Bellemare allergic to the “yes, but” answer


DENVER | There are players with fascinating personalities within the NHL. Pierre-Édouard Bellemare has never achieved the status of a big star, but is distinguished by his unique character and his atypical career.

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At 37, Bellemare knows that behind him there is a longer road than in front of him. He will still have one season left on his contract with Tampa Bay Lightning next year. Arriving late at the age of 29 with the Philadelphia Flyers, he will be in his ninth season in the best league in the world.

For a few years now, the Lightning Center has been answering questions about its plans after hockey. More than once a career behind a bench has been predicted.

“It’s funny because I’ve often been asked if I wanted to become a coach,” Bellemare replied. With all my organizations in the NHL, I’ve always been told about this topic. It could come from a coach or a leader. They advised me to tell them about my plans the day I stop playing hockey. I was often told that I had to finish as a manager. ”

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Too many players on the bench

Bellemare would have the knowledge to practice this profession, but not necessarily the courage to work with the current generation of players.

“I’ve never been interested in coaching,” he said. I don’t imagine myself as a coach. My biggest problem is patience. You have to understand that it’s not normal for me to be here in the NHL. I got there working like an asshole. I got hurt quite often. There is a word that I have never accepted and it is the word “but”. “

“So, if I were to be a manager, I would have to teach a player my way of seeing the game. There I would have difficulty. I am allergic to that with my children. It would be even worse with the players. I like sports, but my biggest problem would be the “but”. As soon as a player told me “but” after an explanation, I would tell him to undress. I’d be a little radical. I would not become a good coach because I would end up with only two players on the bench. ”

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Against his former team

After a season with Avalanche last year in Denver, Bellemare signed a two-year ($ 1 million) two-year deal with the Lightning. He got the exact same deal as Corey Perry.

Chances are he crossed paths with his former team on the way to the Stanley Cup final.

“Honestly, I don’t think about it,” Bellemare said. I don’t find it difficult. I stay focused. I’ve already lost the final once and I don’t want to relive that feeling anymore. Unfortunately I find myself against my old team. But I suspected it could happen. The Avalanche have a good team. Yes, there are friends on the other side. The biggest sign of respect I can show is to give my 100% on ice. “

The Avalanche have won the first two games of this final. Bellemare is therefore two more setbacks from reliving a scenario similar to that of 2018 with the Vegas Golden Knights against the Washington Capitals.

Will Jon Cooper and the Lightning agents knock on his door to get to know the Avalanche better?

“Yes, they can turn to me, but our coaches are so talented. They have done a great job since the start of the playoffs to analyze our rivals. What they say about the Avalanche will probably be the same view I can have about the players, the personalities or the system. They don’t really need me. ”


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