Price Story: Embarrassing for Montreal

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We’re used to it as every season it seems, someone, somewhere, in the traditional media, is claiming something about someone in the Montreal Canadiens’ organization that is totally off the charts. Whether it be the so-called story of then coach Michel Therrien stating out loud that Max Pacioretty was a bad captain, the rants of Brendan Kelly in the Montreal Gazette grinding his axe, or stories of night life in the City, it seems like some of those “reporters” are seeking sensation, viewership or readership at all costs. Anyone remember “the darkest day in history” about the Kostitsyn brothers?

It’s nothing new, we even touched on the topic a while ago on this blog. Well this time Montreal, you have reached a new low and Angela Price, the Canadiens’ goaltender’s wife, took Instagram by storm with a statement that really, she should have never had to make to start with!

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Source: radiox.com

After a claim by controversial Rejean Tremblay, who stated that Misses Price wanted out of Montreal or she was threatening to leave her husband Carey Price, Angela had read and heard enough! She took advantage of her popularity to slam Tremblay in the teeth, taking any credibility the old goat might have had with it, by publishing a picture of her and her husband, happy and in love, as she completely denied the so-called claim.

This is just plain shameful and to be perfectly honest, a total embarrassment to all Habs’ fans around the country, around the world. Stories like this one, which I named “Potinage Artistique” in French (potin meaning gossip), should never have legs yet, they are made on so-called reputable media outlets in and around town.

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Michel Villeneuve got fired from a radio station for threatening the Canadiens several months ago. When will Tremblay run out of platforms to belittle and attack everything surrounding the team against which he holds a grudge ever since the Habs since they denied him the rights to use the team colours for his series “Lance et Compte” way back when? Enough is enough and fans, readers and viewers have to start standing up against this non-sense!

I have personally thrown the Rejean Tremblay and Brendan Kelly’s of this world out the window into the street a long time ago. The Montreal Gazette’s sports pages are only good to protect the bottom of  bird cages ever since reputable journalist Dave Stubbs left them to work for the NHL and I will soon follow suit with anyone giving Tremblay a platform to spread his self-serving hater against the team that I love. I happen to think that more should do the same but to each their own.

The ripple effect

People are wearing blinders if they think for a second that such situations don’t have a ripple effect around the NHL. As if having the highest tax bracket in North America, living in a place where a foreign language is predominant, never ending road construction and winters, or the fishbowl effect of constant scrutiny by herds of media and fans wasn’t enough, players decide between that and a quiet lifestyle making as much if not more money. Think about it for a second. Take the rose glasses off and ask yourself: where would YOU want to play at the same contract if given a choice?

Oh some players will do it anyway, but you better believe that this will come at a premium as at equal salary, players are more likely to pull a Radulov and play under the hot sun of Texas, away from this circus and the clowns spreading crap like the Price story.

But hey, let’s fire Marc Bergevin as ultimately, it’s all his fault right, axe grinders? Go Habs Go!

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Les MisérHabs

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There are many reasons why it is difficult to recruit and convince NHL players to come and play for the Montreal Canadiens. Of course, taxes are always an issue that we hear often. This, however, has been fixed by slightly overpaying the free agents to accommodate for a higher tax bracket. The weather, depending on where the player played before, could be a factor. Going to the rink in Florida or California or in a snow storm in Montreal is quite different. Language, culture, kids, spouse and/or pressure are all other deciding factors. But don’t forget one of the biggest factors of all: the constant attention by some media members and the negativity that follows!

When it’s pointed out, the most guilty media are the first ones to claim innocence. Yet, those are the same people who will be down a General Manager or a head coach’s throat if they can’t trade, sign or develop impact players and if the team is struggling on the ice.  I can’t be the only one noticing the irony in this situation, right?

We all know the usual culprits, and I’m not referring to the journalists-wannabe, or the multitude of bloggers (like yours truly). We’re talking about so-called “traditional media”, on the radio, on television, in the newspaper, on the internet, on social media. Why is it that even “common mortal” fans notice that more and more members of the media seem to have an agenda against the Montreal Canadiens’ organisation and/or it’s management team? Where in the definition of “reporter” or “journalist” does it say that you now have to replace reporting the news with pushing your views on certain issues, against certain people while using the media platform being made available to you? Perhaps a better question would be why do those media outlets allow such behaviour from their so-called reporters?

Well one radio station in Montreal didn’t stand for the propaganda spread by one of their on-air personalities, as Mario Cecchini, CEO of RNC Media who owns 91.9 Sports radio, came on air to explain why he fired Michel Villeneuve, the guy who came out and started this whole story about Michel Therrien qualifying Canadiens’ captain Max Pacioretty as “the worst captain in team history” while sitting at a table after a golf game.

When I heard him say that, I remember thinking to myself: finally, someone who will stand against the non-sense spread by media personalities in Quebec who are openly going after the Canadiens’ organisation from Geoff Molson to Michel Therrien, nipping at Marc Bergevin at the same time. This is their bread and butter and he knows it. Well done Mr. Cecchini and here’s hoping that more media executives follow your lead and make their employees accountable for their “work”.

Not to be outdone, another guy who has had a beef against the Canadiens for many years now, Réjean Tremblay decided to poor it on by supporting Villeneuve in his claims. I have not heard this myself but I’m told that Tremblay claimed to have different sources than Villeneuves telling him the same story. If true, just how many people did Therrien say this to for so many people to hear it? You’d think that he stood up at a microphone somewhere to make the announcement if there are so many people who have apparently heard it!

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Max Pacioretty

Remember that Tremblay is the same guy who was terribly upset at the Montreal Canadiens for refusing him the rights to use the team colours for his TV series “Lance et compte” (He shoots he scores). The same Réjean Tremblay who decided to teach Mario Tremblay a lesson after he declined him an interview without going through Donald Beauchamps. If you understand French, Mario confronted Réjean on air and it’s gold!

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Regardless, this article is not as much to decide if Therrien said it or not (which I don’t believe he did), but to determine why the need to pull stuff like that. What do reporters, journalists, have to gain from pulling out stories like that one? No, it’s not to inform, as they’re not willing to name their anonymous sources. If it was legitimate, they would or those sources would come out to say who they are. The only reason is either personal vendetta against a person or the organisation, or it’s to try to make themselves look important, drawing themselves in the limelight for their two minutes of fame.

Little do they know though, is that unless the listeners, readers, viewers or fans also share the same agenda, it’s those reporters who end up looking terrible in those stories. It’s them who immediately loose their credibility and if their employers don’t act on their actions, it can also fall on them as well.

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Dave Stubbs (picture from his twitter account)

Have you ever wondered why TSN’s Bob McKenzie, or TSN and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun are so respected in the industry? One of my all-time favourites, Dave Stubbs who is now a columnist for NHL.com, is also very respected. Why? They report and give analysis. What they talk about is based on facts and all refuse to go with “anonymous” sources or stories. There are many more than those three by the way.

Personally, I wish to seem some organisations and/or players sue those attention-seekers for defamation of character and teach the rest of them a very, very valuable lesson. As for myself as a blogger, and for the vast majority of traditional media, we’ll keep on writing and talking about what’s happening on the ice, and try to stay as neutral as possible in our delivery and in our content. There are many great media members in Montreal in both English and French. Don’t waste time with the TMZ reporters around the team, as their next chapter might just be “The Days of our Habs”.