Montreal Media: We deserve better!

Rocket All HabsCorrespondent IApril 22, 2009

MONTREAL- MARCH 10:  Montreal Canadiens head coach Bob Gainey talks to members of the media after defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at the Bell Centre on March 10, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Canadiens defeated the Oilers 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Posted by: Rocket

Bloggers are often criticized by the mainstream media for rumors, sensationalizing stories, and agenda-driven articles. At All Habs, we don't have to follow suit because we have the Montreal media excelling at all three.

Unfortunately there is little or no accountability for what is said or what is written about the Canadiens. Many stories are manufactured and driven by an agenda. The Montreal media are pampered and have a sense of entitlement. Some seem to feel that they have a role in managing the team.

Here's a small sample from Tuesday's 'news':

First there was Francois Gagnon who said that Bob Gainey recklessly jeopardized Francois Bouillon's career and his ability to secure a new contract by rushing him back into the lineup before he was ready. As we know, Bouillon only lasted 1:46 in Game 2 before aggravating his injury. But why speculate that Gainey had sinister motives when there is not a shred of proof.

The theme was then picked up by the excitable, but rarely rational, Jacques Demers. Demers insinuated that Mathieu Schneider and Alex Tanguay kept themselves out of the lineup to improve their chances of getting a new contract. Demers in his warped logic 'reasoned' that the two players wanted to protect themselves from further injury which would affect their ability to sign as a free agent in the off season. That is outrageous!

Demers said that they probably learned from watching Bouillon get re-injured and decided not to play in Game 3. Demers said: "I think it was just a snowball effect. They (Schneider and Tanguay) said, 'Whoa, what happened to Bouillon here? I don't want to be put in that situation. I'm a free agent. I wanna sign'."

Gaston Therrien wrote that one of the reasons that the Canadiens lost Game 3 was due to Patrice Brisebois not being in the lineup. Apparently Therrien didn't see Game 1, where Brisebois played one of the worst playoff games ever by a Canadiens' defenseman.

After Game 3, Saku Koivu talked about not losing hope and taking one game at a time. Unfortunately Andie Bennett thought Koivu's comments were too bland and cliche. She was looking for something far more emotional and controversial for her story. In her short media career, it seems that Andie is already tainted by the self-serving Montreal media who care more about getting a juicy sound byte for their report than the truth.

Lastly, the whining and the indignation by all media about Bob Gainey choosing not to 'tell all' about his line-up decisions was both pathetic and humorous.