Santa Habs Naughty List

This is the season where kids everywhere are hoping for presents, even making their list and sending them to the North Pole for Santa to take into consideration. While most children do get presents, some have been just too nasty and naughty to get anything but… coal. As Santa Habs is reviewing the list from smaller and bigger kids, we have been asked to help Santa by providing him some feedback on who, in spite of their demanding ways, don’t deserve presents, and supporting our justification with the reasons why. Without further ado, let’s have a look at those who will likely be receiving coal this coming Christmas.

Brendan Kelly (The Gazette)

When showbizz is your bread and butter and you try to play sports writer, you tend to take your “skills” from the likes of TMZ and that’s just what Mr. Kelly does. Just about every tweet, every article that he writes has for sole purpose criticizing and putting down the Montreal Canadiens organization and/or the team General Manager Marc Bergevin. Why you might ask? Because they dared trading his favourite player over two years ago. Silly I know, but that’s what happened. There’s nothing wrong with showing displeasure in an action but when one can’t even admit the good things this organization has done since then, it makes you wonder “What the Puck” is wrong with this individual. No presents for you, Brendan Kelly!

Alex Galchenyuk’s father 

Alex Galchenyuk is filled with mad skills but for whatever reasons, he just couldn’t put it all together in Montreal. Some like blaming the organization, primarily former coach Michel Therrien, for playing him on the wing instead of at centre but that theory flew out the window a long time ago when a second experienced coach, a Stanley Cup winner nonetheless, Claude Julien, also decided that centre wasn’t for him. After he was traded to the Arizona Coyotes for Max Domi (what a trade!), they thought that they had a centre in their hands… until they too moved him to the wing. But that’s not all on the player. We found out that his father had too much to do with his son’s development (or lack of thereof) as Chucky was texting with him in between period during NHL games! Dad had too much negative influence on his son and ultimately, it’s his son who’s paying the price! No presents for you, Mr. Galchenyuk!

Alexander Radulov 

Uncle Scrooge McDuck Radulov

“I love Montreal, I love the fans”, was Alexander Radulov claiming… until he was presented a contract in January but he chose to inform Bergevin that he wanted to test the UFA market in July. Then, he wanted well north of $7 million per season to continue his love of the Canadiens, which the Habs weren’t willing to pay (and rightfully so). The Canadiens were offering him the same contract that Radulov accepted from the Dallas Stars (5 years, around $31 million). So while Radulov loved Montreal, he forgot who gave him his chance to make a comeback in the NHL and he clearly loved money even more as you see, Dallas doesn’t have state tax. Shame on those who distort that story by blaming the organization. Radulov didn’t want to be hated and that’s why he lied about this whole story. He didn’t want to be seen as the Uncle Scrooge McDuck that he is. No presents for you, Mr. Radulov! 

Max Pacioretty and Allan Walsh

When you ask to be traded when you’re the team captain, after the organization supported you in your dispute with P.K. Subban, and then you deny it, it speaks of your character (or lack of thereof). When you change agents like you change underwear, it says even more. Yes, you signed at rebate in your last contract but you didn’t have a gun to your head and no, it’s not to the organization to “make it up” for you. Particularly not when you pout and put a half-ass effort out there, scoring 17 goals in a season. The Captain is supposed to be the last one jumping ship, not the one asking to get off first. Fans have no doubt that you and your crooked agent have asked for a trade. You got your money in Vegas. Enjoy. We, in Montreal, certainly enjoy Tomas Tatar, and will enjoy Nick Suzuki and whomever we will draft in the second round from that trade. No presents for you, Max Pacioretty and Allan Walsh

Marc Bergevin Haters

Yes you, who went on the warpath against Bergevin after he selected Jesperi Kotkaniemi, pretending that you knew more than the professionals hired to do that job, shame on you! Yes you, who took the same path by dissing Max Domi after the Canadiens traded for him, shipping Galchenyuk to the desert, you are no better (some being the same people). Isn’t it great when your ignorance and lack of hockey knowledge is thrown back in your face by seeing it posted everywhere? There’s a lesson to learn here: take a deep breath and do the reasonable thing… wait and see how it pans out before jumping off the Jacques-Cartier bridge! No presents for you, self-proclaimed knowledgeable hockey fans!

NHL Referees

The officiating in this league is absolutely brutal and it has been since they decided to go the the two-referees system. It is so painful for all fans around the league, not just for Habs’ fans, that every single game, someone is complaining. Enough with the incompetence as it’s time for the league to recognize their mistake and revert back to a different system instead of having incompetent people making key decision on the game. Also, linesmen, fans don’t play $200 per ticket to see you put on a show by randomly chasing players from the faceoffs’ circle. DROP THE PUCK! No presents for you, stripes!x

Now to all of those who form the vast majority of Habs’ fans, media members and people around the NHL, may Santa Habs bring you what you deserve: health, love and success in what you do. We’ll all be chanting together: Go Habs Go!

