The Ghost is gone

- March 29th, 2012

Pierre Gauthier got his walking papers Thursday.
He deserved it. He should have been gone long ago.
He took a lot of good men with him.
Jacques Martin and Perry Pearn must be laughing somewhere.
They’re both special assignment scouts for Gauthier. Both were relieved of their coaching duties. The Montreal Canadiens were a proud organization until Gauthier took over. He has run them into the ground. We’re not talking about a great personality here.
Gauthier got what he deserved by getting fired.
I’m surprised Geoff Molson allowed it to go on as long as he did.
This was a change that was necessary.
The Habs need to get the next hiring right?
So, who should get the job?
SPEZZA OR KARLSSON: EA Sports is holding a vote to see who will be on the cover of their NHL 13 next year. Jason Spezza vs. Erik Karlsson are the Ottawa representatives.
You can go here to vote:
They’ve started with 64 players and will get it down by the voting to decide.

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29 comments

  1. Mike8888 says:

    At least all the sports writers can have more than 1 cookie now in the pressbox. I bet the Ghost won’t resurface in Anaheim this time. :)

  2. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Plates of cookies in the press gallery are rejoicing as we speak Bruce!

    Damn, Mike stole my line!
    No, I have defended him because we share a name and we’re both French but to defend Gauthier is to defend the indefensible! He is nothing but a petty dictator in love with his own mind, kind of a Ron Wilson writ large.

    Who should replace him? Not my bon ami Patrick Roy, that’s for sure! It should be someone…OUTSIDE the org.
    Geoff Molson gave us the grandiose speech today, 24 Stanley Cups blah blah…get a guy like the Nashville guy…what’s his name, it escapes me, not Jeff Norton…not Poile…gah. ANyway, someone with a brain for the cap, that can evaluate talent and go from there. Have im go to Berlitz to learn French over the summer and away they go!

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    Who should get the job or who will get the job? With two Francophones being relieved of their coaching duties (Carbo and Martin…and I thought the should have kept Carbo), an Anglo-phone soon to be fired and the gross mis-management by Gainey and the Ghost, Molson will put some thought into his selection. Pierre, I still think it is going to be King Roi and the creative mastermind Boucher behind the bench. Is that whats best for the Organization, I am not sure but, it should shut up the vocal minority who don’t give a damn about hockey and the Montreal Canadiens until there is a English Coach.

  4. PaV says:

    I have no doubt that MTL will be back in the hunt for the playoffs next season. MTL was my team before Ottawa came back to town.. so I have a soft sport for them.

    No idea who should replace him.. but he better speak French..! ha!

    I hear Laff Nation was chanting ‘Lets go Blue Jays’ in their smackdown last night. Man oh Man… 7-1.. that team is just sad… they are like a lost puppy….. that none wants. I can’t wait for a re-build year next year……. The person I feel most bad for is the guy that ordered the rings back in November….. having to cancel that order. Such a shame.

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun to see Mcguire in Montreal as the new GM? For those who think he is bound to return to the NHL, need to be reminded he has been out of the NHL for over 6 years and like all things, there is a good reason…he’s a goof. NHL players have zero respect and poke fun at the silly fool. I am sure he would love the opportunity to be a GM; it can’t be a lot of fun being away from your family and living out of a suit case doing 3 or 4 games a week.

    Patrick Roi may not be the best choice for GM but he would be a popular choice in Montreal and maybe, that’s where Molson’s focus will be, pleasing their fickle fans. The once storied franchise has been in a state of steady decline even before they stole their last Cup. The last few years have been nothing short of a shameful embarrassment. I couldn’t believe it when Gainey brought Calamari, Poncho Villa and the Smurph on board. The can skate and 2 of the 3 can score but they are small by todays standards and the team was not big or tough enough to defend them. The money they were being paid was gaudy, even by today’s standards (particularly the money Gomez was paid). Then, they made an American their Captain. For years before that, they had a Fin, Saku Koivu, as their Captain. You can bet your bottom dollar that Les Glorieux will have a Pur Laine for Coach and Captain next year! I never understood why Canadian teams are reluctant to have Canadian Captains. Has a Swede or a Fin ever led a team to the promised land?

