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Jean-Sébastien Dea has been an American League player since his professional debut. In nine seasons, he has dragged his kit pocket into seven American cities. He played 33 National League games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabers.

At 28, his resume is comparable to that of Mathieu Darche at the same age. He is living his career to the fullest, while continuing to hope that one day a National League team will draw his number for him.

This season, the Canadian welcomed him into his organization. His desire was to play for the big club.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work. Taking the direction of Laval, however, he found himself in a city that he knows like the back of his pocket. He spent his childhood and early teens there before playing South Shore for Charles-Lemoyne College’s Riverains in what was then called the Midget AAA League.

Then he left for Abitibi where he played three seasons with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior League. He then got to know American culture in small towns.

Good truth to say

Yesterday, during the end-of-season review of Rocket, he came to tell us a truth that has been lost over time in the Canadian universe.

It was about the great representation of Quebec within the Rocket.

“The Canadian should take an example from that,” he said.

“With a Quebecer band representing the Canadiens, there was no night the boys didn’t want to play with pride and honor. “

Goddess wasn’t done.

In conclusion, he said: “In the past, when they won [en parlant des joueurs du Canadien de cette époque], there were many Quebecers. Is this a coincidence? I do not think so. It is very special. “

Membership goes a long way

Fans who don’t accept this theory can’t blame the bad reporters this time around. These comments are from a player with us.

I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that there are several former members of the organization who share these observations. Not only Serge Savard who has always been the defender of Quebec talent. The idea is not to favor home players at the expense of more talented players.

However, this has never been the case.

We love Cole Caufield as we loved Saku Koivu.

But what’s the difference between the players drafted from the third, fourth or fifth round?

When Rocket manager Jean-François Houle took the podium yesterday, he said the presence of many Quebec players on his squad had probably allowed him to go further in the playoffs than people expected.

No doubt. Fans gathered behind their team at Place Bell. The atmosphere was charged.

Less easy in the NHL

Houle, however, was nuanced when I asked him what he thought of Dea’s comments in relation to the Canadian.

According to him, it is easier to hire Quebeckers in the American League than in the National League.

This is true when it comes to top players. But when it comes to the average of players drafted in subsequent rounds, what’s the difference between a Quebecer and a Timbuktu player?

A sense of belonging can tip the balance.

Hopefully, Dea’s comments won’t cost him a new contract with the organization and Kent Hughes has noticed.

For years, the Canadian’s leaders have said that they attach great importance to Quebec players, but these are just words.

There is no concrete.

The QMJHL does not appear on the GPS of the organization’s recruiters.

It needs to change.

Will there be others?

Kent Hughes has managed to close a first transaction that allows him to reduce his payroll. But so far so little. According to the site, the Canadian now enjoys more than 1.9 million room for maneuver under the salary cap.

This amount could increase to over 12 million if Carey Price is unable to play next season.

Unless the condition of his knee improves, one would think he will want to give himself the chance to take part in the retreat.

Anderson on the market?

Of all his teammates with heavy contracts, Josh Anderson is the one I’d be least likely to let go. I’d like to see him score more goals, but he goes to the net and brings a physical dimension that the Canadian can hardly do without.

Perhaps that is why his name is the subject of commercial rumors. Anderson is only 28 years old.

But is there a question for Brendan Gallagher, Jeff Petry, Mike Hoffman, Joel Armia or Paul Byron?

The general manager of the Canadiens indicated that the volume of calls he receives was higher this week.

We will see.

Shea Weber gone, the Habs officially find themselves without a captain. The campaign for the appointment of his successor has already begun.

My eminent colleague Jonathan Bernier mentions the names of Nick Suzuki, Joel Edmundson, Gallagher and Anderson.

I have a question: is choosing a captain really necessary for a rebuilding team?

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been waiting to choose between John Tavares and Auston Matthews. The Ottawa senators did the same with Brady Tkachuk. The New York Rangers have been without a captain since they traded Ryan McDonagh four years ago.

Suzuki is the logical candidate for the Canadian, but as he starts his contract extension next season, this could put too much on his shoulders.


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