June 5, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Montreal Canadiens new head coach Michel Therrien (left) is introduced at a press conference by general manager Marc Bergevin (right) at the Bell Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs Change

As an avid Habs fan, I have a void in my heart that isn’t at all difficult to fill with the many great things we’ve accomplished this season.  Yet the void still exists.  I’ve believed in The Montreal Canadiens since they taught me the game.  I quickly learned the spirit of the team and the City of Montreal and strongly believe above all else, the history of this team will carry us through.  Since I’ve been paying attention to, and defending our team, I have repeated a deja vu of rebuttals that always included how adamant I was that our team didn’t need “star power”.  I would speak of the original six, Jacques Plante, Patrick Roy etc. In my mind, anyone with the “CH” on their chest must appreciate the history of the team and it’s city.  So when the time called for it, expected or not, any and all our players would step up and get the job done.  I’m still singing the same tune but with a few new notes for a bridge.
While the symbol represents its own world and legacy, the players on the ice translate and display the legacy.  I believe it’s the reason Habs fans can love or hate our players as easily as we do.  Each individual on the team is judged by how deserving they are to wear the Habs jersey, leaving them to be praised extravagantly and cursed extravagantly.
With that in mind, I am entertaining the idea of having a few additions with proven status and no signs of slowing down.  I would say at least one 48 goal scorer and two 78 point scorers that we can make stars out of in the media while they fall into Michel Therriens’ system of Les Canadiens hockey club.  It’s difficult to accept the kind of trades we would have to make in order achieve high-ranking forwards, however, these losses are easier to swallow than losing a chance at The Cup and all that is necessary to win it.
I support The Montreal Canadiens through all the highs and lows.  I have a biased love for all our players but I love the team more, so there is no player I would not sacrifice if it meant restoring the legacy of our team by way of winning The Cup…..often.

Old habits may die hard. A Winning Habit never fades.

Martin Thompson

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