo Horvat, Chris Tanev and the fifth overall pick for Subban. It didn’t take more for the vultures to take this false news and run with it and unfortunately, because they presented it as facts, people believed it.

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However, as few reporters do in today’s day and age, someone by the name of Jeff Veillemette went straight to the source and pulled out Friedman’s 2016 30 Thoughts.

You see the difference? There is no way that Benning would be crazy enough to offer that package for Subban and Bergevin being stupid enough to decline it. If anything, it might be what the Canadiens were asking the Canucks for Subban, had Dubois fallen to number five overall… but I’m convinced that Vancouver wouldn’t have done it.

The morale of the story is that before jumping to conclusions, get to the source folks and beware of those who have a #FireBergevin hashtag in their tweets. Chances are that they will believe anything and everything, even twisting things to make them fit their agenda, and they will present them as facts. Now if someone brings this up again, you can point them to this article. Go Habs Go!

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David Poile: The Myth

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Montreal Canadiens’ General Manager Marc Bergevin often says that the goal of a NHL team is to make the playoffs as once you do, you never know what can happen. Nashville Predators’ GM David Poile likely agrees as his team experienced it just last Spring, when they qualified for the last Wild Card spot at the very end of the season. We know the rest: the Preds made their way all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, only to be ousted by Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

So far this season, Poile’s Predators are riding the wave as they sit second in the Central Division behind the Winnipeg Jets, and are considered one of the top contenders in the Western Conference.

Poile has done a good job assembling his team, no doubt. He recently added three centres, by trading Seth Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen, signing UFA Nick Bonino to replace retired captain Mike Fisher and more recently, trading two of their top prospects in Samuel Girard and Vladislav Kamenev, as well as a second round pick for Kyle Turris in a big three-way deal with Colorado and Ottawa.

Director of Player Personnel Jeff Kealty and Director of Player Development Scott Nichol deserve a lot of credit for allowing their GM to have the assets to trade to acquire key players. On defense alone, guys like Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Seth Jones, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Samuel Girard all come from the Predators’ pipelines, with Weber getting credit for helping develop several of them while with the Preds.

Perspective needed

In Montreal however, many people seem to see things differently than anywhere else. Whether it’s based on frustration in anticipation of not seeing the Canadiens make the playoffs, or because of a fan-favourite having been traded, there seems to be a level of frustration which appears to prevent a lot of the rational thinking that should be expected from a hockey city. Some fans, and even members of the media, in their haste to hang Bergevin, are putting Poile on a pedestal, washing his feet with the most expansive perfumes. They worship the ground he walks on, due to a season and a half.

Poile is a very good GM, there is no denying that. He has made some good moves, and some not so good ones during his career. His recent work seems to be paying dividends though and that’s what people in Montreal seem to solely be focussing on. Remember folks, one needs to take a step back to differentiate the forest from the tree.

In fact, the 2017-2018 season is David Poile’s 40th NHL season as an assistant-GM or GM, and his 35th year as GM of a team. That’s a long time and he deserve praise for being able to last this long in pro sports. However, people don’t seem to recall that the teams he has managed have only made it past the second round of the playoffs TWICE in that time span, in 1990 with the Capitals and last year with the Predators! Yes, twice in 40 years. Everything in perspective folks…

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Price Story: Embarrassing for Montreal

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We’re used to it as every season it seems, someone, somewhere, in the traditional media, is claiming something about someone in the Montreal Canadiens’ organization that is totally off the charts. Whether it be the so-called story of then coach Michel Therrien stating out loud that Max Pacioretty was a bad captain, the rants of Brendan Kelly in the Montreal Gazette grinding his axe, or stories of night life in the City, it seems like some of those “reporters” are seeking sensation, viewership or readership at all costs. Anyone remember “the darkest day in history” about the Kostitsyn brothers?

It’s nothing new, we even touched on the topic a while ago on this blog. Well this time Montreal, you have reached a new low and Angela Price, the Canadiens’ goaltender’s wife, took Instagram by storm with a statement that really, she should have never had to make to start with!

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After a claim by controversial Rejean Tremblay, who stated that Misses Price wanted out of Montreal or she was threatening to leave her husband Carey Price, Angela had read and heard enough! She took advantage of her popularity to slam Tremblay in the teeth, taking any credibility the old goat might have had with it, by publishing a picture of her and her husband, happy and in love, as she completely denied the so-called claim.

