Joel Armia and Jonathan Drouin were strongly criticized on the radio

Published January 13, 2022 at 2:36 PM
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Former NHL goaltender Eric Fichaud has never been one to mince his words when asked for his opinion.

Let's remember that the Montreal Canadiens were outclassed by the Boston Bruins last night, on all levels. The CH lost, but there are ways to lose.

The Habs just don't put their heart into their game. Fichaud talked about one particular sequence on 91.9 Sports on Thursday.

According to him, what happened on the Bruins' shorthanded goal aka Marchand's third goal, was completely UNACCEPTABLE!


He took the opportunity to slam Jonathan Drouin, who is THE player who caused a turnover against his team in offensive territory.

"Jonathan Drouin can have spats with his head coach all he wants, but when the game is on the line, show up! He made a little fancy pass and lost the puck. You have the player who wants the puck and you have the other one who doesn't want it. Marchand, on the other hand, went to get it and he got it back."

Next, Fichaud went after Joel Armia. The analyst didn't mince his words about the Finnish forward, regarding the famous sequence where Marchand put on his hat trick. According to him, number 40 is a real disgrace on the ice.

"Did you see the effort Armia put in to come back? Honestly, it's a shame, that guy shouldn't be in the lineup anymore, it's terrible. He's a veteran, he's not a young guy coming from Laval."

Honestly, if Fichaud had thrown a brick in Armia's face, it would have been less violent than his comments. It's as clear as day.

Fichaud went on to give a very important piece of advice to head coach Dominique Ducharme on what to do next.

"Dominique Ducharme's mandate will be to make sure that games like this don't happen again. Veterans making plays like that is unacceptable."

Let's just say Fichaud said out loud what everyone else is thinking.

It's clearly not Petry, Hoffman and Armia who are going to give you the second or even third effort on the ice. It's not part of their identity. Ducharme goes with what he has. The rest is out of his hands.

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