The Canadian can’t go wrong


There is a lot of excitement for the National League draft, which starts Thursday in Montreal. The Canadian has several choices, which makes supporters upbeat. But leaders won’t have the right to go wrong with their first selection.

Shane Wright? Juraj Slafkovsky? The question divides the fans. The organization understands that it cannot be wrong. We can’t relive the 1980 saga, at the end of which CH had set its sights on Doug Wickenheiser rather than Denis Savard …

This draft is too important for the organization. For the present, of course, but above all for the future.

Four Quebecers?

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

I think the new leadership is well aware of the expectations of its supporters, which has not always been the case in the past.

In recent years the organization has neglected the Quebec factor, writing very little. Today it has suffered the repercussions. Quebecers must feel appreciated by Canadians.

The days of 7 and 8 July will be followed with great attention by fans from Montreal. It’s about reconstruction, even if it’s a word that CH refuses to use, because we still don’t know Carey Price’s decision.

I still believe that the direction the organization will take will be dictated by the choice that Price will make whether or not to continue his career. Based on that, we will know next year where the Canadian will be.

But in general, the team is heading in the right direction. We have to trust the new management. He knows what he is doing and I believe it will produce positive results.

Surprise trainers

Another point that has caught my attention in recent days has been the surprising purchases in Detroit and Boston.

The Red Wings have hired Jon Cooper’s assistant in Tampa Bay, Derek Lalonde. Will it become a new trend? The Stanley Cup final pitted Cooper against Jared Bednar. Two good complete coaches, who have a good command of 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 opted for Montrealer Jim Montgomery. A man who, when he was with the Dallas Stars, quit to treat alcoholism. He was a great coach in Texas and in Boston, they trust him.

Too bad for Pascal Vincent

The Winnipeg Jets were also looking for a head coach to replace Dave Lowry. They wanted Barry Trotz to join their organization, but he chose to take a year off.

Eventually they settled on Rick Bowness. It’s a homecoming for a veteran, which he had with the first version of the Jets, in the ’80s.

I don’t know if it’s a good decision. She is not getting any younger. Just like in the case of John Tortorella in Philadelphia. It’s a youth league, we need young coaches.

It’s also a shame for Quebecer Pascal Vincent, a good coach who deserves his chance in the NHL. He is perhaps the best friend of the Jets: he was an assistant in Winnipeg for five years before leading their American League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, for another five years.

– Jessica Lapinski interview

Echoes of Bergie

The Canadian would be interested in Pierre-Luc Dubois


Archive photo, Martin Chevalier

I saw this week that the Canadian would be interested in the services of Pierre-Luc Dubois. It would be a nice acquisition. Dubois is a great center, which has a little more experience than the young people of the CH.

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

He is sure that the price to pay will be enormous if Montreal wants to make its acquisition. Winnipeg will not give gifts. But as an established midfielder, he would be perfect for the CH.

I believe Patrick Roy will stay

It is Monday that we should know if Patrick Roy will remain head coach and general manager of the Remparts. I, I have a feeling that he will stay.

I am told that the Remparts will not lose many players next season. It was Patrick who built that team. I think he will want to do it, win a championship.

I’m not in the secret of the gods. But Patrick is well surrounded in Quebec, most notably by Jaques Tanguay.

Congratulations to the Sea Dogs!

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

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

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


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