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Coderre defends tweet after Habs take offence

TSN.ca Staff

11/11/2013 8:23:35 PM

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre is not about to go apologizing for what he says on his Twitter account, even if it ruffles some feathers with the city's beloved Canadiens.

In the midst of the Canadiens' Sunday night game against the New York islanders the mayor took to Twitter to chime in his two cents as the Habs tried to lock up two points.

"Allo? Un billet simple pour Hamilton pour David Desharnais svp," Corderre tweeted during the Canadiens' 4-2 Sunday night victory over the New York Islanders.

Translation: "Hello? A one-way ticket to Hamilton for David Desharnais, please."

While the comments did not go over very well with either the Canadiens' players or head coach, Coderre stood by his tweet as a mark of his true fandom.

"Do you want to have a mayor who believes in his team?" Coderre told RDS on Monday.

Coderre was quick to note that this is not the first time he's gone public over the Habs.

"When I was [a Cabinet minister] myself I was calling open lines about the game of the day," Coderre said, referring to his run as Federal Immigration Minister in 2002 and 2003.

The 50-year-old Coderre was elected mayor in the City's municipal election on Nov. 3. His defence follows a day's worth of commentary from Canadiens' players and head coach Michel Therrien.

"I really believe this is inappropriate from our mayor," Therrien told reporters earlier Monday, weighing his words carefully.

Habs forward Max Pacioretty, meanwhile, was much more candid with his criticism.

"What, do you think he's gonna coach our team tomorrow? That's embarrassing," Pacioretty said Monday.

"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."

Coderre went out of his way to diffuse any notion that the tweet was a personal attack.

"I like David, I think he's got great potential," Coderre told RDS. "The rest is a non-issue."

However, he would stop short of guaranteeing that he would refrain from comment in the future.

"I am what I am," Coderre said. "I'm taking notes."

"There are some people who will be very, very pleased with some of my comments and the others will say no, but for me it's a non-issue. It [was] a moment of big emotion, because I wanted to see my team win, end of story."