Habs’ assessment and suggestions from Brian Burke

It is a sad time right now. People are going crazy being in isolation, trying to avoid spreading the Coronavirus. Everywhere on the news, on a daily basis, we are inundated with sad, even morbid information about this deadly and widely spread disease and we just can’t get away from it. For some odd reason, the NHL is the only winter league to have yet to cancel its season. Is it legitimate or wishful thinking on their part? Well considering that they expect COVID-19 to peak in around mid-May, allow me to question the motive behind it. You see, players will need a full out training camp after this and the meaning of “peak” means that it will still be strong thereafter. And even if they played the playoffs in July, this would affect the players for next season too. Gary Bettman needs to bite the bullet and do the right thing by calling it a season, as the NHL did back in 1919 during the Spanish Influenza.

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When the Habs Just Can't Win

It’s been a while. It’s been a long time actually. As a matter of fact, this will be the 27th anniversary of the Canadiens’ last Stanley Cup. The fact that they are the last Canadian team to win the Holy Grail does very little to the fan who wasn’t born or was too young to remember when current Habs’ assistant-coach Kirk Muller lifted the Cup over his head as a player, wearing Brendan Gallagher‘s number 11. Some of us were spoiled, having lived through several Habs’ Stanley Cup wins over the years. I was alive for 10 of them myself and while I mostly recall the ones from the 70’s onward, I still cherish the memories. But many can’t do that.

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