Habs’ Twitter Blunder… Or Not

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Sometimes, fans and media get rather desperate and this year seems to follow the trend of last year. The loss of a couple of key players from last season seems to have overtaken fans and media’s mind, even making them forget the gains the Montreal Canadiens have made this summer. This has for effect to blow little things out of proportion, even taking everything as facts even if it makes absolutely no sense. Guys like Eklund, for example, have been feeding on this for many years now.

The Habs’ fan base had a perfect example this week when a Reddit user apparently caught a glimpse at Colorado Avalanche’s forward Matt Duchene‘s Twitter account noticing that the Montreal Canadiens’ Twitter had, for a very short time, followed the centre’s account.

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It didn’t take more to make this the talk of town amongst Habs’ fans. It is no secret that Duchene and the Avalanche are not in best terms and team GM Joe Sakic has admitted listening to offers for him. It has also been well documented that the Canadiens, in desperate need of a top-two lines centre, are one of the most serious suiters for Duchene, as reported as recently as earlier this week by the most notable NHL insiders. But not so fast folk!

Common sense

Who runs the Montreal Canadiens’ Twitter account do you think? If you answer Marc Bergevin or any of the people “in the know” of classified information about such topics like trades or player signings, I’m sorry to say that you are dead wrong. And it’s not Geoff Molson either folks. No, the twitter account is maned by a few staff members in the social media section of the PR department, no more, no less.

So before taking this to the bank as the Canadiens having a deal in place for Duchene, ask yourself: would Bergevin and his team inform the Twitter account users or the NHL for an announcement? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Also, don’t you think that it’s bizarre that nobody else but this user saw that and “reported” it immediately? Further, in a world where fake Twitter accounts pop up at every trade deadline or free agency period, have you ever heard of how easy it is to photoshop something like that, to get their 5 minutes of fame?

Some are comparing this to the instance of this past summer when Alexei Emelin started following the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Twitter. We all know that Vegas ended up claiming Emelin at the expansion draft. However, those making the correlation are forgetting one important fact: a player finding out that a team will select them at an expansion draft is NOT the same as a NHL social media team staff finding out about a trade of such magnitude as Duchene to Montreal. Nowhere close, even.

Conclusion

While there is no doubt that Matt Duchene has been on the Habs Radar for quite some time, there are two possibilities, in my humble opinion:

1- It was made up and photoshop

Yes, this is the most likely possibility, in spite of the desperation in hoping that Marc Bergevin would pull the trigger to address one of the Canadiens’ biggest need. Someone feeding on the biggest fan base’s desperation, what an incredible concept, right?

2- It was a mistake

The staff tweeting from the Canadiens’ Twitter account all have their own personal Twitter account as well and it is very likely that they all use Apps and programs such as UberSocial, TweetDeck, HootSuite (just to name a few) to run their multiple accounts. If you have used those yourself, you will know how easy it is to mistakenly pick the wrong account. I’m guessing that if the image is legitimate and that the Canadiens’ account followed Duchene for a short time, it was a staff member wanting to follow him from his personal account and clicked the wrong account to do so. Realizing the mistake, the Tweet was immediately deleted.

So before letting desperation dictate our thoughts, let’s think the situation over folks. Yes, it is possible that Bergevin and the Canadiens get their hands on Duchene. They have $8.4 million reasons do to so and definitely the need for him. But if or when that happens, you can bet your pay check that the NHL and major insiders like Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun or Elliott Friedman will know and publish the news well before Mr. or Mrs. Smith working the team’s Twitter account. I’m not a betting man but I would definitely gamble on that one.

If you would like to follow Matt Duchene on Twitter, you can do so by following @Matt9Duchene. If you are wanting to do this and are handling the Montreal Canadiens’ official Twitter account, please ensure that you are doing it from your personal account, not to give desperate fans a heart attack. Go Habs Go!!!

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Top Cheese: August 2017 Edition

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Here are a few thoughts on different topics surrounding the Habs’ as Summer is winding down and the team and players are getting ready for training camp. Feel free to share on Social Media and post your comments as they are always welcomed.

Is there anyone around Montreal more negative than The Gazette’s very own Brendan Kelly? Even when trying to get around his constant negativity towards the Canadiens, he can’t help himself but to mention either P.K. Subban or take a shot at either Marc Bergevin or Shea Weber. Kelly is hired by The Gazette to cover showbiz, to spread gossips about celebrities, and he seems to be taking the same approach with anything to do with the Habs. Worse, while most people call him out of it, some are buying his Kool-Aid. I, for one, would love to see the organization put the squeeze on The Gazette as what Kelly does is borderline or straight out slander. Boy oh boy do they ever miss Dave Stubbs… In the meantime folks, stop giving Kelly the time of day. His writing and comments are not worthy as he totally lacks professionalism. Perhaps he should read this: Habs Blogger or Journalist: Who Is Who?

