The Canadian can’t be wrong

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the National League Draft, which begins Thursday in Montreal. The Canadian has several options which has fans optimistic. But the front runners will not have the right to make mistakes on their first pick.

Shane Wright? Juraj Slafkowski? The question divides fans. The organization is aware that it cannot be wrong. We cannot relive the 1980 saga, which ended with the CH targeting Doug Wickenheiser rather than Denis Savard…

This design is too important for the organization. Of course for the present, but above all for his future.

Four Quebecers?

The Canadian has 14 picks in the next draft. With that, I expect them to select at least three, possibly four Quebec players.

I think the new management is aware of the expectations of its supporters, which hasn’t necessarily always been the case in the past.

In recent years, the organization has neglected the Quebec factor, drawing very little. Today she is suffering the consequences. Quebecers need to feel valued by Canadians.

The days of July 7th and 8th will be closely watched by Montreal fans. We’re talking about reconstruction, even if it’s a word that CH rejects because we still don’t know Carey Price’s decision.

I still believe that the direction the organization takes will be determined by the decision Price makes about whether or not to continue with his career. So next year we will know where the Canadian will be.

But in general the team is going in the right direction. We have to trust the new management. She knows what she is doing and I believe it will produce positive results.

surprise coaches

Another point that caught my eye over the last few days was the surprise signings in Detroit and Boston.

The Red Wings hired Jon Cooper’s assistant in Tampa Bay, Derek Lalonde. Will this be a new trend? Cooper faced Jared Bednar in the Stanley Cup final. Two good complete trainers who master the communication and the psychological aspect.

General manager Steve Yzerman, who held the same position for several seasons in Tampa, seems to know Lalonde well. But this choice remains a surprise.

The Bruins have chosen Montreal’s Jim Montgomery. A man who quit while he was with the Dallas Stars to heal his alcoholism. He was a very good coach in Texas and they trust him in Boston.

Too bad for Pascal Vincent

The Winnipeg Jets were also looking for a head coach to replace Dave Lowry. They wished Barry would have joined their organization, but he decided to take a year off.

They finally settled on Rick Bowness. It’s a homecoming for a classic car that was with the first version of the jet in the 1980s.

I don’t know if it’s a good decision. He’s not getting any younger. As in the case of John Tortorella in Philadelphia. It’s a youth league, it needs young coaches.

It’s also a shame for Quebec’s Pascal Vincent, a fine coach who deserved his chance in the NHL. Perhaps the Jets’ best friend, he was an assistant at Winnipeg for five years before managing their American League affiliate Manitoba Moose for another five years.

– Interview by Jessica Lapinski

Echoes of Bergie

The Canadian would be interested in Pierre-Luc Dubois


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Archive photo, Martin Chevalier

I saw this week that the Canadian would be interested in Pierre-Luc Dubois’ services. That would be a nice purchase. Dubois is a tall center player who has a little more experience than the youngsters at CH.

This year, the Quebecer had a good season with the Winnipeg Jets. At just 24, he scored 28 goals.

It is certain that the price to be paid will be huge if Montreal is to make its acquisition. Winnipeg will not give gifts. But as an established center player, he would be perfect for CH.

I think Patrick Roy will stay

It’s Monday when we should know if Patrick Roy will stay on as head coach and general manager of the Remparts. I have a feeling he will stay.

I’ve been told that the Remparts won’t lose many players next season. It was Patrick who built this team. I think he’ll want to go through with it, win a championship.

I’m not in the secret of the gods. But Patrick is well surrounded in Quebec, especially by Jacques Tanguay.

Congratulations to the sea bears!

Congratulations to the Saint-Jean Sea Dogs, winners of the Memorial Cup. Another flagship of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

I know the Shawinigan Cataractes are sorely disappointed, but unfortunately that’s part of the game.

With a case like that of the Sea Dogs being eliminated in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs, we see that the best preparation for such an important “series” as the Memorial Cup tournament is rest.

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