The Habs fans' paradox...(the Saku effect)

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    I always find Habs fans such a curious bunch.

    Seeing last night's game, I was almost moved to tears witnessing the ovation Captain Saku got - warm, enthusiastic, absolutely heartfelt. A beautiful moment by a classy bunch of fans.

    And yet, I remember in the Brisebois years, he was bood relentlessly, and I remember reading he would sit in his car after the game and literally cry (this was from an article in SI about the worst sports fans in the world). It's amazing how as a they express such love and then such absolute cold hatred on their team, picking a player and tormenting them relentlessly.

    I'm curious - what were your the warmest / coldest memories of player treatment by fans in Habs history?
     
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    Redux91 I do Three bullets.

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    Are you REALLY from zimbabwe?
     
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    I am. It's hot this time of year.
     
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    I'm going to boo Zimbabwe now. :laugh:

    As for Brisebois, I feel bad for him. Just like I feel bad for DD. Yes, our fans can be rough and you need the metal toughness to play here. It's not for everyone.

    But...

    If the fans love you... they REALLY love you and will love you forever.
     
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    We can be the best fans in the world and the worst fans in the world when we want to
     
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    As much as I liked Saku's intensity when he played as a Hab, I grew weary of the crazy attention the media gave over his return. He left 5 years ago, can we move on already?
     
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    In 2009 everyone wanted him gone lmao
     
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    What about no.
     
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    Aw man, he was captain, beat cancer, nearly lost his sight in one eye...that's hard to forget...
     
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    I hated Koivu as a player because he kept being forced as a first line center eventhough he wasn't (at least for the last couple of years). I wanted him gone and I still think it was the right decision at the time

    it doesn't mean I can't love the guy and what he did for this town, he deserves a statue or a street name
     
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    How long did it take you to poll every single Habs fan? Must have taken a while.
     
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    It's kind of how I feel about DD too. Guy isn't playing well but people over do it.

    Montreal fans are passionate, not considerate. We like to be loud.
     
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    Warmest: Saku Koivu "The Comeback"

    Coldest: Early Carey Price being booed even if it wasn't even normally his fault
     
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    Greatest city to play in when you win, worst on the planet when you lose. As a Saku fan, the chant and ovation was nice to see and hear last night, but I'm fairly certain neither would have happened had we been losing 4-1.
     
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    God... i thought he was GONE

    it was the worst feeling ever and was 1000% ashamed to be a habs fan
     
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    not if koivu scored the 4 goals!
     
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    Price getting booed in the preseason games was ridiculously stupid.
     
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    Why did you hate Koivu though? Shouldn't you be hating the coach or the GM who put Koivu in that situation?
     
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    Actually I don't think so. People were waiting a moment to cheer for Koivu all night. I was there and everytime we got a glimpse of Koivu on the jumbotron, we start cheering. We started chanting his name with about 2 minutes left in the game but he was still on the bench, as soon as he hits the ice, everybody stood up and gave him and ovation that lasted until the end of the game.

    I probably wasn't the only one but I was there yesterday to see Koivu and give him an ovation. I was so glad that the fans or whoever that voted for him to be the 3rd star. It was a magical moment.
     
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    This. You really think Koivu was telling the Coach/GM to not get a better Center because he wanted to be No.1. Koivu would have probably been the first person in line to approve of a deal to bring in someone better than him on the ice to help him out.
     
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    I think it's important to remember that Gainey's decision was to let Koivu walk, and replace him by trading assets for Gomez. It's one thing to have taken the position of "lose Koivu so that we can replace him with a true #1 center"... it's another to make that move in real life. What's the opposite of opportunity cost?
     
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    I think every fan, including myself, is happy he won his battle with cancer, but I wonder how much of his high regard is due to this, than his play on the ice.

    What I remember in the later years with the habs were his untimely hooking penalties. He moved on, yet it seems many hab fans haven't.
     
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    Koivu is still better than Desharnais or Gionta. I would 100% make a swap between these players.
     
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    yeah, you're probably right about the coach and GM part to be honest. But there was also all this "Koivu clan vs Kovalev clan" thing supposedly going on in the locker room which was confirmed by some and denied by others. I believed it was true for a long time, but we'll probably never know the truth so I really can't say

    I was okay with Koivu leaving to rebuild this team, I didn't say Gainey did a good job at doing the second part of his job. I liked the idea of "okay this isn't going anywhere let's rebuild everything", and that meant getting rid of some key players including Koivu. Sadly Gainey was a terrible GM
     
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    I personally loved SKu as a player and our captain. I also never wanted him to leave. Some imbeciles though that since he wasn't first line or French that he shoul leave. Both of those could have been solved by signing a big young French center man. None of those compliant were answered by him being traded.

    Saku is pure class, has aheart like a lion, and was a damn good hocky player, and would be a serious upgrade over DD. He will forever be a Hab in my mind, along with Roy, and other talent that loved the Habs and Montreal but were run out of town for some inane reason.
     

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