Kent Hughes will have a busy summer. But his first mandate will certainly be to offer Martin St-Louis a contract.
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Because yes, the interest in seeing St-Louis behind the bench of Canadians is mutual. And of course without an intermediate label. It remains only to find common ground.
“Ideally, it would be a contract for at least three years,” said the Canadian’s general manager.
Thus, St-Louis would have the opportunity to properly work with the organization’s young people and move the team forward without maneuvering with a shadow over their heads.
“I know it will take time to get this team to where we want to be. How long? I do not know. This is an aspect that we will be looking at over the next few days,” St-Louis said.
Not only the return of the Lavallois seems to be a matter of form. Also those of his assistants. St. Louis has practically confirmed the position of each of them.
“I’m very comfortable with the guys I have. They work, hockey guys, good people. They are not afraid to speak their mind. I think it went very well and we work well together. »
So Luke Richardson, Alex Burrows, Trevor Letowski and Éric Raymond can go on vacation with peace of mind.
“I trust their experience. Not just at the coaching level. You’ve been in hockey for a long time. They played recently. I think it’s important,” he added.
Friday night after the final game of the season, St. Louis said it would be watching the playoffs like it does every year. Just implying that this time he’d take a closer look. Possibly to identify players who could come next year and fill his training.
However, it is not a question of launching plans immediately, even to establish a procedure for the 2022-2023 campaign.
” It’s too early. We have to meet first, the coaches. We’ll share our observations, I’ll go back to my notes to see what we’ve been up to lately. I can’t prioritize right now. »
The same goes for the concepts and game plans he will propose.
“I don’t know what will happen between now and September. I don’t know who will be here,” he said.
” So life is “
On the other hand, he knows he likes his job.
“I love hockey. I’m glad to be back in the NHL. »
And that’s despite the fact that his first two months at the helm of the Canadian have seemed like a real rollercoaster ride in terms of team performance.
“But like anything, you can’t expect it to be fun every day.” That’s life. Some days are worse than others. And those are the days when you work harder and appreciate the good days. »
We hope that the days of the second category will become more numerous in the near future.