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It's Over

March 15, 2011 @ 07:45

I received a message on my Facebook page from Freeway Frank last night. All it said was fooooooooooooooooore.

I get it. It's an old and tired line, and I hope he updates his act before becoming morning man at Virgin Radio in Montreal, but what he's referring to is the Leafs. Their goofy little run at a playoff spot came to an end last night with a 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Before I get to the Leafs, let me say this. Despite the sparring back and forth with the likes of Frank and other aggravating Hab fans this year, I really am impressed with what the Canadiens have done this year. I didn't expect it going into the season, and it only became more impressive as the season went along and they maintained their excellent play despite some key injuries.

You look at their roster and you scratch your. How did that lineup provide those results?

Well, I think the answer is coaching and to my mind it exposes the biggest gap between the Leafs and Habs. Yes, the Habs have better players than the Leafs, but not that much better. As the season draws to a close I think it's safe to say Jacques Martin got a lot more out of his players than Ron Wilson got out of his.

During the Leafs half decent run since the all-star break the point was made several times in the media that Wilson had probably earned a new contract. We can only hope that's not true.

If this season has proved anything, it's that Ron Wilson is not the coach for this team. As Brian Burke improves the roster, the same can't be said about key coaching elements like the power play, penalty killing and blatant give-aways which are usually tied to a loose system.

Over the past week or so, when the pressure was the Leafs to elevate their game even more and reach for the reachable, they've lost four of their last five. Obviously, other than the Buffalo game, they weren't ready to play, and that too can be tied to coaching.

Ron Wilson gave it a shot, but I think we can safely say, he failed. It's time to move on and Brian Burke should not only continue to build the roster, he should continue to build the coaching staff and the next move should be the main man.

But back to the Habs for a second. They've played very well this year, but I'm hoping this aggravation will end in the playoffs. They're small and soft and understaffed and should be handled quite easily in a playoff atmosphere.

With any luck, the Habs should end up in the tee-box right behind the Leafs and the Montreal Cup drought will reach 18 seasons.

I realize it's not 44, but its still a long time. Long enough to shut-up the goof balls.

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17 Responses to "It's Over"


Speyside Phil
March 15, 2011 / 08:48

As I've said a million times before, yes Wilson has to go, but when you have a lousy power play, lousy penalty kill, and you can't move the puck out of your own end then it's a lot more than Wilson at fault. Fire Acton, Hunter, and the other guy whoever that is and draw a clean slate.


Chipper
March 15, 2011 / 09:05

Thank you to the Leafs... every year for the last five, before the start of the season,I have bet they would not make the playoffs.

Don't get me wrong, I am a Leaf fan who is long sick of hearing 'we are rebuilding' every year for 40+ years.

The one thing I am not sick about is that there is a never ending supply of suckers for me to bet with, and for that, I thank them.


Chicago Fan
March 15, 2011 / 09:41

Heeeee-haaaaawwwwww!!!!!


Freeway
March 15, 2011 / 11:18

You calling me a goof ball? I'm so hurt.


Il Duce
March 15, 2011 / 11:45

Sorry Freddie but you’re wrong about this! What Franco was trying to say on your FB page is that the habs will lose in four straight games. Being from Montreal and of southern Italian decent, let’s just say Franco isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box and that’s how he spells four in English.


THE OTHER JAMES
March 15, 2011 / 12:15

Gas the coaching staff and bring in #93 to coach. Now a days you almost need just grit to coach these millionaires. If not Gilmour for coach Lindy Ruff might do if he becomes available.


Freeway
March 15, 2011 / 14:11

I'm Northern Italian. I hold my nose up to you Il Duce. We are from Milano which is like Montreal. Better than where you are from, guaranteed.


Freeway
March 15, 2011 / 14:33

Freddie P. Famous quotes..continued 2010-2011

"the Leafs will make the playoffs" -wrong
"the Leafs will finish ahead of the Habs" -wrong
"the Leafs are not that far different than the Habs" -wrong, 8 wins better and don't forget, Montreal is one of the most injured teams this year.

Il Duce Quotes...

"Price is not a good goalie" -you're right, he's currently the BEST in the league. His stats are almost as good at this point, slightly shy of Patrick Roy's numbers in 93 when they last won the cup. He has 8 shutouts, the most wins and is number 1 or 2 in all other categories.

We don't need anymore Il Duce quotes because he's just as relevant as the MLS is as a soccer league.


Irvine
March 15, 2011 / 15:19

@Freeway:

I'm mostly supportive of you dude. I listened to you on Energy 101.5. I thought it was dumb when they fired you. And regardless of the fact my province hands over $9 bil to the French every year to give cheap sex changes to "Les Quebecois" I still prefer the Habs over the Leafs.

And I've been to Milano and much of Italy. It's a bucolic charming area of the world, a past rich with culture & heritage. And a place where 74 year old presidents get away with having affairs with 18 year old prostitutes.

But dude, you had to mention the MLS and bring up football. The Azzurri (Italian National Football Team) are the only professional sports team that are more lame than the Leafs. Their fans are even worse. While Leaf fans continue to support mediocrity at a high price, Italian fans support a collection of girly drama queens who have more theatrics than Lady Gaga at an awards show. The greatest moment in modern support was the headbutt Zidane gave to the Italian girly man in the 2006 World Cup.


Il Duce
March 15, 2011 / 16:21

@Freeway

Whatever! With a nose like that you're from Sicily.

And I never said Price wasn't a good goalie. I called him Houdini and said he doesn't have the character to carry this team. Franco, watch what happens to Price and see him crumble under the intense pressure of playoff hockey. Price can win every award under the sun during the regular season, let's judge him on his playoff performance.

Comparing Price to Roy is a bit of a stretch even for you Franco. The only similarity that they will share after this season is not a Stanley Cup but rather both will have deserted les habitants.

That you can quote me on and book it Dano.


Freeway
March 15, 2011 / 17:12

The only thing you're right about is I have a big nose.


Robbie J
March 15, 2011 / 20:53

Freddie...
ya know i love ya but all rhetoric aside I will tell you something hard a true from someone my age (hitting 40 this year) that cannot be ignored:

True it may be 18 years since the Habs last won a cup, however there remains one clear fact that a Montreal fan my age can still trump me with. He/She has witnessed their team win a Stanley Cup in their lifetime.

Game...Set...(depressing) Match to them for those of us 44 and under.
R


Anonymous
March 16, 2011 / 09:10

guess the bottom line is Habs playoffs leafs not.


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rob
March 22, 2011 / 11:54

I wanted to become an atheist but I gave it up. They have no holidays


Dave O
March 22, 2011 / 22:53

Wow. A kinder, gentler Freddie; not at all like last years tirades.

You're getting soft.


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