Hey Montreal has always been a tough town to play in. Dryden won 6 cups in his 8 years and he was booed and people were calling for Bunny friggin Laroque to replace him - the same way they wanted red light racicot to replace Roy- until it happened.
Ive always liked Maxpac. The issue is he also is not the straw that stirs the drink. He scored 30 goals playing with basically a 3rd line centre in DD, but he is not going to create offence on his own. He needs a Markov and Subban on the back and someone to feed him to get his goal.
He is a less skilled (but way more heart) version of Kessel. If he’s all you got he’s not good enough and that’s the problem right now - he’s all we’ve got, he’s the captain and is the target of everyone’s frustration because how lousy the team has been the last 3 years. When you add in the fact that some fans and media don’t like the fact that he doesn’t play like Gallagher, despite being looking like he’s twice his size and he becomes a bigger lightening rod for criticism - he is very similar to van Riemsdyk. Big player who can score, but played on the perimeter and people always wanted more from him - when he’s gone from Toronto next year he will be missed. But at least they’ve got Matthews, Marner, Nylander, Marleau and Kadri. We’ve got Gallagher, galchenyuk and Drouin - the last two playing of position and being misused.
when maxpac is gone we’ll miss him even more, because we are even more starved for offence, but as much as I like him, I think we need to trade him. This team isn’t going anywhere and it will take at least 3 years to build a serious contender - unless MB pulls a Tavares and a top LD out of his hat that still has the stench of all of the crap he has been brining in the last 3 or 4 years. I’d trade him, Price and Weber and do a complete rebuild - not because I’d don’t like any of them, but because I’d don’t think we can surround them with what’s needed to be a contender in the short window they have left.
I also wanted Kovolev gone during his last two years and was pissed that gainey offered him a contract and let Koivu walk for nothing and traded for Gomez as a replacement.