The Montreal Canadiens were fortunate to lead the red-hot Nashville Predators 4-1 late in the third period on Saturday—but once again the Habs made the mistake of switching to cruise-control.
That indifference would come back to haunt the home team.
The Predators scored three times in the last eight minutes of the game, with Radek Bonk scoring his 10th goal of the season in the final 60 seconds to force overtime.
After a scoreless extra session, the Preds completed the comeback in a shootout.
Disappointed Habs fans left the Bell Centre still booing. Everyone knew the Predators were on fire. To take them lightly—even with a three-goal lead—was exceptionally foolish.
Saturday's loss was without doubt the toughest of the season for the Montreal faithful. After such a pitiful performance, I for one am now officially campaigning for a team-wide fire sale.
Here's who has to go...
BOB GAINEY (General Manager)
The team captain isn't the player he used to be.
Koivu can still deliver good performances on occasion, but I would've traded him years ago. As it stands, I can't take any more of him.
Ryder is the worst 30-goal scorer in the history of the NHL.
Saturday's game was vintage Ryder: Every scoring opportunity ended with a shot ringing against the glass or into the backboards.
He belongs on the bench until the Habs can move him in a trade.
TOM KOSTOPOULOS and BRYAN SMOLINSKI
Both players are on the roster because of Gainey's summer brainfreezes. They drag the team into mediocrity.
The Habs should place Kostopoulos and Smoliski on waivers or buy out their contracts if nobody wants them. They're both are slow and useless.
The worst defensemen in the Montreal lineup.
The Habs should trade Gorges, waive him, or send him to the AHL. He'll never be of any use to the club.
As I see it, the Habs won't get better until they cut their dead weight. The only good news is that the farm team in Hamilton looks to be a source of fresh blood.
Maxim Lapierre and Sergei Kostitsyn are surely the equals of Kostopoulos and Smolinski. And Ryan O'Byrne could easily make Habs fans forget Gorges—he showed us his physical side during camp and preseason games.
So let the fire sale begin.