Wednesday, October 22, 2008
"He Haunts Us Still...."
There's a lot of things wrong with the Ottawa Senators right now but some things are easier fixed than others.
And now it's time to fix Martin Gerber. No more excuses.
First it was Ray Emery who was somehow unfairly pushing him for playing time. Then it was John Paddock pulling him in a long ago forgotten game, destroying his "confidence".
Both of those roadblocks were removed from Gerber's career. He has had massive support among the fanbase and the media in Ottawa. Everyone loves this guy, rain or shine and he has been given every opportunity in the world despite the fact that he continues to lose, year after year.
But now the damage he has done to the organization has hit the terminal point.
He has become a classic example of a media constructed legend. If they keep saying he's a number one goalie, eventually everyone will believe it, regardless of the reality.
And now a question to his legions of fans and apologists who no doubt will turn their minds inside out to dredge up more half-cocked excuses for his play: Are you fans of the Ottawa Senators or are you fans of Martin Gerber? It's a valid question because the two entities are increasingly becoming polarized.
Should the goals of the organization be put aside so they can continue this exhausting charade of trying to reward the "good guy"?
Will Bryan Murray really risk his job going to the wall for Martin Gerber? Will Hartsburg?
How long before everyone realizes that they've been strolling through a Potemkin Village?