    Wasn’t Randy Carlyle supposed to bring stability to the Toronto Maple Leafs? Wasn’t he the going to champion respectability, responsibility, accountabliliy and the rest of the abilities? Isn’t he a master tactician/strategist? Weren’t the Leaf’s under Carlyle going to focus on defence first (which was going to open up the offence..a concept I never, ever understood)? They lost again last night 7 -1 and we aren’t hearing a word from Lord Burke…where has he gone? Oh by the way Bruce, Lord Burke made the call, not Wilson to make Phaneuf Captain. It was predetermined when he was acquired in the trade. Wilson was Burke’s puppet and he is only out of a job (I would wager) because the Chease with MLSE forced his hand in a feeble effort to pacify their fans. The fans are now cheering on the Jays, in the middle of a hockey game! Instead of chanting for Wilson’s head, they should have focused their attention on the architect. BTW, Ashton, the kid Burke promoted as “big, fast, skilled with a sandpaper” after 12 games has yet to score a goal or even earn an assist (even a cheapie). The kid may have sandpaper but he right now he really need toilet paper, he is a fat minus 7! Are there any other “future stars” who represent the “blueprint” you would like to put on display” Burkie?

    As an avid baseball fan I do love one team in Toronto, the Jays. They will be fun to watch this year and should score a lot of runs but I suspect their pitching will again, let…

  6. Mike8888 says:

    Hey Bobby. Do you think all hockey broadcasters are terrible?

  7. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Bobby, the LEafs have zero goaltending and the team has mailed it in since Wilson was fired.
    They did play somewhat better defensively at the start but there is nothing you can do when Reimer and Gustavsson let in a goal every three to four shots, or a goal on the first two or three shots. Don’t put this on Carlyle, put it on Burke for not getting them veteran goaltending and an experienced, steady presence on “D”. When the Leafs had .915-.925 SP% goaltending they were in the hunt, when they did not they collapsed. The players wanted goaltending help and did not get it and that was it.

    The Leafs do have good prospects. Kadri has excellent hands and has demonstrated it game in and game out.
    Remember they don’t have an Alfredsson, Spezza to build around…they are a good two to three years away from being respectable. Scary for their fans.

  8. PaV says:

    “Has a Swede or a Fin ever led a team to the promised land? ”

    Bobby? I am sorry? Didn’t a Swede take the Wings to a stanley cup win? Didn’t Alfie take us to the conference finals? Are you saying that Alfie isn’t a good captian because he isn’t Canadian? Please clarify. Cheers

  9. Mike8888 says:

    Pav, you mean Alfie took us to the Stanley Cup finals. :)

  10. Daniel Murphy says:

    I would love to see Pierre Maguire hired as GM of the Habs. I think after one year of his leadership, he will be exposed as to what a sham he really is. Really though, I would like to see Patrick Roy in charge. He will certainly bring fireworks, controversy and excitement back to a team that has been rather non-descript over the last decade.

    See my earlier blog on coaches. Coaches are all the same. If you have the horses, you will do well and win. If you don’t have the horses, you lose. Even the great Scotty Bowman had a losing record with Buffalo. Why would the greatest coach in history have a losing record with one team? Because he didn’t have the horses. End of story. I can’t help but repeat myself but Clugston over the last 25 games under his control, after they traded Kelly, Fisher etc… averaged 1.16 points per game (i.e. 14-10-1). McLean is averaging 1.14 points per game (i.e 88 points in 77 games). Don’t get me wrong, I would rather have McLean than Clugston but to be honest, you can have practically anyone behind the bench and your success rate will be all dependent on whether you have the horses (read talent) or not.

  11. PaV says:

    BTW for a GM who hasn’t met a mic that he hasn’t like, a GM who called CBC to get Don Cherry to lay off his team, a GM who called the editors of the TO SUN to have the reporters muzzled……… isn’t Brian ‘Re-build’ Burkie really really quiet???? I haven’t heard a peep from him….. is he under a rock? Is he at Ron Wilson’s summer home hiding from the world? Where are you Burkie?!?! Maybe he is trying to build a time machine, go back to the trade deadline and make a move?!

    Leaf Fans are in for a LONG seson next year!

