Montreal Canadiens need their Captain back

By Jeff Zeffer

Even since interim coach Randy Cunneyworth took the bench in Montreal to be the head coach. The biggest news in Montreal has been the debate over the fact that Cunneyworth does not speak French.

This news in my opinion has over shadowed the reasons why the Canadiens have done poorly in the month of December. I feel that the real reason of their poor play is the fact that the Habs have been decimated by injuries even before the season began.

Looking back the Canadiens had Andrei Markov (right knee swelling), Lars Eller (shoulder surgery) and Louis Leblanc (undisclosed injury) all on the IR, while David Desharnais was day-to-day (lower body ailment), all of this before the season started. As the season went along we saw Ryan White (sports hernia) go down with an injury. Mike Cammalleri and Jaroslav Spacek (now traded) were out twice, with day-to-day injuries. The list goes on with veterans Hal Gill, Scott Gomez and Travis Moen.

In my mind a biggest lost for the Habs have been the injury to captain Brian Gionta (lower body). Even into his 30’s Gionta is still producing points. I still believe Gionta is taking is part of being the leader for this team off the ice. But with no captain on the ice, I do not think the Habs are getting enough veteran leadership, they need the kind of presence a 5′ 7″ player can bring.

The overall woes of this team should not be directed towards a non-speaking french coach. The team is terrible and injuries have not helped this season for the Canadiens.

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