You know, I can live with a player who gives the puck away. I can live with a player who is not strong enough to win the puck on the boards, or clear the zone. Goodness knows we all lived with a whole corps of them for many of the past 15 years.
No, with Brisebois, it's always been the way he reacts to losing the puck, to passing it directly to the opposition.
I watched his interview today on RDS, and, to give him credit, he comes across as a very well-spoken player with a good idea of his place on the team at the moment. But there was one moment that ruined the whole interview for me, made me remember exactly what it is about him I can't stand; and why, ultimately (despite his articulate and mature take on things), I would like to see the back of number 71 before Xmas if possible.
The moment comes at a point when he is speaking about his racing. The question is put to him about the differences between racing and hockey. Then the interviewer implies that despite those, the two are probably very similar because of the aspect of team play.
Patrice responds, as if not hearing the bit about similarities, and explains why he likes racing because in the car, he is the only one in control, he is the only one who determines the outcome. In hockey, he states (and I'm paraphrasing and embellishing a tiny bit here) the team plays a more important part in the individual’s game:
"Sometimes when your partner on defense is not ready, he can make you look like a fool..."
It's that hands in the air time again – Rivet didn't cover for me, Quintal didn't cover the man in front, Bouillon pinched too far – they made me look like a fool.
This is what I dislike about him: how he plays the victim, fails to take the blame. And, most importantly, because of that dismissive attitude, doesn't take the necessary steps to learn from his mistakes.
Just thought I'd explain that. If you want, watch for yourself.