  12. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mike, Pav, I love Alfredsson but did his Sens win the Cup? Did he step in when Emery was out with Snoop Dog chasin’ da bitches? Did he step in to curb his troubles with the law? Did he get involved when Emery was challenging old men to fights on the Queensway? Did he do/say anything when he missed planes and/or showed up late for practices, ’cause if he did, it didn’t work. The team did not win the Stanley Cup and the Sens were the best team in hockey! I have never thought Alfredsson was a great Captain (but that’s just me). Ineed he plays hard but when some on the team were ducking responsibility or didn’t show up, being a captain requires much more that “leading by example”! Captains then need to bark and bite! To say that Lidstrom led the team, to me, is not entirely acurate. A better example of a player leading by expample would be Datsyuk. Very soft defencemen do not win games for their teams when it gets tough and games really matter, others do (look at yesterdays game in Ottawa, Carkner was plus two and Gonchar minus 2). Indeed Lidstrom was the captain and I was wrong again. I have always thought Lidstrom was so damn overrated. Again, I will ask the question, who would you rather play against? If I was a player, I would love to be on the ice with Lidstrom. It was the only time in history that a Swede was the Captain for a Stanley Cup winning team and the league has been around a very long time.

    Mike, to say that “Alfie took us the Stanley Cup finals” is an over simplification don’t you think? It is akin to saying Emery led the Sens to the Stanley Cup Finals. That didn’t happen but he did lead the team in many other ways: encounters with the law, missing flights, challenging senior citizens, dressing like a Pimp etc. Ottawa had the best team in hockey, led the entire league or was second in every meaningful category. The team was deep and had the best one two punch in the game (but Murray inexplicably thought it prudent not to play McGratton for a single game and as a result, a few on the team grew manginas).

    Mikey, do I think all broadcasters are terrible, absolutely not…but many are (just my opinion). I loved Craig Simpson when he was doing broadcast out west for Edmonton but once he got to dring the water in Toronto, he went through a metamorphysis of sorts. Hughson is great play by play guy. The tandem that do the Oilers are fantastic, especially Willie DeBrusk as the colour guy! Ferraro is very good and I enjoy listening to him. Billy Clement is/was very good. Who do you really like Mikey?

    I loved the win yesterday (still relied on goaltending to win shots were 29-39). I had this discussion with my Son. I was suggesting Bishop and Lehner the future in nets. He reminded me that Anderson has been outstanding and should be number one netminder for 2-3 years. He’s right!

    The low scoring 4th line forward, Condra, played an entire game without one hit! Is this acceptable for a 4th liner? The Dog’s a dog.

  13. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    I think Dean Brown does a pretty good job even though he is a bit too much of a homer sometimes, but show me a broadcaster who does all or most of a teams games that isn’t? The Sen’s collapse against the Ducks was a combination of things, the 2 major factors were the refs changing the way they called everything and Murray not making any adjustments in the Sen’s game plan instead of just watching the team meekly go down in 5 games. Maybe a third factor was having a “past his best before date Reddon” instead of Chara on the team, but for that we can blame Muckler. It’s not much of a shock that Muckler’s been pretty much out of hockey since the Sen’s got rid of him.

  14. PaV says:

    Bobby,

    I have to disagree with you. Alfie is the best captain in the leauge. Phaneuf and Iggy are Canadian and look where they are right now.
    And I love Iggy, but does he truly lead?

    Mike,

    thanks for the correction

  15. Bobby Goodman says:

    Brown is bad Mikey; I think he is an embarrassment and he compliments Potvin very well. When he describes something all together different from what we witness, it falls in the incompetent category, not homer! He also goes off on tangents (that seem to last an eternity) he and who ever is with him find amusing, I don’t. He certainly tones it down when he is not doing a Senator game.

    Make no mistake Mikey, Murray lost the Stanley Cup. Based on the toughness/nastiness Anaheim brougt all year, he should have dressed a different lineup. After the elbow by Pronger that felled one of the Sens and not having the top heavy weight even dressed, the team played on the periphery. It was all over. Before the series even started, I would have had McGratton and Dany Bois (and perhpas another from the farm) in the lineup. Hell, even a woose like me could play tougher with B/Mac dressed and even Pierre Mcguire would tough if he had B/Mac, Yablonski (and didn’t Mat Carkner was play on that team) but…in Murray’s infinite wisdom, he made a consicous decision to go soft against a very dirty and tough team that had: Pronger, Getzlaf, Perry, Bertuzzi, Beauchemin, Huskin, Parros. et al. It made no sense to me.

