Geoff Molson apologizes to Habs fans

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 1/7/2013 5:43:00 PM

Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson thanked fans, and promised to compensate them for their patience during the NHL lockout, and for the lost part of the season.

At a news conference at the Habs' practice facility in Brossard Monday afternoon, he says he isn't sure what form that will take.

"We certainly have an enormous appreciation for our fans," Molson said. "This game is part of the culture of this city and this province, and our fans did not get to see our team play for four straight months, and that's a lot."

Molson was flanked by his general manager Marc Bergevin and his coach Michel Therrien, who all answered questions about the Habs' upcoming season, which will most likely be a 48-game season that'll start on Jan. 19.

One of Bergevin's main orders of business is getting rising star defenseman P.K. Subban signed before training camp begins this coming Saturday.

And as for underperforming forward Scott Gomez, Bergevin said he will be part of this year's team, adding there were many reasons for the Habs' 15th place finish in the Eastern Conference last year.

And as for Alex Galchenyuk, the Habs' first-round pick in last year's draft, he will be invited to camp, though neither Bergevin nor Therrien would tip their hands as to whether he would be part of the team when the season starts. Galchenyuk starred for the gold-medal winning U.S. team at the recent world junior hockey championships in Russia.

Photo: Olivier Pontbriand (La Presse)

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  1. Eric posted on 01/07/2013 06:37 PM
    Compensating hab fans by icing yet another in a series (20+yrs) of inferior on ice product, with a retread loser coach a boring defensive system, high ticket prices and a host of 3rd liners to fill the seats of the bell centre. Fan junkies should just gobble it up.
  2. ROB T. posted on 01/07/2013 06:56 PM
    I hope his form of compensation is not those silly free towels to wave at games
  3. LMAO posted on 01/07/2013 06:58 PM
    "We certainly have an enormous appreciation for our fans," Molson said. "
    What a joke, you lock out the workers before exhausting all other avenues of negotiating, you cause lower wage earners to lose money they can ill afford to lose and have lost more money then you will ever recover after 4 months of pointless lockout. Sorry buddy boy but i found there are lots of other sport alternatives to watch other than hockey and i have not really missed you that much.
    I am not in any rush to watch a bunch of half fit athletes playing in a stripped down version of what the NHL will call the 2013 season just to try to recover some of your losses which you could have kept if you followed the same negotiating rules everyone else has to.
    1. Andrew posted on 01/08/2013 04:16 PM
      @LMAO On a side note what about the bricks (centennial) that fans paid for and now they are in a storage facility? What about that? Apologies will not buy anything and are meaningless unless you back it up with action! Lets hope it is not the usual "gum flapping".
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