Hello all!

I was at the game last night (Dec. 11, 2007 vs Tampa) and was very dissapointed with what I saw… I can’t believe I actually paid to see that poor performance. With this said, I don’t think the players are completely to blame. Yes, they had all the trouble in the world to clear their zone. However, when players like Lecavalier, Richards (whom played awsome) and St-Louis are constantly buzzing in your zone, you are prone to make mistakes.

My “lemon” performer of the night was Guy Carbonneau. He made several coaching mistakes that just cannot be acceptable in the NHL. Among others, these are the top three miscues by coach Carbo:
1. ALWAYS ROLLING 4 LINES. Why does he insist on doing this? It was driving me crazy last night. For example, during the game last night, the Koivu line had the puck in the offensive zone and had a good scoring chance. At this point, the Habs had a bit of momentum (which were far and few between last night) and forced a faceoff in Tampa’s zone. Carbo decides to make a line change and bring in the fourth line of Lapierre-Kostopoulos-Latendresse?! Needless to say, this line change killed the momentum they had and Tampa controled the puck (which they did most of the night). Why didn’t Carbo come back with the Kovalev line in the offensive zone instead of the fourth line? Is he affraid to use his best offensive talent in back-to-back shifts? Give me a break*&^%$#@!

2. ONE MAN FORCHECK. The main reason why Tampa always seemed to have control of the puck is because the Habs were not pressuring the defense. All night (including when they were trailing in the third period) the Habs only had one forward deep while his teammates were waiting in the neutral zone for something to happend. Therefore, the Habs forchecker was always out-numbered 1 to 3 and had absolutely no chance of creating any offence.

It was well documented that Tampa was the worst road team in the NHL and had one of the worst defence core in the league, not mentioning the fact they had played the night before in T.O. and arrived in Montreal at about 2:00am!!! Why didn’t coach Carbo apply a more aggressive style of play to exploit these facts? They should of had at least two forwards at all time forchecking and hitting their defence every chance they had. This is what creates turnovers and ultimately scoring chances. I’m sorry, but the Habs limited offensive talent has nothing to do with the style they play. If coach Carbo would let them use their speed and allow the forwards to go deep in the offensive zone, I’m sure the Habs would score more goals or at the very least create more scoring opportunities.

NO SHUTDOWN LINE. Could someone tell me whom the Canadiens shutdown line is? Lately, coach Carbo has been utilizing the Koivu line to shutdown the oppositions #1 line… why? No need to wonder why Koivu hasn’t been scoring lately, he’s to busy trying to stop Lecavalier, Zetterberg, Sundin, Heatley, etc. from scoring!!! I think Carbo is trying to do with Koivu what the Habs did with Damphousse, turn him into a defensive specialist. Do all #1 centers on other teams have defensive missions like Koivu? Is Carbo telling us that we only have 1 offensive trio (Kovy-Pleky-Kosty) and 3 defensive ones? This is pathetic coaching. Carbo needs to identify his 3 top shutdown or “shit-distuburs” and put them on the same line. I would put Chipchura centering Lapierre and Dandenault as a shutdown line with their present roaster. Eventually, I would put Begin and remove Chipchura from that line when he returns.

Anyway, this was my rant on coach Carbo for today. After seeing last nights game, I realized that the players are just doing as they are told, meaning playing a pasive defensive style of hockey that I’m sure they are sick of. Gainey could make any trade he wants and it won’t change a thing if Carbo doesn’t change his style of coaching and quickly! Until that happens, the Habs will lose a lot more games that they will win due to poor coaching. I’ll be very surprised if coach Carbo won’t be replaced before the end of the present NHL season…

What do you all think?

Thanks for reading!


  1. leafy says:

    You mean his HAIR style?

  2. leafy says:

    Seriously, pretty good article.

  3. yarfangor says:

    As much as I would love to See Carbo go, I don't think Gainey would can him. He worked hard 2 get Carbo his job so I doubt hes gonna fire him anytime soon. For that matter I don't think Gainey would fire anyone, or trade anyone anytime soon lol He insists on waiting. News flash we arn't getting even close to the cup. Don't be surprised if we get a first or second spot in the draft pick. We are playing horrible, sure our record looks nice but we are on the same slump we hit last feb. If carbo and gainey dont get it in gear, we wont have much of a  year.

  4. Habs_pm says:

    I agree on the 4 line thing. But I believe guy carbaneau can be a good coach and people need to be more patient. How about pointing the fingers at the players?

    Koivu = 5 goals
    Markov = has a +/- of -9 (supposed to be our shutdown dman)
    Ryder = 3 goals
    Huet = record of 7-6-1, He plays great but can't steal/win a game
    Smolinski = 2 goals and +/- of -7 (supposed to be a checking line center and now hes out for 6 weeks, won't help them either)
    Briseboise = Why is this guy still playing???

