Breaking: Hearing that Donald Balmforth (Head Physio) and Graham Rynbend (Head Atlhletic Therapist) of the @CanadiensMTL have been relieved of their duties. #TheSickPodcast#GoHabsGo #NHL pic.twitter.com/fn98WeD9e3
– Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) June 13, 2023
Long recoveries that don’t meet deadlines…
Injuries that are slow to heal…
Lack of transparency/accuracy with the media…
In the end, Rynbend and Balmforth paid for the injuries, it’s as simple as that. Le Journal de Montréal notes that the Habs have seen over 600 of their players miss games this year, after a record 730 the previous season. And with so much going on around this fact, it’s not surprising.
Without making too much public noise, according to DansLesCoulisses.com, several journalists assigned to cover the Montreal Canadiens were highly dissatisfied with the Tricolore’s management of information regarding injuries. A number of situations were reported to have particularly stung the beat over the course of the year, leading to some unpleasant debates between the organization and the media.
That’s the journalistic aspect, which we’re very close to.
Now, there’s also the therapeutic aspect, quite simply.
It’s impossible, for the moment, to say whether there has been a lack of satisfaction within the organization, and more specifically among the players, in relation to the treatment of injuries. Suffice it to say that dismissal is rarely unjustified, and that Rynbend had been with the Habs for 25 years, 19 of them in his most recent position as head athletic therapist.
– Interesting news.
Both Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes emphasized the importance of evaluating how #Habs injuries were [mis]handled the past two seasons in their end-of-season press conference in April… https://t. co/DxqrugM0O5
– Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) June 13, 2023
– Two of the originals!
Jonathan Marchessault occupies and Marc-André Fleury still holds a special place in the hearts of #GoldenKnights fans in Las Vegas. Numbers 81 and 29 are very numerous #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/2Yw1lPfd3o
– Francois Gagnon (@GagnonFrancois) June 13, 2023
– Field hockey in Vegas!