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  • Mario Lemieux Retires

    Well I predicted this back in December but at that point I believe it was fairly obvious to everyone the Super Mario was just about done.

    What can you say about Mario the Magnificent? Unfortunately his latter years in the game were very un-Mario like and pretty much meaningless. Those years made it a little harder to remember what kind of player he was. Remove the last 8 years where he barely played, was stricken with health problems or was in his first retirement – and remember Mario for who he really is.

    Mario Lemieux can be considered in the Top 5 greatest forwards who ever played the game. Slide him in at whichever slot you want, but most people would have a hard time disagreeing with that.

    I loved Mario in the early 90′s where he lead the Pens to 2 Stanley Cup’s and dominated the game all on his own. Perhaps he is the last player ever to be so dominant all by himself.

    Mario also goes down as a Canadian legend. Few people scored more beautiful goals than Mario did while wearing the Maple Leaf on his chest.

    Mario is a hockey legend and a Canadian and Quebec hero to everyone who appreciates the game of hockey. Good luck to him in the future.

  • Jose Theodore AWOL

    It doesn’t take a genius to see that there is something wrong with this hockey club. The Canadiens got embarassed for the second time in a row losing again to the Carolina Hurricanes 7-3. The Canadiens have allowed 13 goals in the past two games.

    So what’s wrong?

    Is it Jose Theodore? Maybe. Is it all his fault? Arguably. Is there something else? Probably.

    Theodore was pulled for the second consecutive game and without having to go into his specific stats let’s just agree his play has been atrocious.

    jose theodore

    Everyone has bad stretches but this is becoming ridiculous and embarassing. Sure he doesn’t have the greatest team or defence in front of him but when you’re the #1 goalie and a Hart/Vezina winner you are expected to show up and play at a certain level.

    Theodore looked like he had tears in his eyes after he got pulled again and the camera closed in while he was parking himself on the bench. Theodore has never even really acknowledged that his play has been subpar. There’s an attitude about him and his popularity is decreasing rapidly even among his most loyal supporters.

    There’s a real pissed off feeling around Montreal these days and Montreal hockey fans are noticeably angry and embarassed. Rightfully so.

    Does Theo still hold any trade value? If you were a GM seeking a goalie would you feel strongly about him? If you did would you give up quality prospects or core players to get him? I’m leaning towards no. The Canadiens may be stuck with old Theo for better or for worse.

    Cristobal Huet deserves the next two starts just as he did before Claude Julien was canned and Gainey re-instated Theodore. Gainey had given Theo a fresh start and an oppurtunity to prove himself but he has once again failed to do it. Gainey will be taking the heat if Theo shows up in goal against the Flyers tommorow night.

     

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