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Canadian: “I've had a crazy year” – Tanner Pearson SHARE Jean-François Chaumont
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Almost a year ago, Tanner Pearson was juggling in his head between returning to play or giving up. To use his words, both scenarios remained 50% plausible.
“I’ve been through a crazy year,” Pearson said during his first crowd with the Montreal media. That's the least I can say. I have experienced several challenges, but I am happy with my progress. If someone had told me almost a year ago that I was going to return to this level, I would have taken it immediately.”
An injury to his left hand haunted him last season. He was injured on November 9 in a 5-2 loss by the Canucks against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
“It was a strange game,” he recalled. I was rushing into the corner and my fingers spread.”
Pearson finally had surgery on his hand left in November, but then lost significant time due to an infection following surgery. He has reportedly gone under the knife five times since the first procedure.
Questioned on this subject, number 70 didn't really have the heart to return to this story.
“I wouldn't have enough time to explain that.”
“I won’t go into details about the operations,” he continued. I know people would like to know that. It's a big subject. But I won't talk about it.”
In good health
In press conference the day after the trade with the Canucks which involved the goaltender Casey DeSmith, Kent Hughes said Pearson was about 80 percent recovered.
“No, I would say it’s more,” added Pearson. I prefer to speak 90% in terms of my strength. I am very happy with the progress.”
The CH general manager also described his arrival as a player who will add a little gray hair to his team.
“I saw that,” replied the winger, smiling. But yes, I want to become a mentor for young people. I had this role in Vancouver. It’s different when you arrive with new teammates. I will probably remain more discreet at first. When I become more comfortable, I will take up more space.”
“I was the oldest forward in Vancouver for two years. It's nothing new.”
A predictable transaction
At 31, Pearson wore the Canucks uniform for only 14 games last year. He scored a goal and added four assists.
He wasn't surprised when he received the call from Patrik Allvin, the Canucks' GM, announcing his departure.
“Honestly, I kind of expected it,” he said. -he admitted. I've been playing in the NHL long enough to understand what can happen. I had mixed emotions. I was very close to the players in Vancouver. But I’m excited for a fresh start. I needed a new environment.”
In Montreal, Pearson will reunite with a former teammate from Canada's 2012 Junior World Championship team.
“I already know a few Canadian players. I played with Brendan Gallagher at the World Juniors. Unfortunately, I was rooming with him! I know Monahan, Anderson, Suzuki.”
And Pearson, a former Kings player, is still good friends with Tyler Toffoli.
“Tof was very happy for me. He texted me after my conversation with (Patrik) Allvin. He spread the news faster than anyone. He really enjoyed his days in Montreal and he was happy for me.”