By Allan Muir
Barely a week has passed since he was elected as Montreal's mayor, but Denis Coderre already has managed to run afoul of the city's most famous inhabitants.
Coderre angered the Montreal Canadiens as a result of the in-game tweet above that he posted on Sunday night:
Translated: "Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to Hamilton for David Desharnais please…"
That's hardly the hottest sports opinion in town. Desharnais, who signed a four-year, $14 million contract extension in March, is off to a disastrous start with just one assist through his first 17 games. That's made him a popular target for boo-birds both at the Bell Centre and online.
Coderre, though, is a unique case. Going by his post history, he spends a fair amount of time tweeting passionately about the Habs. Clearly, the guy is a big fan. But now that he's the mayor of the town, he's not just one online voice among thousands. People are going to take notice, including the ones wearing bleu, blanc et rouge.
Max Pacioretty was one Canadien who caught wind of what the mayor-elect said, and it left him steaming.
"I’m very, very upset about that," Pacioretty said on Monday morning.
“What, do you think he’s gonna coach our team tomorrow? That’s embarrassing…
"To bring down a player — such a great person, such a great player, such a hard worker … Davey’s a true competitor and he’s a great player and a great teammate, and that’s just so uncalled for. It’s only going to make matters worse."
Coach Michel Therrien might not be so indignant in private -- Desharnais doesn't have so much as a shot on net in his last five games despite averaging nearly 16 minutes per in those contests -- but in public, he remained loyal to his player.
"I really believe this is inappropriate from our mayor," he said.
This isn't the first advice Coderre has offered since being elected. He also encouraged Toronto's controversial mayor Rob Ford last week to switch to Diet Coke.