Every year, on every team, you’ll find players on the bubble of being in the regular line-up or a healthy scratch. When you’re in the first group, you must perform and work hard to stay in the line-up. When you’re in the second situation, you work hard in practice and hope to get your opportunity to show that you belong in the line-up. But what happens when you’re young and you’re not given that opportunity? That’s the situation Victor Mete finds himself in right now.Continue reading “Habs Playing a Dangerous Game With Mete”
Jarred Tinordi had a bright future ahead of him. Big and strong defensemen with mobility on the ice are always in huge demand in the NHL and like his father Mark, a former NHLer himself, Jarred is as tough as it gets. But the 2015-2016 season will be one to forget for you young rear guard, one that he will want to put behind him as soon as possible.
Reaching the point in his early career where he could not be sent down to the AHL without being placed on wavers, the Canadiens decided to keep eight defensemen to start the season in Montreal. Knowing that injuries occur in the course of a hockey season, this decision wasn’t much of a surprise as it would give time to team GM Marc Bergevin to address the issue in the course of the season. Little did he know…
As we all know, the Canadiens were up to a great start and up until All-Star goaltender Carey Price went down for the second time to injuries in late November, the team was flying high. For that reason, Tinordi and teammate Greg Pateryn were not getting much playing time, having to sit in the press box more often than not. What became surprising however, and what raised some serious questions with many, and we touched on that bad then.
In a much publicized and criticized trade with the Arizona Coyotes, Tinordi was sent packing and the Canadiens received John Scott and Victor Bartley, a very modest return for a former first round pick with such upside. Everyone was pretty upset about the return and rightfully so, and most were blaming Bergevin for wasting an asset for what appeared to be nothing.
The truth comes out
As the NHL announced that Tinordi was issued a 20 games suspension without pay for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program, things started falling into place. But not before those holding a grunge against the Montreal organization added to their personal vendetta by claiming that the Habs had known about it and that would further tarnish the organization. This theory was rapidly shut down by the Coyotes themselves, as shown here:
Neither team knew about the test result at the time of the trade, according to #Coyotes.
— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) March 9, 2016
Little information has been released about the timeline and details of the testing on Tinordi but it appears like the testing itself was done while the big defenseman was still property of the Habs. Automatically, the league would know about the testing and the preliminary results and if they didn’t suspend him immediately, it is logical to think that Tinordi appealed the decision. As we can see with the Dennis Wideman appeal, those things drag for a long time.
Fans need to take a chill pill
The Tinordi situation, including why he wasn’t being played, why teams weren’t rushing to acquire him and why the Canadiens received so little in a trade for him are all reminders that fans, bloggers and media don’t know the ins and outs of what is going on behind the scene. Too many times, fans and bloggers especially, refuse to give the benefit of the doubt and feed on the fans’ popular belief and this is a crystal clear example that acting like this in pure non-sense.
Further information on the Tinordi situation may or may never come out but it certainly seems to explain why Bergevin said, after the trade, that this was the first offer that he had received for an asset that we all thought would be very desirable. It also brings some clarity on Bergevin’s comments after the trade when he said that he had to pull the trigger on this deal.
Now we better understand why Jarred Tinordi has remained so quiet in spite of not playing, and why Mark did the same. They knew about the tests and the process and they, unlike any of us, knew the real facts behind a very difficult situation for all parties involved.
To me and many level headed fans who try to take the rose glasses off when analysing a situation, it also reveals that while we all have opinions, pretending to know what we’re talking about, we don’t know much. We only know the tip of the iceberg but have no idea what lays underneath. My advise to those fans and bloggers pretending to be the invincible is that even the Titanic sank. Take your chill pill.
Go Habs Go!