This is just plain shameful and to be perfectly honest, a total embarrassment to all Habs’ fans around the country, around the world. Stories like this one, which I named “Potinage Artistique” in French (potin meaning gossip), should never have legs yet, they are made on so-called reputable media outlets in and around town.

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Michel Villeneuve got fired from a radio station for threatening the Canadiens several months ago. When will Tremblay run out of platforms to belittle and attack everything surrounding the team against which he holds a grudge ever since the Habs since they denied him the rights to use the team colours for his series “Lance et Compte” way back when? Enough is enough and fans, readers and viewers have to start standing up against this non-sense!

I have personally thrown the Rejean Tremblay and Brendan Kelly’s of this world out the window into the street a long time ago. The Montreal Gazette’s sports pages are only good to protect the bottom of  bird cages ever since reputable journalist Dave Stubbs left them to work for the NHL and I will soon follow suit with anyone giving Tremblay a platform to spread his self-serving hater against the team that I love. I happen to think that more should do the same but to each their own.

The ripple effect

People are wearing blinders if they think for a second that such situations don’t have a ripple effect around the NHL. As if having the highest tax bracket in North America, living in a place where a foreign language is predominant, never ending road construction and winters, or the fishbowl effect of constant scrutiny by herds of media and fans wasn’t enough, players decide between that and a quiet lifestyle making as much if not more money. Think about it for a second. Take the rose glasses off and ask yourself: where would YOU want to play at the same contract if given a choice?

Oh some players will do it anyway, but you better believe that this will come at a premium as at equal salary, players are more likely to pull a Radulov and play under the hot sun of Texas, away from this circus and the clowns spreading crap like the Price story.

But hey, let’s fire Marc Bergevin as ultimately, it’s all his fault right, axe grinders? Go Habs Go!

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Rumour Blogging for Dummies

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Do you ever feel like everyone around you has NHL scoops? Get the feeling that you’re the only one without sources about rumours? Feeling unpopular and bullied? Do you like role play? Feel the need to be popular and appreciated? It’s easy. Become a Rumour Blogger!

Rumour blogging is becoming more and more popular, as shown by the number of them coming out of the woodworks in the past couple of years. Move over Eklund, you have company, as more regular Joe’s want to take advantage of people’s naïve nature to make themselves look important!

But how does someone become a Rumour Blogger? I’ve created an easy to follow, step by step guide to help you do just that. Try it, it’s really simple!

 

  • Create a username. Don’t use your real name and ensure no one finds out, at all cost;

 

  • Get a Twitter account. A web site to post on is preferable, especially if you can edit at a later date, but optional;
  • Find at least one big, gullible and desperate fan base and focus on them mostly, especially when you’re in dire need of attention;

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  • Proper spelling is preferred, but not crucial as people are so desperate for juicy rumours, that they will overlook the fact that GM’s, scouts or other personnel would want their message written by an illiterate;
  • Don’t give too much information. The more info you give, the higher the risk of getting caught in a lie;
  • Be vague, yet leave some meat on the bone;
  • Tell your followers not to believe everything that’s out there, but insist that they should trust YOU as you’re not like others;
  • Once in a while, make something up to be the first to come out with that rumour, so that people don’t think you’re stealing from others. You’ll be surprised to see how many others will say they’ve heard the same thing;
  • Come up with a rumour quoting one source, and then contradict that rumour a few days later saying you got information from another source. You can’t lose that way;
  • Often mention that you can’t divulge your source not to burn them or compromise their job;
  • Agree with some other rumours, other times say that you haven’t heard that;
  • Pretend to have appointments with your sources, meeting, phone calls. This will bring credibility to the untrained eye;
  • Often use the line that most rumours don’t result in trades. People can defeat that no matter how hard they try;
  • Make sure to use the canned answers: “Cap space can be cleared” and “don’t shoot the messenger”. It’s an easy cope out of difficult situations when confronted;
  • If they catch you in a lie, ask them why they’re following you if they don’t want to believe;
  • Tweet something immediately after a traditional media or another insider. If someone challenges you, pretend you didn’t see it or that you have the same info, so it must be true;
  • Re-tweet everyone who agrees with you. While it may not add to your credibility, showing the world that some are gullible to believe you will make you feel better;
  • Make sure to piggy back what others are reporting, especially if it’s more than one. You wouldn’t want to be left out if it were to materialize;
  • Always claim to have a source better than your other ones. This will bring more attention to yourself when you feel the time is right, like at the trade deadline or at the amateur draft;
  • When a trade actually happens, pretend to have predicted it. People are lazy and won’t go check, some will concur;
  • And remember that the more crap you throw on the wall, some will eventually stick!

