Habs fans rejoice! You’ve seen Scott Gomez take the puck from behind his net and lose it at the opposing team’s blue line for the last time. News came Sunday that Gomez would not be joining his teammates at training camp. Instead of wearing the colours of hockey’s most prestigious team, Gomez will be hunting, fishing and playing Beer league hockey in Alaska. In the press conference announcing the decision, Bergevin said Gomez took the news like a pro. No surprise since getting paid a lot of money to not do much is the Gomez way.
Gomez, the highest paid player in franchise history, averaged a measly 0.55 PPG during his stay here. It’s really a shame it didn’t work out for him and it’s difficult to put a finger on the reason for the drop-off in points. When a player’s production takes a step back in the later parts of their career, it’s generally because he “lost a step”. This doesn’t appear to be the issue with Gomez. Even last year he remained a very fast skater. Instead, it was probably a mental issue of some sort. Maybe the fans, media, and Jacques Martin’s system broke him. Who knows? LOLs all around if he returns to his previous form with his next team.
The decision is bittersweet as he was apparently very well liked in the dressing room. Pacioretty seemed particularly disappointed in the decision and said Gomez really helped him along in his transition to the NHL. Gomez is also hilarious, take a minute and check out this YouTube video.
So now that it’s all said and done, where does the trade rank up with some of the franchise’s modern day worsts? Here we go!
5. MTL trades Chris Higgins, Ryan fucking McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko, and Doug Janik for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt, and Mike Busto (He really lived up to his name)
Well this trade ranks 5th, for now. Ryan McDonagh was the true prize in this deal. Last year, McDonagh had 44 points, was +25, and played on the top pairing of the Eastern Conference’s best team. If McDonagh keeps progressing and becomes an annual Norris candidate, tables will be flipped. This trade could ultimately move up to #2. It’s not as if McDonagh’s emergence was a surprise either. He was drafted before Subban in the 07 Draft and was considered the Canadiens’ top D prospect when he was traded. Desperate Gainey = brain farts.
4. MTL trades Chris Chelios and a 2nd round pick (Mike Pomichter) for Denis Savard
This is the kind of trade that most likely excited Habs fans since they were getting back one of the league’s top forwards and a Quebec native. Hindsight being 20/20, this trade was terrible because Chelios became one of the league’s best Defenseman in Chicago.
3. MTL trades Vincent Damphousse for a 1st round pick (Marcel Hossa), a 2nd round pick (traded), and a 5th round pick (Marc-André Thinel)
This trade sent the Canadiens right into their dark age of the early 2000’s. Although it may have made sense at the time, it turns out that Hossa was a big bust. Damphousse went on to play 5 good seasons with the Sharks. Trading your captain and a fan favorite should have garnered a better return.
2. MTL trades John LeClair, Eric Desjardins, and Gilbert Dionne for Mark Recchi and a 3rd round pick (Martin Hohenberger)
Eric Desjardins went on to become the Flyers’ best Defenseman for a decade and LeClair scored 50 goals in 3 consecutive seasons. Mark Recchi was great; too bad he was traded back to the Flyers 4 years later.
1. MTL trades Patrick Roy
Patrick Roy for Thibault, Kovalenko and Rucinsky…cringe…
"We are very excited to have been chosen by the League to host the draft, which will take place in Montreal for the first time since 2009," France Margaret Bélanger, president, Sports and Entertainment of Groupe CH, said in a press release.
It’s official, the 2022 NHL Draft will take place in Montreal on July 7 and 8!
Groupe CH, the parent company of the Montreal Canadiens, just unveiled its new action plan to bring awareness and education to the community and its employees about sexual cyberviolence.
Titled the "Respect and Consent Action Plan," the plan will tackle "the internal environment of Groupe CH as well as the external and community environment."
In a press release, Montreal Canadiens owner, president, and CEO Geoff Molson said, "we want to ensure that our actions will be part of a concerted approach that will bring about positive changes within our company and in the hockey community."
All employees and hockey operations staff will benefit from training "on respect and consent and sexual cyberviolence in line with our policy of equity, diversity, and inclusion and with the values of our organization," the release said.
The company will also hire women in "key positions" within the hockey operations department.
As for its community initiatives, the Montreal Canadiens will collaborate with aid organizations and the Quebec hockey community at large to develop a "prevention program aimed at young hockey players, as well as the interveners who support them in their practice of the sport."
Financial support will also be given to registered organizations that are committed to preventing and raising awareness about sexual cyberviolence. Groupe CH has also given financial support to an organization that supports victims of sexual violence.
The release of the Respect and Consent Action Plan follows uproar surrounding the Canadiens' draft pick of defenceman Logan Mailloux, who admitted to distributing a pornographic photo of an 18-year-old woman without consent.
At the time of the draft pick, the team said it was "committed to raising awareness among [its] players about the repercussions of their actions on the lives of others."
If you require resources or assistance surrounding sexual assault in Quebec, the CAVAC helpline is available 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-532-2822. Other crisis lines and 24/7 options can be found at The Lifeline Canada.
On October 1, Amazon Prime is coming out with its latest All Or Nothing sports documentary series which will chronicle the 2020-2021 Toronto Maple Leafs season.
And while that's all fine and dandy for the Maple Leafs, some hockey fans have absolutely roasted the Leafs about their new documentary because they've rightfully pointed out that the Leafs end up with, well, nothing.
The memory of the Canadiens' glorious win against their arch-rivals is still fresh in the minds of Habs supporters in Canada and, like some fans have pointed out, it's kind of silly that the Leafs are touting this documentary series when we all know how it ends already.
@PrimeVideoCA @NHL Spoiler Alert : it was 3-1 https://t.co/YWR4bqiwEv
The Hurricanes' move comes as a form of revenge for when the Canadiens' general manager Marc Bergevin tendered an offer sheet to Carolina's star centre, Sebastian Aho, back in July 2019.
Bergevin seemed to have underestimated Tom Dundon and Don Waddell, the Carolina team managers, back in the day, as they chose to match Aho's offer sheet.
Unfortunately, the same didn't happen with the Hurricanes' recent offer sheet for Kotkaniemi. On August 28, 2021, the Hurricanes pulled out a $6,100,015 offer sheet for the Canadiens star player, with a $20 signing bonus, which led to the Carolina team winning one of the Habs' star players.
In an Instagram post, the Montreal Canadiens wrote "The Canadiens will not match the Hurricanes' offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Montreal will receive Carolina's 1st- and 3rd-round 2022 Draft picks as compensation."
The player shared an emotional post following the announcement, stating "It is truly hard to say goodbye to Montreal. I have experienced the best years of my life thus far in one of the world's greatest hockey cities and will always cherish the past three years." But, he went on to say that he's excited for his new journey.