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Habs Nation Has Gone Mad

Habs fans

No seriously, a fan base which once prided itself as being arguably the most knowledgeable have all gone nuts.

I love you guys, I really do but the comments and reactions that I have read via social media since the 2015 NHL Entry Draft have me shaking my head. All I have heard for the past seven days is a perpetual state of bitching and complaining and frankly I am at the point where I am having a hard time stomaching it.

I am sorry if I am coming across as high and mighty, but when did this once proud fan base become what it is now?

In the eyes of the media and the fans, Marc Bergevin can do no right. If Bergevin tries to acquire a player like Matt Beleskey then he is chastised. But if he doesn’t try to acquire a player like Matt Beleskey then he is equally chastised.

If the GM decides to preach patience and free up a roster spot for the youth, then the populous will argue that he is ill equipped to run this team. Yet by that same token, if he acquires a player then he is mocked for never giving the kids a chance.

Fans need to step back and look at the big picture here. People need to stop freaking out when a move is made or if the GM sits idly by assessing the landscape.

It’s time to look at what is happening and appreciate the fact that Bergevin is at the helm instead of these borderline mad arm-chair GM’s.

Lucky for you, I am going to help alleviate that confusion.

Does anyone here remember where the organization was before Marc Bergevin took over?

Take a moment and think about the team, think about the coach, the system, the General Manager, the AHL affiliate, the personnel, the prospects and the organization as a whole.

I know it’s hard to think that far back. Heck, personally I have a hard time remembering what I ate for breakfast. But prior to Bergevin taken over, the Habs had just completed arguably their worst season in history finishing with just 78 points. Mr. Personality Jacques Martin was fired and replaced with Randy Cunneyworth and despite having two 30+ goal scorers on the team with Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole, the team was pretty useless.

Our General Manager seemed intent on trading away top prospects like Ryan McDonaugh in exchange for atrocious contracts like that of Scott Gomez.

This of course assuming that Pierre Gauthier did not bore in the middle of a game ultimately deciding to trade away a superstar like Mike Cammalleri right in between periods.

Unfortunately it was not much better for the Hamilton Bulldogs. The minor league system was in shambles, unable to score and almost completely void of prospects. The team was lead by the likes of Andreas Engqvist, Louis Leblanc, Aaron Palushaj, Gabriel Dumont and Frederic St-Denis.

Is this the path that you want to return to?

Before you answer, I want you to take a moment and think about where this team lies now.

On the ice the team finished 2nd overall in points in the NHL season, eventually bowing out in the second round to the Stanley Cup finalists Tampa Bay Lightning. In the previous year, the team made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Finals before finally losing to the New York Rangers courtesy of Chris Kreider.

The team is currently stock piled with young talent with the likes of Max Pacioretty, PK Subban, Alex Galchenyuk, Jacob De La Rose, Nathan Beaulieu, Brendan Gallagher and more.

Our minor league system has not had the success it deserves, but the team finished the year with guys like Andrighetto, Hudon, Carr, Tinordi, Dietz, Pateryn, Bennett, Bozon, Crisp and Ellis. Despite the talent, there is a lot more expected to arrive shortly with highly touted players like McCarron, Scherbak, Fucale, Lernout and Juulsen on the horizon.

But where we have the biggest strength is knowing that Bergevin is the man in charge and the man making decisions.

Look no further than his most recent move, shipping away NHL warrior and fan favourite Brandon Prust to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Zack Kassian.

The easy thing would have been to let the Prust contract expire, but instead Bergevin showed us all what asset management is all about in the NHL. Prust’s play was on the decline, his foot speed was gone and despite dropping the gloves with anyone and everyone, Prust simply didn’t have it on most nights.

Trade an asset and get bigger, stronger, faster, more skillful and younger.

These are the types of moves that we have come to expect from Marc Bergevin.

No longer do we have a man in charge who works alone and on impulse, making trades for the sake of making trades and moving assets simply as a quick fix.

Instead, there is a GM in place who worries about results without compromising the future. This is why you need to relax and let the man do the job that he was hired to do.

Have faith.

7 Comments

  1. goaldigger9

    July 8, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Amen! This is the best article this site has posted so far!

  2. Decker

    July 8, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Well said bring on the cup …. But will miss Prust

  3. Bryan

    July 9, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Thanks brother but a little too harsh. There are some amazing writers as part of this team. The joy is that we bring a group of people with common interests together and yet we all have completely different interests or opinions. That’s the joy of sports.

  4. Bryan

    July 9, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Decker, I miss Prust. He’s the type of player I cheer for. The heart and soul guys. But feelings towards a player aside, he was slowing down considerably and was nowhere near as effective as he used to be.

  5. André Leclerc

    July 9, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I guess it depends on what the readers are looking for in terms of content. This one appears to have met his needs, but I agree with you , Bryan, that of the 500+ articles we have posted – there are plenty of great ones!

  6. goaldigger9

    July 12, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I didn’t mean to imply that other articles were bad or not worthy of being published…I read them all. I just enjoyed this one more than others.Sorry if I offended anyone..keep up the good work guys!

  7. Corey

    July 12, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I think the issue most rabid Habs fans are taking with Bergevin is that he doesn’t appear to see the flaws in his team, wether it’s the coach, the system, or the talent.

    When questioned about the coach and system in the post mortem, he bullied the reporter in silence.

    But look at the system. They finished dead last offensively of all teams that made the playoffs and were 23rd or worse in every defensive system except goals allowed. Thank you Carey!

    Since saying you can’t trade for a #1 center, several have been dealt. The Habs window is the next 3 years while they still have Price and Patches on crazy cap friendly deals.
    Time for Bergevin to be aggressive!