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Much has been said about the Canadiens’ defense, particularly after Andrei Markov signed in the KHL. However, while it might lack big names (aside from perennial All-Star Weber), it is relatively unknown and force is to admit that fans and media alike don’t know much about Jakub Jerabek. Former Habs Jaroslav Spacek has nothing but good words for the newly signed defenseman and he thinks that he can help his new team.

“He [Jerabek] is sound with the puck and uses his abilities at all times. He is good on the power play and short handed. He is a complete player. I think that he will be able to help the Canadiens all season long and I’m hoping that he gets his chance in the NHL.” ~ Spacek

The scouting report on Jerabek is that he is a good technical defenseman who moves the puck well and makes good first passes out of his zone, and who is always well positioned to make plays at both ends of the ice. So let’s give the runner a chance before jumping to early conclusions. Jerabek had 34 points in 59 games in the KHL.

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With the recent signings of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl by the Edmonton Oilers, much has been said and written about their need to shed salary. But not so fast here folks. The Oilers are $8.3 million under the cap so they are in no hurry to do anything. I read some people who seem to think that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be shopped at rebate… it’s not the case folks! In fact, unless Peter Chiarelli gets a very good offer, he will keep RNH for the season in hope that he raises his game and by the same token, his trade value. Nugent-Hopkins is just now entering the prime of his career and while we explored the possibility of a trade between the Habs and the Oilers a while back, a trade involving Brendan Gallagher, nothing is imminent.

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TSN Insider Darren Dreger mentioned recently that he feels like there is a strong possibility that disgruntled centre Matt Duchene might not report to camp with the Colorado Avalanche, unhappy that the anticipated trade is entering year two. A couple of days ago at his annual golf tournament, GM Joe Sakic addressed the Duchene trade topic with Mike Chambers of the Denver Post:

“I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts,” Sakic said. “But I’ll listen to offers on how we can get better. I’ll never name names but I’ll sit there and if something makes sense for the way we want to go, with our team, we’ll really look at that.”

Unless Duchene does hold out, it seems like Sakic is in no rush to trade the 26 year-old centre and if he ever does, he can ship him to the best offering since Duchene doesn’t have a NTC.

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Will Butcher seems to be the flavour of the month around the NHL and Habs’ fans are jumping all over it. The fact is that most Habs’ fans had never even heard the name before a couple of weeks ago and now, he seems to be perceived at Shea Weber’s defense partner next season. Come on folks. True that he had a great season last year with the University of Denver with 37 points in 43 games but let’s not lose sight of the fact that he was playing his senior year, something most top-end talents don’t do prior to joining the NHL. The 5’10” and 190 lbs Butcher is 22 years old and while Montreal has been rumoured to be in the mix, it is apparently not the case.Screen Shot 2017-08-19 at 7.59.32 AM

 

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The Boston Bruins are in a bind and the Oilers didn’t help them any when they signed Draisaitl to an eight year, $68 million deal. Rumour is that the Bruins have offered David Pastrnak six years at $6 million per season, but for a guy freshly out of a 34 goals, 70 points in 75 games season, that’s just not going to cut it. The two future young stars have had a very similar start to their NHL career and you can bet that Pastrnak’s agent, J.P. Barry, is now using Draisaitl new contract when talking to Bruins’ GM Don Sweeney. While former Lightning GM Brian Lawton tweeted that he wouldn’t be surprised if he is traded, both Sweeney and Barry have denied the rumour, as they are still working on a deal. The Bruins have over $10 million in cap space as it stands today.

 

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The Hockey News presented a tweet exposing those claiming that Marc Bergevin has built a weak team, when showing that in the past five years, the Habs are amongst the NHL’s top teams when it comes to wins.Screen Shot 2017-08-19 at 8.14.42 AM

While there is no denying that the team hasn’t had playoffs’ success, let’s not get blinded by that by claiming that this isn’t a good team. As the Ottawa Senators and the Nashville Predators have shown last year, and many teams before them, once you make the playoffs, you never know what can happen.

I encourage you to look at recent tweets by the Hockey News as they have posted many Top-10, where you will find the Canadiens and some of their players, such as Carey Price, Max Pacioretty and Shea Weber amongst others.

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The NHL has released its schedule and the Canadiens will start their 2017-18 campaign on the road, in Buffalo on Thursday, October 5th. The team’s home opener won’t be an easy one as the Chicago Blackhawks will be in town on Tuesday, October 10th. They won’t be waiting long before their first long road trip (distance wise) as they will fly out west the following week to face the Sharks, Kings and Ducks before coming back to a 3-games home stand. You can see the entire schedule on Canadiens.com. Until then, enjoy the rest of the Summer, get some much needed fresh air and stay away from the constant negativity of some. Life is too short for that and is meant to be lived and enjoyed. Go Habs Go!!!