Will he play? Won’t he play? Wrist injury that doesn’t cause him any problems? Or is he really healed? Will he be with the Canadiens next year? Or will he look for a job with another team?
Indeed, Jonathan Drouin arrives at training camp in a very special role. Normally, he wouldn’t have to worry about his job, having a $ 5.5 million contract as collateral. He has a long experience, playing in the National League for more than seven years. He has a certain talent, but the path we discover in his curriculum vitae is marked by various events that have raised controversy, various injuries and even health problems.
No impact on the team
In recent years he has played sporadically and inevitably has had no impact on his lineup. The player who is believed to have obtained from the Tampa Bay Lightning does not meet expectations, on the contrary, while Mikhail Sergachev, a player who was ceded to the Lightning, is an important cog in this concession.
When Jonathan Drouin takes to the track for the start of the retreat, he will not have the unanimity that is granted to veterans who have spent several months on the sidelines. Usually, the position they have held is still theirs.
The Canadian is in a particular situation. It is in the midst of a concession revival period. Several administrative changes have been made in recent months. The new decision makers have begun the process of changing the organization’s image. They’ve replaced some veterans, and will continue to make changes to the workforce to give themselves more flexibility in terms of payroll.
In recent weeks they have acquired young players who respond to the new philosophy of the organization, responding to the culture we want to establish.
Where is Drouin in all of this?
In principle, he is a player who should enjoy certain privileges. At first glance, we think he might evolve with Josh Anderson and Kirby Dach. However, keep in mind that decision makers now have several options. There is no doubt that the emergence of Nick Suzuki, the spectacular entry of Cole Caufield, the arrival of Sean Monahan and the acquisition of Dach change that.
Dvorak, Byron and Armia
Christian Dvorak remains a rather intriguing case. Is he still in the organization’s plans?
In this regard, one always wonders if Paul Byron will be able to put on his skates. What do we expect from Joel Armia? What season will Brendan Gallagher, whose achievements and performances have lost some of their glory in the last two seasons, will live? And it goes without saying that we would let Mike Hoffman go for nothing.
Drouin will not come to the retreat as a rookie. But he will have to reassure Martin St-Louis that he still has his place on the team.
And Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes have very specific goals. On the one hand, they don’t have to rush their invented program to get the dealership back on track. They have been methodical so far and will be in the coming months. Are they in a hurry to win on the spot? For nothing.
Fans understand it will be a long process. In the meantime, they will have the opportunity to supervise young players who will be given more responsibilities within an elaborate development program.
It is up to Drouin to prove that he can really have an impact within the organization …
We have to believe that the decision makers of Hockey Canada have not understood anything.
How can board members renew their posts by pointing out that they had given hockey new structures, that they had made several changes so that the sport would continue to grow, that they had largely contributed to the rise of women’s hockey, that the Were the results of Canadian teams internationally respectable?
In short, they had done a colossal job.
You really have to have a big ego.
It takes a little courage not to take into account the reasons that led decision makers before a parliamentary committee to explain the spending of several million dollars of public funds to “buy” the silence of a woman raped by members of the Canadian Junior Team in 2018 in London, Ontario.
Parents, MPs, the general public no longer have any respect for the leaders of -Hockey Canada. How can we leave Hockey Canada, an organization responsible for promoting the sport of hockey, in the hands of unscrupulous people who use taxpayers’ money to protect their egos?
What happened in London, we don’t care about Hockey Canada.
The administrators paid the bill to disguise everything.
These same people are returning to the leadership of Hockey Canada, it is unacceptable and this decision requires immediate action from the federal government.
And don’t expect Hockey Canada business partners to rush to renew their commitments with the Canadian organization. Mostly they will stay away from this group of administrators.