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.