  16. Bobby Goodman says:

    Oh yes, Thornton who plays with Boston was also on that team (and I think maybe Brad May).

  17. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    They weren’t that bad today.

    I will not ever listen or watch if BOTH Brown and Wilson are there, but individually they are tolerable.
    Potvin is not terrible. But when Wilson and Brown are together…I sadly listen to the opposing team’s radio feed and hear them call every minute of the game instead of hearing giggling, college grade humour and so on.

    I would not say Murray “lost” the series for the Senators but he did not prepare them well enough. People like to say that the seven day layoff hurt the team but why did they have a layoff to begin with? Murray should have had the team and spares in Anaheim at the start of that week, practices on the Monday/tuesday and every two days. Video of the Ducks and so on. Instead, the team slacked around Ottawa then went into Anaheim and got clobbered.

    C’est la vie. Out best chances really were in 2003 or 2006. It’s fine, I hope that Murray starts drafting for skill though we have too many grinders and I really don’t think we can survive more than one round this year, two tops.

  18. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    They didn’t have Betuzzi and we didn’t have Carkner.

    WE had Heatley-Spezza-Alfredsson Saprykin – Kelly – Comrie Fisher-Neil-MacAmmond (killed by Pronger) and someone-someone-someone. Remember our “D” was Redden/Corvo/Schubert/Meszaros/Volchenkov/Phillips.
    Pretty nice group on “D”, forwards were smallish but tried like heck though.

    Anaheim had Perry – Getzlaf – Kunitz / MacDonald-Pahlsson-X / and a tough as nails “D”. We were never going to win that series, just too much sandpaper on their back end when an all-star goalie.

    C’est la vie, maybe this year we reach the second round.

  19. OD99 says:

    For the record the Sens were off for close to 9 or 10 days before the Finals started and they didn’t even look like a team for the first couple of games…that was probably the largest factor in having the series over.

    Second is that Emery didn’t play well in the series and had been supported by an offense that was scoring at will against teams that didn’t have great D – unlike the Ducks who had a tremendous D.

    Last, McGratton had no business being on the ice since he couldn’t skate or do much of anything other than fight. So he and Parros could have fought and then what?

    Murray didn’t lose the series, the Sens lost to a more complete team. Perhaps if Mucker hadn’t gotten rid of Chara and Havlat for nothing in the prior offseason the Sens would have matched up better.

  20. Bobby Goodman says:

    No one thinks the Sens were intimidated? I beg to differ. Is Paros a better skater than McGratton? No he is not and it is far more than them cancelling eachother out, just having McGratton on the bench would have made others play the way the can, rather “guarded”. Why did the offense disapear? Is it within the realm of possiblitly they were intimidated? Is that a possibility? So Bertuzzi wasn’t with the hockey club they still had players who were very tough: Pronger, Parros, Perry, Getzlaf, Huskins, May, Kunitz, Moen, Thornton, Beauchemin…Ottawa had Neil. You say that had a more complete team Dave, what exactly does that mean? Didn’t Ottawa finish 1st or 2nd in the entire league? Didn’t they lead or come close to leading in almost every statistical category in ’07? After the elbow Pronger delivered to Mcammond, did anyone step up and dish out any retribution? NO…from that disgusting play on, the outcome was predertermined. Had I been coach, I would have had McGratton dressed and ready to go. Even though Danny Bois was only 6′, 190, he was very tough and very willing; he too would have been in the lineup. I may have even had Yoblenski on standby. The first thing that should have happened was someone should have taken out Pronger because obviously, the league wasn’t going to do anything. He was getting away with head shots the entire post season in ’07 and I believe the worst he got was a one game suspension. Dave, again, I have different opinion. I can remember playing some games afraid. It wasn’t good. Of course it was only Senior A hockey but I can remember playing a couple of teams (Gatineau and Embrun without some of our big guys) and sitting on the bench knowing there would be a bench clearing brawl and selecting who I was going to pair off against – not him, not him, definitely not him….he is smaller than me…I like him. My mind was on survival, not the game. I truly believe that there were many on the Ottawa team that series who didn’t play the way the could have because they too were…ascared. I guess you are right, Ottawa wasn’t as deep (in toughness) but the coach could have fixed that. To say Mucklar is responsible is silly. Mucklar wasn’t the coach. Muchlar wasn’t responsible for Emery. Mucklar didn’t have the team for all the days off before the series. And, Mucklar wasn’t the one who decided that they could win without matching Anaheim’s toughness. All that was on Murray.

