Starting with Habs stuff…
• Michel Therrien has every right to select his own assistant coaches and the organization was right to let Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur go before the off-season began to increase their chances of landing with another organization. That being said, the overall treatment Cunneyworth received during his brief tenure with this team will go down as one of the darkest black eyes in recent Canadiens history.
• As if Cunneyworth hadn’t been embarrassed publicly enough already, the Journal de Montréal’s “Bye Bye Randy” headline on the front page the day after his dismissal was nothing short of disgusting. Then again, this is what we’ve come to expect from the same rag that snuck into Saku Koivu’s hospital room following his eye injury and used flash photography to show their readers what Justin Williams’ stick did to the captain, risking further damage to Koivu’s eye. At this point, I wouldn’t even line my hamster cage with that paper.
• As timing would have it, I get to mention one of the brightest spots of Montreal journalism after condemning one of the darkest. Congratulations to Red Fisher on 58 years of covering the Montreal Canadiens. In an industry where your work is constantly scrutinized while covering a team that inspires such passion in so many, being about to write about the Habs for over half a century is an incredible feat.
…and on to other stuff.
• Regardless of outcome, the push-back of the Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals has been really something. Obviously, I have no idea what Martin Brodeur’s plans are for the off-season but the past two games, and really the playoffs in general, would be a hell of a way for him to go out.
• The morning after a botched call that caused the Toronto Marlies to go down 3-0 in the AHL’s Calder Cup finals, Marlies coach Dallas Eakins took the high road in a remarkably short amount of time with the following tweet:
“Never forget that
@theahl is a developmental league for the referees as well. Players and coaches have made mistakes. We all move on.”
His affiliation with the Leafs will obviously prevent Eakins from having my full support but that’s some admirable class and leadership right there.
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