Montreal mayor defends critique of Habs' Desharnais

Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais stretches during the team's workout Monday. (CHANTAL...

Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais stretches during the team's workout Monday. (CHANTAL POIRIER/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 2:22 PM ET

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre isn't backing down from his criticism of slumping Canadiens centreman David Desharnais, despite outrage from several Habs players.

"I'm a fan and I won't change," the outspoken mayor said a day after tweeting that Desharnais should be sent to the minors. "I've been a Canadiens fan since I was five years old."

The Habs beat the Islanders 4-2 but players weren't smiling when informed of the tweet.

Max Pacioretty told reporters he was "very, very upset" while defenceman Josh Gorges said the mayor "humiliated" one of the team's players.

Coderre insists Desharnais deserved to be criticized for taking a bad penalty in the third period.

"Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the Islanders almost scored," the mayor said. "Why would I apologize? People say they want honest politicians. They need to get used to it.

"I have the right to express my opinion and I've always done it. Good thing I wasn't mayor when the Kostitsyn brothers were here!"


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