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McKenzie: Canadiens “Were In Hard On Jonathan Drouin”

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Bob McKenzie was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Friday morning.

As part of a larger discussion on the Canadiens, and on if Carey Price’s injury situation goes somewhere to explaining the almost infuriating lack of activity from the team over the course of the worst stretch in franchise history:

“Quite possibly, although like I say, I do believe – I don’t know what Marc Bergevin will or won’t get done, but based on what I’ve heard over the course of the season, I think he’s tried. I don’t think it’s just been a case like, ‘Ah well, Carey’s not coming back, so I’m not even going to pick up the phone.’

“They were in hard on Jonathan Drouin… There hasn’t been a lot of results on that front, but I don’t think it’s been a lack of (activity).

“But I’ll tell you, big picture… nobody from the Montreal Canadiens organization gets to come out and have any kind of righteous indignation if they say, ‘Oh, this is a ridiculous report’ or whatever else.

“When you keep things secret – especially with a franchise player in a city like Montreal – if reports come out and they turn out to not be accurate, you don’t even get to criticize the inaccurate reports because you fostered a mentality where people are going to maybe go down that road. And if they’re not right for whatever reason, all that speculation and all the possibility for maybe being wrong – and I’m not saying Richard is wrong at all, I’m just saying if he’s back in two and half to three weeks and ready to roll – the Canadiens as an organization lose their right to be offended by inaccuracies because they’ve fostered an environment that’s bound to lead to a lot of speculation.”

Source: TSN 690/ Transcript: Nichols

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