 

While I’ve created this guide in good humour, don’t think for one second that it isn’t true. GM’s and team officials don’t reveal information to that many people. Very few are legitimate and all claim to be the ones to be trusted.

In conclusion, I highly suggest you read The story of Dallas Dave, a Rumour Blogger who, after reaching some success, decided to come clean. Great story!

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Patrick Roy as Habs GM? Say It Ain’t So!

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The setting is 1985. The Montreal Canadiens have their farm team in my hometown, Sherbrooke, Quebec. They have a line-up of good young players, a blend of speed, skills and character. Coached by Pierre Creamer, the baby Canadiens sneaked into the playoffs through the back door with a 37-38-5 record… until the team called up a couple of junior aged players once their team was eliminated, to join for a Calder Cup run. In those ranks, there was a young prospect goaltender who had just finished his junior career with a 5.55 goals against average for the Granby Bisons of the QMJHL. 

That young goaltender was Patrick Roy, in case such details slipped your mind. With the help of other junior aged player Stephane Richer, Roy was instrumental in the playoffs, stealing the job from young veteran Greg Moffett (who?) in leading the team to the AHL supremacy, bringing the Calder Cup to Sherbrooke. I know, I was a young man in the stands, cheering him on.

The following season, Roy defeated all odds and made the Canadiens’ team, along with other former Sherbrooke Calder Cup winners like Brian Skrudland, Mike Lalor and yes, Richer as well. We know the rest of the fairy tale story, as the Canadiens surprised the hockey world, led by none other than a young Saint-Patrick, to win four in a row after loosing the first game of the finals, against the Calgary Flames. My admiration for Roy was only starting…

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Michel Therrien was a member of the 1985 Calder Cup champions Sherbrooke Canadiens.

Then on December 2nd, 1995, my world came to a halt after seeing my idol walk behind the Canadiens’ bench after being pulled, only to walk back and tell team President Ronald Corey that he had played his last game in my favourite team’s uniform. My heart was crushed. How can the great Roy, the face of this era’s franchise, my successor to the great Ken Dryden, let the heat of the moment take over and make him take the decision to abandon his teammates, his team, his fans and by the same token, myself… because of a rooster fight between him and his head coach? How has that become MY fault, as I ultimately was the one paying the price?

Some claim that Roy went back to talk to Corey the next day to say that he regretted having done what he did, having said what he said. But for the Canadiens’ organization, the damage was done and they couldn’t go back. Roy had his temper tantrum on national television, in front of millions of viewers, and there was no going back on that. He was the team’s best player, but he was NOT bigger than the Montreal Canadiens.

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Hired as the team’s head coach and consultant to GM Joe Sakic, Roy had found another career in hockey, in the NHL, with the second team he’s only known. Avalanche fans loved him as much as I did way back when he was in Montreal. Then, when he found himself in a disagreement with his former teammate and boss, he waited until August, less than a month before training camp, to inform Sakic and the Avalanche that he was quitting his job with the team.

This left Sakic and the Avalanche in a huge bind, and rest assured that Roy knew it. Yet, the disagreement occurred well before then, during that summer’s NHL Draft. So why wait so long? Because Patrick does what Patrick wants and when things don’t go his way, Patrick pouts and seeks revenge. And I’m not going to go into his well documented domestic violence issues either, or his assault on Chicoutimi Sagueneens’ owner Pierre Cardinal

Roy is a hot head. I’m done with him, and I have been for a long time. If you think for a second that he’s the man to take over from Marc Bergevin one day, you are definitely not thinking straight. The guy is a nut case and when things don’t go his way, he picks up his toys and leaves, not giving a crap about you and what you think. He has displayed over and over again that he has a “Me, Myself and I” attitude and there is a reason why he hasn’t found work in the NHL’s tight circle. To me, the guy who once was my idol is dead. He was replaced by this horrifying individual whom I wouldn’t want my kids to look up to… as he’s as far a good role model as it gets.

So long Patrick, the Saint has been removed from your name a long time ago. Go Habs Go!