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What’s grinding our gears these days

September 8, 2010

Despite what the title would suggest, this isn’t about the Dan Ellis Twitter Saga. My take on that will come later today in my weekly Too Many Men On The Site post (linked here later).

The thing about being a Montreal Canadiens fan is that there’s always something to talk about because there are so many of us out there with such diverse opinions. And when I said “something to talk about,” I obviously meant “something to be angry about,” because, well, we’re Montreal Canadiens fans. The way it usually works is: either the Habs are winning the Stanley Cup, or we’re mad about stuff.

So what’s chapping our asses these days? Can’t be much, can it? Training camp is almost here, can’t fault Gauthier for most of his work this offseason, the Habs have their starting goalie, Markov seems to be making progress coming back from his injury. There really isn’t anything to be upset about. Right?


Here’s a brief summary of some of the stuff I’ve been hearing and reading.

Relieved as Canadiens fans are that the team has a starting goalie, the fanbase is divided among those who are Carey Price homers and those who [don’t know anything about hockey] hate Carey Price. Some fans obviously wanted Halak to stay and others understood that the Habs couldn’t keep him and so they wanted anybody but Price – Niemi, Toskala, they weren’t picky.

In the end, Price was signed, and obviously the money was way too  much but wait a minute it was to be expected and why didn’t Gauthier lock him up for longer but Price should have been given a 1-year deal so he could prove his worth and of course he’s going to have a breakout year or no his career is totally over because we spoiled him here in Montreal hey wait he was a lazy arrogant bum anyway.

Also, it was really cool of Halak to come to Montreal to sign autographs for charity but obviously it was all orchestrated by Allan Walsh to draw attention away from the Canadiens ticket packages going on sale [seriously wtf]. How awesome was it that 5,000 fans showed up and Halak signed as many autographs as he could and then hung out for as long as he could? Shame on the Habs fans that went though, Halak isn’t a Canadien anymore so it’s not okay to still be a fan of his.

Also, how could he go do that in an obviously Anglo mall in a known Anglo neighbourhood? How classless. Except that real fan would drive from anywhere to come say ‘hi.’ [Wish I had a link for that debate, I heard it on the Not English radio and it was pretty damn hilarious.]

I know I’m saving the Ellis story for later today but, like, seriously, how mad were Habs fans when he didn’t sign? It’s like the Habs let SK74 go for nothing. Plus Dustin Boyd. And now how mad are Habs fans for the comments he made on Twitter? How mad are other fans because they got mad at the comments he made on Twitter? And how sick is everyone of hearing about this mess? So why can’t everyone stop talking about it? And uh, yeah Allan Walsh weighing in was so not cool except that he’s entitled to his own opinion but no he should be banned from Twitter cause he’s a jerk.

Finally, how dare Pierre Gauthier live in Vermont and be GM of the Montreal Canadiens? Where he lives is nobody’s business as long as he shows up to work every day. Oh right but he’s the GM of the Montreal Canadiens not the Vermont Canadiens so he should represent the city just like every other member of the Candiens organization. Can’t fault a man for putting his children’s schooling above his daily commute and I’d live in Vermont and pay lower taxes if I could, too and also again, where he lives is nobody’s business but apparently in Quebec this is an important issue.

Ouf. I have a headache. Are all fanbases like this?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2010 2:30 pm

    Not all fanbases. Just the big ones.

  2. September 8, 2010 2:50 pm

    We’re nuts, aren’t we?

    Makes me long for the days of when Kovalchuk was circumventing the cap.

    • theactivestick permalink*
      September 8, 2010 4:03 pm

      We really are. To be fair I’ve been sick and cooped up at home for a week, so I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet. I probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.

  3. September 8, 2010 3:00 pm

    While fans are clamoring for more pure laine with the Habs, a pure laine chap hits the MLB scene after playing 14 years in the minors, helps his Tigers win and… RDS has the Slovakian hero on its website front page.

    So… I hear Vermont is nice come autumn.

    Vivement hocktobre and let that darn puck drop once and for all!

  4. September 8, 2010 3:48 pm

    It could be worse. You could instead be a whiny Canucks fan (we would have won the Cup in ’04 if Bertuzzi wasn’t suspended for that little Steve Moore thing), or possibly a delusional Leafs fan (our Captain is sure that we’ll make the playoffs even though they haven’t done so since before the lockout) or a Bruins fan (okay that’s just too disgusting to think about)

    • theactivestick permalink*
      September 8, 2010 4:02 pm

      I loves you. I visit Thanksgiving with some more crazies. Cool?

      • September 9, 2010 11:27 am

        Very cool. Much to discuss. Much beer/other alcohols to drink. Especially at breakfast.

  5. Number31 permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:41 pm

    Wait! Waaaaaaaaaaaait! Where’s the shock’n’awe that Coach Martin lives in Florida in the offseason! Hey slackers, bitch about that for a week yo!

  6. Frank ( permalink
    September 9, 2010 3:46 pm

    Not all fanbases. Next time in Florida come visit. We’re having a year round party! thanks to some cheesy marketing!

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