The Montreal Canadiens are not seeming like a very good hockey team right now. After the team's first 8-game losing streak in 79-years, some disappointed Habs fans are writing off the season and are looking for someone to blame. Some critics are pointing to star goalie Carey Price, while others are quick to blame general manager Marc Bergevin's inability to attract a star player to Montreal.
Over 8 games, the Habs have been outscored 38-20. While a lot of this falls on Carey Price, the team surrounding him is far from innocent. While its often the coach who falls on his sword after a long losing streak, Claude Julien can only do so much with the tools he has at his disposal.
The Canadiens' most potent weapons have lost their edge and morale is at an all-time low. The blame, therefore, for a lot of Habs fans and media, falls squarely on GM Marc Bergevin's shoulders.
Two years ago, Bergevin said that his responsibility as a general manager is to make the team better for the present and the long term, a responsibility that hasn't been fulfilled, according to The Atheltic's Marc Antoine Godin.
If the Habs don't make the playoffs this season, it'll be the fourth time in five years - which for some Montreal Canadiens fans is totally unacceptable.
Global's Brian Wilde writes that these dire situations often lead to a firing. And frankly, the departure of Marc Bergevin is something Habs fans have desired for a long time.
With all eyes on Bergevin, fans hope that he'll make a trade or do something to stop the bleeding. Instead, he placed the team's backup goalie on waivers because it's obviously the backup goalie who's the problem.
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Though the sky is falling in Habsland, fans must be careful to channel their fury and blame the right people. Running Carey Price out of town is not wise even though it's easy to scapegoat the team's $10.5-million investment.
Carey Price has allowed 18 goals in his last 4 games and is struggling badly. He has a $10.5M cap hit until 2026.… https://t.co/uSTRBttzZ4
Facing a spate of injuries, low morale, a lack of scoring, a sieve of a defence, and questionable goaltending, nothing looks good for the Habs right now. Whether it requires a trade or a personnel change, the Habs are at a crucial point where they'll need to figure it out before its too late.
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