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.
You know the old expression: You made your bed now lie in it? It is said to someone who must accept the unpleasant results of something they have said or done. It seems like for some people, the expression should be: You make your own bed and it’s someone else’s fault if it’s not made right. In a society where entitlement appears to be predominant and accountability is seemingly out the window, we all know people for whom it applies, don’t we?
In Montreal, there is no better example than what Habs’ fans are going through right now. Just because Shea Weber is clearly showing that once again, Canadiens’ General Manager Marc Bergevin got it right in trading fan favourite P.K. Subban, people don’t like having their overreaction thrown back in their face and are surprised that fans are making them accountable? “The trade is over three years old, when will people get over it and stop talking about it?“, they say. Yes, it’s a reminder that you have been overreacting about the trade and you are now proven wrong. We understand.
Here are just a few examples of fans’ reactions when the Canadiens announced the Subban-Weber trade. I’ll post the tweet so you can read more if you want:
I’m not posting this to show who did what, but rather what was said. Some of those people are fans who now love Weber. This is simply to show what kind of reactions we’re referring to here. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Remember when a Subban fan purchased a full page ad to prove his point? Talk about overreaction! This guy has now apparently given up his seasons’ tickets over it, tickets that someone else who was on a years-long waiting list happily scooped. Yeah, that’s gonna teach them right, Dr. Kowalski? In the meantime, The Gazette thanks you for your dollars and the Canadiens, well… thank the new season tickets holder!
But this isn’t new folks. Remember when we ran into other similar situations and wrote about it back when the Canadiens selected Jesperi Kotkaniemi, when just about everyone back then wanted them to pick Filip Zadina? Or when we touched on fans’ reactions when Alex Galchenyuk was traded for Max Domi? I can’t be the only one to notice a pattern here, right? And guess what? Many of the people overreacting like that are the same culprits each and every time!
The pride in Weber is fully justified and so is the rubbing some people are getting about it too. They were selling everyone that Weber was the lesser of the two, that he would fade while Subban would be in his prime. Fact is that Weber is having a career year while Subban has 5 points in 30 games, good for 136th in the NHL and sits at a dismal minus -15. And he was a recent target in the recent article on him in the New York Post.
So some people want others to stop rubbing it in and making them accountable? Tough luck! The next time there is something happening around the team, something you don’t like – because there will be more – perhaps you will learn from this and be a bit more reserved in your comments? Or maybe you won’t and you will fly off the handle again… but then don’t cry and get upset when others hold you accountable for your actions. There’s something to be said for being held accountable in life. Go Habs Go!