Montreal Canadiens no longer a leadership black hole | HI/O Show – Montreal Video



published: 2019-01-10 15:19:46

On this week’s show, our panelists — Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak’s Jessica Rusnak, former Canadien Chris Nilan and host Adam Susser — discuss the biggest surprises from the first half of the Habs’ season.

They also discuss:
• The biggest disappointment (spoiler: it’s the power play)
• Tomas Tatar’s standout tenacity and strength
• Marc Bergevin’s opposition to trading for rental players
• Carey Price’s nagging lower-body injury

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  1. Marc Bergevin was right??? Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

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  2. I'd like to see the Habs make the playoffs and upset Toronto first round. That would be a sweet success story!

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  3. This show is getting better avery week !!!!! M.Nuckels should lunch Whit all players !!!!! Thanks Bruno

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  4. Just make the playoffs habs GO HABS GO whys chris wearing toronto blue?

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  5. Montreal WILL make the playoffs, maybe win the cup if Carey plays like Price.. Patrick Roy had a bad season in 93, right?

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  6. start up a new show "lunch with knuckles"

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  7. The team as of now is a very tight knit group. Not obvious , but it seems like even the young guys can show leadership in the locker room and on the ice. It's easy for young players to look up to veteran players and take heed from them. It all comes full circle.

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  8. Knuckles….. THE BREAD MAN in MTL? What a trade that would be……

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  9. Marc Bergevin was right? Oh yeah, he was right after being wrong for 6 years. It was him and Therrien who allowed Max to be captain even when it was clear he was not a leader. It was management that allowed him to continue as captain after they obtained Weber. It was the teams coaching and management that set Max up for failure. Max had plenty of positives but leadership was never one of them. Also, just because they happen to be playing better now, doesn't mean it's all down to attitude. There are different players now. Maybe Pacioretty would be playing better if he was with Domi, Tatar, a healthy Weber, a healthy Price, Alzner benched and then waived and Galchenyuk gone. Chemistry doesn't come down to just one player. Remember they had a wholesale change in coaching staff with the exception of the coach and Muller. Bergevin only made these changes when he was in jeopardy of losing his job. You are giving way too much credit to Bergie on this one.

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  10. If you notice most good trades from bergevin have been only out of luck not thanks to his skills. As a habs fan he needs to do way better before i forgive him.

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  11. Bergevin made mistakes, identified his mistakes, and fixed them. Those that ridiculed him for saying it was an attitude problem should be forced to publicly eat crow.

    Anyone know if Knuckles ever fought Max's dad?

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  12. Other than the pp, I'd have to say that I'm quite disappointed that Charles Hudon just can't seem to get it together. There have been a few flashes where he shows he can be an impact player, but then he seems to quickly become a ghost on the ice. I'll keep rootin for him though! Otherwise the season so far has been a pleasant surprise, exciting hockey with a no quit ATTITUDE. Go Habs Go!

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  13. The whole drop pass zone entry on the PP needs to stop. I agree wholeheartedly with Knuckles.

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  14. I'll admit I was laughing harder than anyone about Bergevin's comments at the end of last season, but he was right about the attitude. However, the big problem then, and it hasn't changed, is the lack of top-end talent. Most of the attitude that's been shipped out was in the form of our best players (statistically). Domi has been great, but he probably isn't a full-time point-per-game player. Aside from him, this team's star players are all 50-60 point players at best. That's why the powerplay is so bad, and without those elite players this team is still rebuilding. Hopefully we draft well again this year, and maybe make another couple of moves for some former first-rounders or other enticing prospects at the deadline/this offseason.

    I can respect Bergevin wanting players with the right attitude, but I can't help but feel that there isn't a true superstar in the league whose attitude Bergevin would actually tolerate/be able to handle. If he can't rectify that, I don't think he'll ever be able to ice a roster that rises above mediocrity. The fact is, most of the league's best players come with an inflated ego, the managers who win cups are the ones who can manage those egos and play into them/feed off them, not the ones who just avoid them. Hopefully that's a lesson Bergevin has learned and a mistake he won't repeat with this new generation of prospects on their way. Most of those players he shipped out for "bad attitude" made their names as NHL players under his tenure, that's something he shouldn't forget. I'm sure they didn't all come to Montreal wanting to lose, something along the way made them stop caring. That can't happen again.

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  15. welcome back and Happy New Year to Hockey I/O

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  16. I agree with the panel: Tatar. Skating, stick-handling, smart passing, a player you can count on every game. One word—talent

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  17. Lets give a lot of credit to the owner, how easy in this day and age to just fire people after 3, 4 years? I am a Bucs fan for football and there is a perfect example of why firing people does not work. Since 2008 3 GMs, 6 Head Coaches, no playoffs always chasing their tail. Sometimes, just sometimes maybe the guy who made a mistake can fix it. I know it is a radical idea but Montreal seems to understand it, and it seems to be paying off.

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  18. Knuckles is the best. A true hab!

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  19. A topic for next show has to be a discussion on Drouin's performance. Is he only as good as what we are seeing now, or is better than that?

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  20. The biggest surprise so far for me was the success of the off season trades. They have all panned out so far, lucky for Bergevin.

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  21. Bergevin really shouldn't have been given the chance to fix his own mistakes. Logically, he should've been fired seasons ago. Or last season definitely. But the truth is that he wasn't fired and he's made moves to fix his mess. I guess that's better than nothing.

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  22. Just found this channel. Great content.

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  23. Bla bla bla attitude, what a bunch of malarkey! The problem with the MTL Canadians is the MTL Canadians. Fast food restaurants and Condos are more profitable than Hockey.

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  24. Been a hockey fan for 47 years now.Grew up on the Island so of course i loved the dynasty years but the greatest team iv'e ever seen was the 76-77 Canadians..They were a pure joy to watch and in my eyes would of even beat the Great Ones teams in a best of 7 Finals.Its so sad that Montreal hasn't won since 93..like Manchester United in soccer..the Yankees in baseball, the Celtics in b-ball the sport is just better when they are competing for a championship.

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  25. The evidence is clear as to why we are weak on offense across the board we continue to play Kotkaniemi ,the pup isn't ready for the NHL he plays timid hockey you can see the affect it has on his line mates they over compensate which in turn many missed opportunities , he's lacking strength and confidence.

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  26. I think they are underestimating some players. Carey Price if he is really Hot can bring the team in the playoffs and past the first round. If they added 1-2 good defensemen now all off a sudden they would have a team that can compete with anyone if they play good défense. The playoffs won’t be as offensive. A very good defence could push them over.

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  27. Don't need to be a hockey player to perform well and have a good attitude. Even the poor peoples have bad attitude and work only for money.

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  28. 'Marc Bergevin is the best GM in the NHL named Marc Bergevin' G. Molson

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