Free washing machine | The metamorphosis of the Canadian


It’s amazing how things can change significantly in the hockey world, especially in the rejuvenation phase.

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Mattia Brunet

Mattia Brunet
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The annual Canadian golf tournament, presented in about ten days, will allow us to achieve this goal.

Just a year ago, Marc Bergevin was still the Canadian’s general manager, Trevor Timmins on his right arm, Dominique Ducharme the head coach, with Luke Richardson assigned to defense.

Of this Stanley Cup finalist lineup in August 2021, there are only eight players left: Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, Brendan Gallagher, Jake Evans, Joel Edmundston, Paul Byron, Joel Armia and Josh Anderson. And again, it is not known when Byron will be able to return to the game.

The two great leaders of recent years, Carey Price and Shea Weber, will probably never play hockey again. Just like Eric Staal.

Phillip Danault and Corey Perry took advantage of their autonomy to move to the sun at the dawn of the 2021-2022 season.

Ben Chiarot, Artturi Lehkonen, Brett Kulak, Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Petry were swapped by Marc Bergevin’s successor Kent Hughes. Toffoli scored a late pick in the first round drafting Filip Mesar and picked up Emil Heineman, Kulak scored defender Lane Hutson at the end of the second round, Chiarot scored Ty Smilanic, Cédrick Guidon and the first round pick in 2023 and Lehkonen earned young defender Justin Barron and a second pick in 2024.

Disgruntled in Montreal, Petry was sent to Pittsburgh for Mike Matheson, a decidedly less gifted defender, but a little less expensive and above all more enthusiastic about playing in Montreal, and Hughes got rid of Weber’s contract and welcomed a taken forward. on loan for one year. Evgeni Dadonov.

Even those considered centers of the future in Montreal, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Ryan Poehling, have left the metropolis in the last year (and a bit of dust).

The future of the Canadian in the middle now passes for Nick Suzuki and Kirby Dach, obtained in draft day in exchange for 13And Absolute choice of the islanders, previously obtained for Alexander Romanov.

In the 2021 playoffs, the Canadiens had six players aged 30 or older, 14 or 27, and only four aged 23 or younger.

The Canadiens could enter next season with seven players aged 23 and under in leading roles: an 18-year-old trio Juraj Slafkovsky, 23-year-old Nick Suzuki and 21-year-old Cole Caufield; Kirby Dach, 21, in a second central role; Justin Barron, 20, Jordan Harris, 22, and Kaiden Guhle, 20, defend.

Only Brendan Gallagher, 30, Evgenii Dadonov, 33, Mike Hoffman, 32, David Savard, 31, Chris Wideman, 32, and Jake Allen, 32, are in their thirties. Dadonov is the dean of the group and is not 34 years old.

The Canadian also has five first-round picks at his disposal for the next three seasons and 49 potential candidates enlisted in the past five years. To give an order of magnitude, the Pittsburgh Penguins, more focused on short-term success, enlisted 24 in the same period.

Are you ready for a new era in Montreal?

Hypothetical formation of the Canadian

(There will be injuries and surprises)

(Hoffman, Pezzetta)
(Monahan, Byron, in reserve for injuries early in the season)

Edmundson Barron
Guhle Savard
Matheson Wideman



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