Monday, January 14, 2013

Gomer, we knew ye all too well(and other Monday morning musings)

Well, that wasn't the thank-you Habs Nation was expecting for tolerating another lockout, but for the overwhelming majority of Canadiens fans, the de facto release of Scott Gomez is the surprise Christmas gift that got lost in the mail. Even if it's strictly business, there's enormous symbolism in unloading the player who singularly personified the folly of the Gainey-Gauthier era. Marc Bergevin can't unravel the mess he inherited in one move, but making a bold - if expensive - decision to undo the biggest mistake of them all is a good start for the new regime and sends the right message to an unfailingly loyal fan base...Speaking of sending messages, that whole fan boycott thing is off to a bit of a rocky start, judging from the full house at yesterday's free practice at the Canadiens training facility in Brossard, and they'll undoubtedly fill the Bell Center for Thursday night's open scrimmage/exhibition game. The first one is free - where have I heard that before?...In his first public appearance since being fired as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brian Burke was his usual blunt, uncensored self except for one fundamental contradiction: Burke said his dismissal was handled with class and dignity, but admitted he didn't get a satisfactory explanation for the timing. Anything less than a full accounting to an accomplished professional of Burke's stature falls short of classy and dignified...You would think San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has nothing left to prove after Saturday's historic playoff performance against Green Bay, and you'd be wrong. The second-guessers won't be completely placated until Kaepernick takes the 49ers farther than Alex Smith took them, and that means all the way to the Super Bowl...File this one under "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is." The headline this weekend read "Cole considers retirement," but the story was about Erik, not Bob. A guy can still dream, though.

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