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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.

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    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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  1. Admittedly, I didn’t even see highlights from last nights’ game yet, but I don’t know that you can blame the Vancouver game on Theo. The Habs skaters hung him out to dry repeatedly early – it was like they hadn’t arrived at the rink yet.

    Not to absolve him either though, because more than one of those goals was stoppable too. I just think that pinning it all on him is wrong, when the whole team was playing like a bunch of 4 year olds – chasing the puck and ignoring their position.

  2. #2 Jordanb says:
    January 24, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    Something is fundamentally wrong with this team and it’s not just Theodore. I’ve never seen Zednik play this poorly, and don’t get me started on Ribero. How many people would love to have Perreault over Ribero these days? Kovalev doesn’t seem motivated anymore and I think his poor attitude is contagious. Gainey must be feeling the pressure these days since none of his big moves have panned out. Bonk has been a complete disaster and firing Julien only worked short term. I agree that Gainey should go with Huet for the next two starts, or for the Ottawa game at least. Things are so bad I don’t think one big trade will solve anything because the team has so little confidence right now.

  3. I agree with the above. We all really know it’s foolish to speculate on what is the EXACT cause of this mess. We can only observe and speculate until (and if) the real story (if any) surfaces.

    The Carolina game was almost a carbon copy of the Vancouver game in the first period. And to me, it all started early in the first period of the Calgary game. Calgary solved MTL’s game plan early with relentless checking and forcing puck turn overs. The Habs thereafter where in complete disarray… and still are. They may start the next game with the tenuous hope that this can be turned around somehow. They look good out of the blocks but as soon as Theo lets in a soft one,.. they fall apart. Their game plan is lost. Players are caught out of position because they may realise that Theo’s gonna have one of those nights… the team breaks down… and so on. If Theo can show and prove that he can have a strong first period, then the defence will relax and play their game. This is what I’ve seen. I’ve seen it enough this year for this to be the case. Nevermind the strong teams they’re facing on this road trip… Dallas is a strong team and we outplayed them for that win, only a week or so ago.

    On the subject of no-shows and lamo’s. Radek Bonk is a total disaster. Im starting to think he’s an extra player for the opponent whenever he’s out there. I really don’t know what to make of his play. He looks like he has zippo confidence. Where is all that skill he used to have?

    Not just that, they all play “hot-potato” with the puck most of the time nowadays. It seems well coached teams are figuring out the Hab’s game. Speed is being matched in some cases because teams are opening their stride as well and are shutting down passing lanes. This, combined with the lack of confinence makes a player slower because it’s really a game of instinct and split second reaction.

    I know it’s an understatement but, the chemistry on this team right now is downright dreadfull. Can it get any worse? It begs the question. What’s happening on the inside? Is someone banging someone else’s wife?

    Love the milk carton BTW.

  4. Ok.
    So Theo sucks.
    Did anybody have a doubt in their mind that Theo wasn’t a great goaltender?
    For years now we’ve been saying it. All of a sudden they’re all agreeing?
    He deserves his 4.5 million a year simply for duking us into believing he was talented. But talent was never part of our mix. It was heart…and now that we lost that, there’s nothing left.
    Gainey has some choices to make and he better make ’em before Mr. Gillette makes them for him. I won’t start naming players. I’m sure you all know which ones you don’t like.
    Here’s one suggestion. Play the kids on the first two lines and drop all our so-called heroes to the 3rd and 4th lines. See how the kids’ll skate like little piglets let loose into nature. If that’s not enough, maybe drop Theo down to the minors for a few weeks or until somebody wants him. In the meantime, bring up Danis and watch how two backups save more pucks than our #1.
    How about making long-term healthy scratches out of another few and bringing up some no-namers trying to make it in the big leagues. The fire in their eyes will burn up all our lazy millionaires for weeks.


  5. #5 ole ole ole says:
    January 24, 2006 at 10:07 pm

    wow, this team is in self destruct mode and there isn’t much time left to fix the problem. bob’s been trying to get theo to play a good game to up his trade value. theo is lost out there, it’s like he stopped trying this year. the money has gone straight to his head this year.

  6. #6 Manitoban says:
    January 26, 2006 at 12:38 pm



    Y’know, I had these exact same thoughts. Either everyone got their contracts and no longer feel the need to play well, or something’s up behind the scenes.

  7. #7 Manitoban says:
    January 26, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    LOL was to the “banging someone else’s wife” bit

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