    Out with the old….In with the new!….In other words our verterans aren't doing their job besides Kovalev.

  5. habsrock99 says:

    You're blaming Smolinski for being injured???

    How can you blame Koivu for 5 goals when his linemate all year, Michael Ryder, has done nothing but drag Koivu and Higgins down ? That right their, is Carbonneau's fault. Not to mention Koivu isn't a goal scorer. If you want to blame Markov for his +/-, you mind as well show the whole story as he's leading the defensive corps with 6 goals and 19 points. And I suppose that Mark Streit's play is really helping out Montreal's cause? Considering he's done nothing but hurt Montreal all year with his shoddy defensive play and his soft passes that usually turn into give aways.

    I'm not the biggest fan of Huet but you're gonna sit their and say that he isn't stealing games when he has a 2.35 GAA and .926SV%?

    And you're gonna say that Habs fans aren't pointing the finger at Michael Ryder? Do you not read anything on this site? Almost every Habs comment is blaming Michael Ryder because of his lack of production.

    As for Brisebois, yes he's been bad at times this year but he's also played better overall D then a player by the name of Mark Streit.

    I've been a Carbo supporter since the beginning and you know what, he'll never be a good coach when he continually makes the same mistakes he did his rookie year while making brand new ones night in, night out his second year. To be a good coach you have to learn from past mistakes and make sure to avoid new mistakes and through 112 NHL games, it is very apparent Carbo isn't learning.

  6. yarfangor says:

    Epic Post….

    Do you find it coincidental that the Habs are going through the same slump in a 2nd year in a row by the Same Head Coach? IN both years? odd isnt it.. By the way Marleau and Bernier for Koivu and Ryder. Appearently someone said McKenzie suggested that O_O. I'd do that in a heart beat but anyway.

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  9. Pronger44 says:

    leafy your a joke, go read some books and be a geekaroid like Paul Maurice.

  10. skoalbandit says:

    carbo just needs to be told that this is a possession game. the counter attack game has been exposed.

  11. Tbone15 says:

    I also think that it's a coaching problem as well. Not a player problem. Although i believe its a problem with carbos well documented fetish for constantly switching up his line combonations. He's even started to call on the youth in hamilton. I believe there is a move needed. An "impact player" is definitely needed. Ryder is gone. either thru trade or at the ned of the year thru free agency. He's gone sports fans. And i say good riddance. hes draggin ass and has no place on this team anymore. Gorges is anoter player who is just filler on the lineup. He;s gotta be out on his way. our second line of Kovy-Plecs-Kosty, is not to be touched. Latendresse now heres a kid who has potential but needs to realize it himself. He needs more speed and discover how to use his body more. He has started to show signs of his power forward potential as of late but needs to work on it. Begin is also useless. He's very prone to injury and his skills are just not up to par. I've got to much on my mind to really sort thru so heres the deal………. this is what i think our line-up should look like next yearto be a cup contender.
          (Lecavs-Richards Maybe)
    Higgins-(impact centre)-Kovalev
    S.Kostitsyn-Plekanec-A.Kostitsyn      (like the sedin connection)

    Marky – Komi
    Hamr – Streit
    Bouillon – O'byrne

    Price –  Halak

    Now i know most of you will disagree with alot of what i have on my line-up.
    But im a big believer and fan of young talent and developing that talent to its full potential. I believe with a talented Center ( a la Lemieux) Kovalev would become a consistent goal scorer he should be. The second line of the kosty bros with pleks would be a great young scoring line. The third line would bring some hard working goals here and there while shutting down other teams #1 and/or 2 lines ( a la Bonk and Johnson) Whom i absolutely loved by the way. and the fourth line would bring some energy and bang and maybe get some momentum going when the game seems lost. Maybe instead of Aubin on the 4th slap in Max.P… he's the type of player we need.

    So lemme hear what you all think.

  12. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    I love the idea of a Begin-Lapierre-Dandenault(whoever is the better face-off man can be the center) shut-down/checking line.

    Dandenault was a defenseman, so he knows about the defensive mentality.
    And Begin and Lapierre are both good disturbers, what better way to stop the other teams best scorers than annoying them so much they take stupid penalties?

    I also think Latendresse should be on the top line. He has the 4th most goals on the team with 7.
    Of the other players that have been put with Higgins/Koviu, Dandenault, Ryder, Smolinski, none of them have over 4.
    I mean, he's obviously not a top line forward, but he's the closest thing the Habs have that fits.

    I think the best thing for the Habs to do is give the kids as much ice time as possible, let them lose and grow together, and get a few high draft picks and get some game-breaking talent.

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