"Part of the problem is that people are living in the past," says Lafleur, the former right wing who works for the club as an ambassador. "People talk about the 1970s. We had nine Hall of Fame guys on that 1979 team. There's no team that could afford to keep nine guys like that now. The older people have a tough time understanding that. They wonder why players aren't attached to the team like they used to be, why they don't play with the same pride. The fans go to games, but they don't always see a good show."
The Renaissance took 250 years; Montreal is shooting for three. Like, whatever. The writing is on the wall.