Canadians: Rest for Suzuki and Caufield

Nick Suzuki had received an invitation to wear the colors of Canada at the World Championships in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland from May 13th to 29th. Cole Caufield also had the opportunity to defend the United States colors at this same tournament.

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Nick Suzuki (left) and Cole Caufield will not cross swords at the World Championship.

Photo Martin Alari

Nick Suzuki (left) and Cole Caufield will not cross swords at the World Championship.

There will be no clash between the two great friends at the World Cup.

“I decided not to go, I explained to them that I can’t participate because of injuries,” Suzuki said the day after the last game of the season. I don’t remember the game I was injured in. But I felt lower back pain. Lower back injury. I endured the pain until the end of the year. I didn’t know if I should take a break, but I skipped practice to play games. »

“I also declined an invitation,” Caufield added. I just had a long season to prepare for after a short summer. I want to focus on next season and spend time in the gym. »

82 games

In his third season in the NHL, Suzuki finished first in the CH with 61 points (21 goals, 40 assists) in 82 games. He is the only player in the team who will have participated in all matches of this miserable season.

“I was lucky to play all the games, number 14 underlined. I was also lucky as I didn’t miss any time despite the COVID-19 pandemic. I achieved a goal by playing all 82 games. »

A candidate for the “C”

On October 12, Suzuki signed a contract extension of eight years and 63 million, an annual average of 7.875 million. He will start the first year of this lucrative agreement in 2022-2023.

Suzuki will remain one of the strong images for next season. It’s no secret that the future will rest on his shoulders, just like Caufield’s. But the Ontarian could also have a new letter on his jersey. He is among the candidates to be the next captain.

“I always want to be a leader,” said Suzuki. There are several candidates in the team. I don’t control this election, I will trust the leaders. »

“I can see him as captain,” added Caufield, who shared the podium with his center player in that assessment. Nick always performs well on and off the ice. He’s a professional from a young age. He’s calm in the bedroom, but he does the right thing on the ice. He’s a good role model, he drives the boys to surpass themselves. »

Despite a terrible start to the season, Caufield found a way to end the year with 23 goals in 67 games. He tied for second among rookies in goals with Trevor Zegras, Michael Bunting and Lucas Raymond. The Nashville Predators’ Tanner Jeannot finished first with 24 goals.

Happy Romanov

On the blue line, Alexander Romanov is also a big piece of the Habs jigsaw puzzle for the present and the future.

By the end of the season, Romanov had established himself as a key member of the Top 4, playing regularly with David Savard.

“Savig [Savard] is great, said Romanov. He helped me a lot. He talked to me on the ice, he wanted to teach me things. I want to improve in attack, I think that’s my weakness. I’ve learned to play smarter this season, I’ve managed my energy better. I skated less, I was less stupid! »

Romanov sat at the small table in the conference room with a Russian interpreter and answered the vast majority of questions in Bobby Smith’s language.

When asked about his future negotiations with Kent Hughes over a new contract, Number 27 was adamant.

“I haven’t spoken to my agent about this yet, but I really like Montreal. I want to stay as long as possible. i want to play here »

Romanov could become a restricted free agent.

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