  21. Bobby Goodman says:

    You are not alone Pav my man; there are many who think Alfredsson is a great Captain. I don’t and never did. For the simple reason I think a Captain needs to do far more than simply lead by example! Sometimes, you need to shout! Alfresson has been a great Captain, for the Organization and fully endorsed absolutely everthing that was done. Every rotten stinking lousy move…acording to Alfie, was great! For you to say “Phaneuf and Iggy are Canadian and look where they are right now” really is very silly. Someone could be Jesus Christ but on a bad hockey club and a bad organization, they can do little. If Alfredsson is the best Captain, when did that happen Pav? Was it many years ago and then he lost his ability to Captain in ’07. Did you hear a word from him when your buddy Emery was embarassing the team and organization? Did you hear a word when he preferred the night life to a Stanley Cup? Did he lose his ability to Captain last year? If you remember the team finished 13th with a 32 – 40 – 10 record, scored a whopping 192 and allowed 250. Last year, Toronto finished higher in the standings than Ottawa did so was Phaneuf a better Captain last year and by your definition better than Alfredsson was last year? What are captains to do in toxic environments like Toronto and Calgary were this year? Toxic environments are on Phaeuf and Iginla? Montreal had Koivu all those years. Toronto had Sundin all those years. Markus Naslund and now Sedin captained the ‘Nucks and Alfredsson has been Captain for the Sens for over a decade and only one Swede was a Captain in all those many years of Stanley Cup Champions and how many were Canadians! I will say to you that Vancouver will never win a Stanley Cup with a Sedin as their Captain (both Sedins virtually disapeared last year). I say Canadian Captains for a legitimate reason Pav. I truly believe that Canadians are born with Tackaberrys on their feet (no need for an episiotomy). For Canadians, the Stanley Cup is the Holy Grail. When those come from over the sea and making millions, I don’t think they care nearly as much as we about making the post season and going far (it is what I have witnessed over the many years). The song by Steve Miller was in fact inspired by the Swedes: ‘ooooooooooo take the money and run”.

  22. OD99 says:

    No Bobby, the Sens did not dominate the league.

    The Sens finished 9th that season with the Ducks finishing 4th. In fact, the Sens didn’t have a very good start to that year and then really were humming when the play-offs started.

    In GA/G Anaheim was 7th while the Sens were 10th

    In GF/G Sens were 2nd behind the Sabres and the Ducks were 8th.

    Sabres won the President’s Trophy that season as the best team in the league and the Sens beat them in the Conf finals but then lost to a deeper, tougher team that had much better overall D and goaltending – Emery was not good in the finals.

    Muckler drafted Emery and the Sens didn’t have anyone else once Hasek pulled his abductor. Muckler let Chara, a Norris candidate who was clearly getting better each year (and I am guessing you would admit would have added some toughness to go along with ability to actually play the game) to walk for nothing and traded Havlat A YEAR BEFORE HIS CONTRACT WAS US for peanuts. If you don’t think having Chara and Havlat on the team could have made a huge difference then once again we disagree completely.

    As for Alfie, he was about the only one to show up in the Finals and there is no doubt he wanted as badly or more than anyone. Your bigotry regarding Canadians and will to win is unfounded and outdated.

    Lastly, you have no idea what Alfie may or may not say nor do you know the tone he may say it in when addressing the guys in the locker room. All I know is that the guys love him, he gets tremendous respect from almost all players in the league and he has shown nothing but top notch passion for the game, this city and the team. I will take that evidence over your uneducated opinions on how he acts behind closed doors any day.

    Your opinions are mostly valid but in this case you just don’t know Bobby – you have no idea – just like I don’t have any idea. You talk about the Swedish players taking the money and running but since the 2007 Sens were mostly Canadian kids why should they need a captain to yell or scream or whatever you like captains to do in order to play in the Stanley Cup FINALS? Perhaps our guys weren’t as Canadian as they needed to be?

