Now that I've trolled the Flames here on Nucksmisconduct (and enjoyed every moment of it), I thought I should be equal opportunity and take advantage of this very very very very VERY rare period in history when the Canucks have been the best of the bunch for a sustained period of time and go ahead and troll all the other Canadian NHL franchises. Today's target: the Montreal Hockey Club, les Canadiens!
This one will be short and sweet.
1. The Montreal Canadiens have played 35 games so far this NHL season.
2. The Montreal Canadiens' five highest paid forwards are Messrs. Gomez (age 32), Cammalleri (29), Plekanec (29), Gionta (32), and Cole (33).
3. The average cap hit between those five players is $5.6 million. To reiterate, that's an average, and these are 5 separate players who take up 5 roster spots and each of whom's salary counts against the cap.
4. Each of these 5 players is signed through at least the 2013-2014 season, so the Habs are burdened with these expensive contracts on the books for a while.
5. The 5 of them, combined, have 87 points this season. To reiterate, that's a combined total, for 5 players who on average take up $5.6 million of Habs' cap space-----each.
1. The Vancouver Canucks have played 34 games so far this NHL season.
2. The Vancouver Canucks' three highest paid forwards are Messrs. Sedin (31), Sedin (31), and Kesler (27).
3. The average cap hit between those three players is $5.7 million. To reiterate, that's an average, while these players only take up 3 roster spots.
4. Each of these 3 players is signed through at least the 2013-2014 season, so the Canucks will have each of them for a steal of a price for a while.
5. The 3 of them, combined, and again this is ONLY THREE PLAYERS, have 103 points this season.
In conclusion, maybe selecting a coach based on ethnic/linguistic/ridiculous grounds is a might-as-well-try idea? I mean, it's not like making decisions based on "hockey reasons" has been working out in recent years, you know?