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Unsung Hero: Andrew Shaw

He was a victim of the anti-Bergevin crew, those who will never forgive and forget that the Canadiens’ General Manager dared trading their Golden Boy P.K. Subban. Everything Bergevin did since is bad, according to them, and they would jump on every opportunity to try to prove their point. Some still do, even in the media. But Andrew Shaw is doing what Jonathan Drouin is doing. He’s following the trend set by Max Domi and Tomas Tatar in taking every ammunition out of their hands, deflating their bubble of criticism one by one.

The proof is in the pudding. Instead of recognizing that Shea Weber has had an immense impact on the Canadiens since returning to the line-up after almost a full year absence, something that everyone around the NHL acknowledges, one of Bergevin’s biggest detractors, Arpon Basu, typed this garbage after Weber was caught flat-footed against Andrei Svechnikov, last summer’s second overall pick: 

Basu was so excited and in such a hurry to write that tweet that he misspelled Weber’s name! But guess what? While it may please the Brendan Kelly’s and company of this world, most Habs’ fans are knowledgeable enough to read right through the blind hater. Perhaps is it the fact that even Canadiens’ second best defenseman Jeff Petry is schooling their Golden Boy, the need to try to get back to Bergevin is just too strong… like a kitten unable to resit a laser-pointer!  

Shaw on a roll

As pointed out, one of the victims of this blind hater has been Andrew Shaw. How many times have we seen local “reporters” throwing former Canadiens’ Lars Eller and his stats down our throats? Funny we’re not seeing that trend anymore. Funny how we don’t hear about Alex Galchenyuk and Mikhail Sergachev either. Why? Because it so happens that Domi, Drouin, Shaw and even Weber are outplaying those who were traded away. But don’t you worry… vulchers like Basu and company, while ignoring the current trend, will be waiting in the weeds as soon as the roles are reversed, as they’ve done in the past.  

Shaw is a great contributor to the Canadiens’ success

With a goal last night against Carolina on a beautiful feed by Weber, Shaw has extended his points streak to six games (2G-4A). As a matter of fact, the 27 year-old gritty forward has racked up no less than 17 points (8G-9A) in his last 17 games for the Canadiens since November 8th. 

Since joining the Canadiens, Shaw has played 147 games and has put up 68 points on the board (0.46 Pts/GP). So far this season, he has 9 goals, 19 points in 28 games (0.68 Pts/GP) while being the same polivalent and gritty player that he is, providing sandpaper, creating havoc in front of the opposing net, and taking faceoffs when needed. 

Some people wrongfully felt like Shaw wasn’t worth the $3,9 million cap hit the Canadiens are giving him, but few around the NHL share that feeling. Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews was quoted back then saying that he was disappointed to see Shaw leave the Hawks’ organisation who traded him for no other reasons than the fact that they were tight against the salary cap and couldn’t afford to re-sign him. They wanted to keep him.

For inquiring minds, here are a few comparative contracts to Shaw around the NHL:

  • Craig Smith (NSH) $4.25M
  • Casey Cizikas (NYI) $3.35M
  • Carl Hagelin (ANA) $4M
  • Cody Eakin (DAL) $3.85M

* Source: capfriendly.com

Marc Bergevin has many reasons to smile. Andrew Shaw’s play is one of them.

Another comparative often used in the past by those with an axe to grind against Bergevin is Lars Eller, whom the Canadiens traded to Washington for two second round picks. Ironically, that’s the price that Bergevin paid Chicago to get Shaw. I say ironically because they complained about overpaying for Shaw but conveniently “forgot” that Bergevin received the same return for Eller. But what exactly has Eller done to be placed on a pedestal by those people, other than in an attempt to put Shaw down?

With the Canadiens, Eller, who carries a $3.5 million cap hit, played a total of 435 games in which he accumulated a grand total of 154 points (0.35 Pts/GP). With the Capitals, he has 73 points in 192 games (0.38 Pts/GP) and this season, he has 14 points in 30 games (0.47 Pts/GP). That’s a far cry from Shaw’s numbers, isn’t it? Now consider that Shaw is one of the leaders on the Canadiens… 

So before you read – and mostly start believing – the junk thrown out there by certain “reporters” and/or “fans”, please ensure to consider the source as too many of them simply cannot make an unbiased assessment if their lives depended on it. Because you know… 76 now belongs to prospect Josh Brooks. Now here’s hoping that Shaw’s concussion issues are behind him, as they seem to be for the likes of Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby amongst others. Go Habs Go!