In the last decade of the 18th century, the French people were ready to revolt. They were hungry and tired of the absolute monarchy that ruled them. When bread prices soared, Marie-Antoinette, the queen of France supposedly proclaimed “Well let them eat cake”.
When Pierre Gauthier fired Perry Pearn last night, that’s what he told the Habs fan base. He wasn’t going to give us the bread we so craved and needed, instead he offered an off the cuff firing, hoping it would appease the masses.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled with the win last night. THRILLED! Watching a hockey game was actually an enjoyable experience. I didn’t have angry texts going back and forth between my friends, and heck, I might even walk down to Cage aux Sports for some free wings today.
It’s just unfortunate that the win might mask the insult that Gauthier threw at us yesterday. Either Perry Pearn was some sort of evil behind the scenes tyrant who was single handedly responsible for all the on-ice decisions, or Gauthier thinks the Habs faithful a dim-witted bunch who can be fooled with slight of hand.
During Gauthier’s press conference (you can watch the video here), it appears as though he was actually emphasizing how Perry Pearn did nothing wrong. Well, if he did nothing wrong, why was he fired? Gauthier mentioned that it was “not a reflection on Mr. Pearn’s job”, and “not about an individual person”. In a nutshell, what Gauthier meant was “the city was outside my office with torches and pitch forks, I got scared, so I sent out a sacrificial lamb”. I’m surprised he didn’t end the press conference thanking Perry Pearn for “taking one for the team”, because in essence, that is what he did.
It gets better though. Apparently there is a global plan in place that includes thinking outside the box. Let me translate for you…buzzword, verb, noun, buzzword.
I don’t mean to sound bitter after a great win. Perhaps more changes are coming. I mean Cole was on every powerplay last night, the lines seemed somewhat stable, and not a single too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty was called against the Habs.
And lest we forget the true enemy was also expunged from the system yesterday….
(For charity’s sake, I hope someone buys them. If I were rich, I would buy them then hold a public torching. But that’s just me, and I’m not rich.)
But at the end of the day, I feel Gauthier showed us again that he is not the right man for the job. Trying to fool us into submission is neither smart not sustainable. Habs won last night because there is talent on this team DESPITE the management. Let’s hope Habs can overcome their bosses again tonight, and go to Boston with 2-wins under their belt.