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Caufield of Dreams: Build It and He Will Come

We know that we won’t be planning for the playoffs or a Stanley Cup parade in Montreal and no, it’s not due to the Coronavirus! Fans are at each others like flies on a pile of “you know what”. Twitter is toxic. Newspapers and some radio shows are overflowing with nastiness, some of it bordering infatuation and witch hunts towards the organisation, the owner, the GM, the coach, the players, the trainer, the equipment manager, the ushers and even Youppi! NCAA seasons are coming to an end for some. European leagues are starting to wrap up their activities for others. And for some prospects, it’s decision time…

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The Kiss of Death? Maybe, Maybe not

Let’s face it. It’s a disappointing season for everyone. After missing the playoffs by four points last season, the players were pumped when showing up at training camp. They felt like they had a legitimate shot at playing hockey in April and they worked all summer to get ready. The coaching staff also liked their chances of helping them get to that goal. Marc Bergevin, while disappointed to lose out on Matt Duchene and Sebastian Aho, likely would not have predicted seeing his team this far out of a playoffs’ spot at this time of the season. And fans? Well, fans will be fans. But the sting of missing the playoffs once again is not easy on anyone.

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Beyond Hockey

In Canada and in many parts of the world, we grew up watching hockey. It’s a sport yes, but it’s also a passion, a lifestyle. Those who had a chance to play it or had kids playing the game will tell you that a hockey season ties so much of your time, your parents’ time too. How many sports require you to spend that much time with your teammates? Getting dressed and undressed before and after practice, before and after games, sharing time and making lifetime friends. The camaraderie, the laughs, the teasing, the jokes, the cries… and even the fights. You often hear that a hockey team is like a family. Some you like, some not as much. But ultimately, you have a group sharing the same passion, pulling in the same direction to beat an opponent.

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Marc Bergevin Opens Up About This and Next Season

Habs’ fans can be finicky at times… or often, depending on who you ask and who you’re talking about. Particularly when the team is struggling for consistency and the results on the ice simply aren’t there and haven’t been there for close to 30 years now. So there is ground to be frustrated and we all are. An organisation often accused of a lack of transparency, Geoff Molson and his staff have ensured to tell the media and the fans more than before. That doesn’t mean that they’ll tell us everything – it’s a company after all – but they have been more proactive with their information, the one that they could share.

You want transparency, you got transparency. That’s what found out La Presse senior reporter Mathias Brunet in an exclusive interview with Canadiens’ General manager Marc Bergevin. They touched on many different topics, some of them delicate, and he opened up on pretty much all of them. If you understand French, I encourage you to read the integral original article in La Presse but since many Habs’ fans don’t speak La Langue de Molière, I felt compelled to allow those who prefer Shakespeare to be able to appreciate it as well.

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Fans and Media Frustration: Is It Justified?

There are many ways to qualify fans of the Montreal Canadiens. Some are great, others well… not so much. The most often used are: relentless, bipolar, knowledgeable (although most times self-proclaimed), fearsed, loud, annoying, caring, loving, loyal, true… unfortunately, two more have popped up in recent years: Subbanistas (referring to fans mad at the organisation for trading fan favourite P.K. Subban) and fanboys (often used by the last group to describe fans supporting the organisation in their actions). Last but not least is passionate and all share that qualificative.

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Injury Bug Taking Its Toll On Habs Season

Yeah, yeah, I know, injuries are just an excuse, bla-bla-bla… In a league where fans are tired of clichés, some are still using them when it suits their needs. For example, the same people who ask for transparency from the Montreal Canadiens’ organisation, claim being tired of being fed clichés but yet, they will use the ‘injury excuse’ cliché to justify their means, to serve their purpose of putting down the team President, the General Manager, the coach. And they don’t realise they’re doing it… or do they?

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