    Perhaps the Sens lost to a team with 2 all-time D and a very good goalie in the middle of his hottest streak.

  23. OD99 says:

    And as far as being scared. No offense Bobby but your troubles when sitting on the bench during a Senior A game just don’t have anything to do with NHL players in the Cup Finals.

    First, these guys aren’t scared, not one of them. No little guys ever get grabbed by big guys and get beaten up and there hasn’t been a bench clearing brawl since I was a kid. Even then, guys that were fighters rarely grabbed onto someone who wouldn’t fight back.

    They were not intimidated or scared, they were out muscled and trapped to death by a better team.

  24. PaV says:

    Bobby, Really? See, this is where we differ… so here we go.. !

    “Sometimes, you need to shout!” – Its a known fact that you do not shout on the ice at your own team.. you shout at them in the lock room… and he has had many closed doors….. do you want him to tape them?

    “Phaneuf and Iggy are Canadian and look where they are right now” really is very silly —- how is that silly? this was in your comment about Canadian Captians – I was showing you that you dont need to be Canadian to win….

    “If Alfredsson is the best Captain, when did that happen Pav? Was it many years ago and then he lost his ability to Captain in ’07. Did you hear a word from him when your buddy Emery was embarassing the team and organization? Did you hear a word when he preferred the night life to a Stanley Cup?” —- Agian…. you don’t know what was said during closed doors…. and everyone was on the Emery band wagon (you included) only until the team started to play badly… then everyone was on his case. Emery made mistakes.. as every player does. Ovie is a fool most of the time… but yet you don’t say anything about him?

    Bobby, I think you truly are upset that the Senators defied what you felt that they were this season… you have an over all issue with the team, the GM, the assistant GM and most of the players.. which is fine, I respect that, but please do not sit here and insult the longest serving captian in the NHL.. he is a better leader than 90% of the captains out there, and for sure better than 16 captians that didn’t lead their team to an NHL post season. The mere fact that the two Canadian captains I pointed out have missed the play-offs for many many seasons, just proves my point, you need to have heart and Alfie shows it each and every game.

    You are sounding like Don Cherry.. but even he had had to eat humble pie once in a while. I know its eating you up inside that we made the playoffs… and its very apparent that you cannot understand how we made it……

  25. Bobby Goodman says:

    Dave, perhaps my message wasn’t articulated properly. I was scared to the extent that I never knew what was going to happen: stick in the mouth, elbow, butt end or hack and invitation to fight. Getting up and going to work the next day after a broken nose isn’t fun. My point is, even NHL players are thinking about the physicality (I will use that expression). When they are thinking about it, they are distracted and not focussed on playing their game. Those who ordinarily will be carrying the puck (with reckless abandon) suddenly have a element of consternation.

    Pav, if we don’t know what he said behind closed doors that means you too, right. Did Alfredsson, the “player’s captain” come to Spezza’s defence when he was thrown under the bus by Murray? No he didn’t. Did the “Captain, my Captain” come to Spezza’s defence when the fickle bastards at the Bank collective booed him. No he didn not. Did he say anything at all when Commodore dissed his GM. Did his talks behind closed doors change your buddy Emery’s behaviour? Did he rally the team against Anaheim…did Emery stop his late nights…did his behind closed door talks curb the “partying” by McGratton, Emery and Redden”? We just have a different opinion and again, that is OK mon ami. I truly respect you and Dave and everyone here, but it is OK if, from time to time, we are not on the same page.

    Now…are you and Dave still up to buying me beers????????

  26. PaV says:

    Bobby, I am always up for buying you beers

  27. OD99 says:

    Beers are never in question, just your thoughts on hockey. ;) ZING!

    It looks like the Sens will face the Bruins and I expect a tough and good series…here is hoping Alfie learns how to lead, Karlsson finds some courage, anyone drafted or acquired by Murray learns how to skate and Spezza just keeps being the perfect hockey player with no drawbacks at all.

    Come on lads, finish strong.

  28. PaV says:

    OD99… here is hoping he learns how to lead? Are you kidding me?

  29. OD99 says:

    PaV…read my whole post again and then knowing my usual stance you tell me if I am kidding…

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