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The Forum: What’s Your Worst Habs Opinion?

The Habs pre-season has kicked-off the slow bloom of NHL hockey back in our lives, which also means the return of (or increase in?) getting mad online, scorching hot takes, bad radio, and terrible sports columns. In tribute to the coming maelstrom of stupid opinions, we asked our contributors for their “worst” (i.e. least likely, most unpopular, something you know is probably wrong but you still kind of believe it anyway) opinion about your Montreal Canadiens.


Sean O’Neill (@TheONeillFactor) – Any rational outside observer would probably claim that the Habs are lucky to have Maximillian Kolenda Pacioretty on their roster.

Since 2011, only Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, and Joe Pavelski have scored more goals than Pacioretty. His $4.5 Million cap hit is amongst the best deals in the league. He is the best Habs forward since Guy Lafleur. There is a relatively decent chance that his #67 will one day hang in the Bell Centre rafters.

And yet…his perceived lack of leadership, postseason shortcomings, and alleged role in shipping PK Subban out of town have made Pacioretty a whipping boy amongst some of the more illogical, angry, and short-sighted Habs fans…and I proudly count myself amongst those mouth breathing idiots who refuse to fully embrace the Captain.

His goals, for whatever reason, seem like empty calories. He always seems to go cold when it matters most and get red-hot when it doesn’t especially matter. He looks like the bad guy from an 80s teen rom-com. His dad looks like the bad guy from a movie about the 2008 financial meltdown. My favourite player of all time was shipped out of town cause his fragile ego couldn’t handle sharing the spotlight. His ‘Captaincy’ in the 2015-2016 season was laughable.

Fuck you Max Pacioretty. I’ll miss you when you’re gone.

Ian Boisvert (@BoisvertIan) – Going to be nearly impossible to follow that up, Sean, but I’ll give it a shot.

(And yes, Sean, I do take it personally when you attack the patron saint of The Nutmeg State, and frankly, I’ve lost all respect for you.)

When the Expos come back to Montreal, Youppi should be forced to resign. We all know he’s just using us until his dream job opens back up. And what even is he? He looks like someone took the foot off the Avalanche jersey, covered it in orange fur and put huge craft store eyes on him.

Also, he’s a bad luck charm. Cups before Youppi wore a Habs sweater?


Cups after?


And it’s not like the Expos won anything! Now they’re in D.C. and they have the best chance to win the World Series in their franchise’s history.

Why? Because Youppi is gone.

Get rid of Youppi = ça sent la coupe.

Zach Vanasse (@ZachDropsTweets) – Carey Price hasn’t been good enough. Sure, regular season Carey is as good as they get. When not playing poorly on purpose to ensure Michel Therrien gets fired, Price has been the no-doubt, hands-down best goalie in the NHL, and at his peak moments among the best we’ve seen in ages.

But when it counts – the playoffs – Carey has been fine. Maybe he’s even been good, but he hasn’t been great. And for greatness to be truly great it needs to show up when it matters most.

We’ve heard a lot of “Carey can’t do it on his own” these past few years and – you know what – he’s proven it so far. It’s hard to even remember a single playoff game that Carey Price has stolen, let alone a series. Meanwhile we’ve seen Craig Anderson, Ben Bishop, Henrik Lundqvist, and Tim Thomas all out duel Price in a playoff series so far.

Next season he’ll start raking in $10.5-million per. At that kind of cash, we’re finally at the point where you’re allowed to say Price needs to be better when it really matters.

Also, I like Andrew Shaw.

Robert Brown (@TheStandardBob) – Respecting David Desharnais when he donned the Habs jersey. It wasn’t his decision to play as a the number centre on a consistent basis. As much hate as he received throughout his tenure with the Habs, I can’t think of another player who made the jump from the ECHL to the NHL in only 3 years. He was obviously not a bonafide number one centre, but when he was at his best, he could rack up 40-50 points.

Bon chance David!

One Comment

  1. Bay_Bye

    September 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    i have to say Pacs..yes he can score when set up but defensively he really sucks. He is not a true leader and had a big hand along with Therrien in running PK out of town…he disappears when needed most and even Team USA was not happy with his level of play. he did not like the fact that PK did not get totally upset after a loss but then again PK was the only Hab at the time who gave 110% every game..Pacs takes a lot of games off. I do not see him in Montreal after this contract and could be used in a trade to get a #1 center..time will tell