Montreal looking for a d-man?

LeBrun: I heard from sources on other teams Monday that Gauthier was phoning around looking for help on defense. The thing is, he’s not alone. Tampa and the New York Rangers are among the other teams also looking for blue-line help. It just so happens that Cody Franson is available in Toronto, although I’m not sure whether any of those three teams has interest in him.

It’s no surprise that Montreal is looking for help on defense given that Gauthier never expected Markov to miss the opening month of the season when he signed him this past summer. Then, Chris Campoli, whom I thought was a clever pickup, gets injured in the opening game of the season. He’s out at least a couple of months. And Jaroslav Spacek was finally back Monday night after missing most of this young season. So, the Canadiens were missing three of their top six blueliners for most of the opening month, which is why they’ve struggled so much defensively (very un-Martin-like).

Their power play, meanwhile, is 29th in the NHL. That’s a toxic combination. Now piling on to all of this is a combustible market ready to explode. It’s a lonely feeling if you’re the coach. Michel Therrien knows it all too well. (He was let go by Montreal in 2002-03.) I reached him Tuesday, and he certainly felt for Martin.

“It’s a situation that’s really hard to live,” Therrien, who guided the Penguins to the 2008 Cup finals, told “When you’re coaching the Montreal Canadiens, you really have to concentrate on the job and not allow yourself to get bothered by outside factors. The media and fans there are incredibly passionate. When things are going well, that helps your team; you see that come playoff time. But when it goes bad, it can be the opposite.”

3 Responses to Montreal looking for a d-man?

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    Other than perhaps a small tweak, I doubt anything major happens before the coach goes. Jacques has lost the bench, fans, media, and may soon (or already) loose MGMT. Not a great situation.

    Not fully blaming Martin. As Josh pointed out earlier today, this team is inflated by the Halak playoff success and Price's excellent performance last year. With the long term big dollar deals they're committed to, I think it's going to be a long road to recovery.

    Biggest problems: Gionta, Cammalleri, Gomez. Suppose to be their froward core, instead they're either perpetually under performing and over injuring. This contract can't be moved (the only team dumb enough to take them on would be Mon… well, nevermind: Gomez), team needs to turn it around, because blowing it up likely won't be an option for at least 3 years.

    Sucks to be French Canadian.

  2. hockey_lover says:

    Cammalleri is injury prone for sure. But, when he's on, he's on.

    I wouldnt call Gionta injury prone. Since 05/06, he's played 82, 62, 82, 81, 61, 82. Thats an average of 75 games a season. Hardly injury prone. Guaranteed 20 goal guy. Not worth his salary, but its not THAT ridiculous. $5 mil for what he brings isnt SO crazy that its unmovable.

    Gomez .. is the most unmovable contract in the league. Probably EVER. Once they gain that $7.3mil then realize the Markov experiment is over, thats another $5.8mil = $13.1mil = LOTS of room to rebuild.

    A core of Price, Subban, Plekanec, Gionta, Cammalleri is a good starting point. Not perfect but its a lot better than some teams.

  3. icehog says:

    Wow! Could you possibly come up with any comments that are more childish and ignorant? You better hope your mom doesn't find out that you are abusing your computer privileges.

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