February 21, 2009

Great Unravelling under way in Montreal:

As if a raft of injuries, a soul-crushing losing streak, whispers of excessive partying and the temporary banishment of a star player weren't enough, it has emerged three Habs players are friendly with a gangster who was recently arrested on suspicion of cocaine trafficking and importation. The latest revelations, contained in La Presse,indicate that Belarusian brothers Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn, as well as Czech defenceman Roman Hamrlik, had social ties with 38-year-old Pasquale Mangiola, who stands accused of conspiracy, drug and weapons charges. Mangiola is alleged to have been a key figure in a cocaine ring involving high-profile Hells Angels and members of Montreal's violent Syndicate street gang.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 10:23 AM - 5 comments

Are you telling me I should dump all my Canadians on my fantasy teams?

posted by jjzucal at 01:48 PM on February 21

Oh, pardonnez-moi -- Canadiens!

posted by jjzucal at 01:48 PM on February 21

The Canadian organization on thin ice?

posted by JohnEBGood at 03:56 PM on February 21

As a long-time Bruins' fan. I should be reacting with great schadenfreude, but I just can't be happy about this. Montreal Canadiens are a pillar of the league. Somehow, their ownership and front office have let this great franchise deteriorate to a sorry state. When they were owned by Molson, I wouldn't touch a Molson's during hockey season; the passions were that strong. The saying is that a wounded animal is the most dangerous, but I just don't see it in this case. I certainly hope that Canadiens get back to their once-great level.

posted by Howard_T at 05:06 PM on February 21

I certainly hope that Canadiens get back to their once-great level.

As a Maple Leafs fan, I can safely say that they've got a lot further to fall before they'll find our team at the bottom. The Canadiens have a lot of hope for the next few years but they need to get their house in order.

posted by dfleming at 07:10 PM on February 21

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