Try telling a clever kid around you that losing on purpose is normal and completely legal to increase your chances of winning the Connor Bedard lottery. You know the principle. New Jersey applied it in 2019 to draft Jack Hughes. The year before, Buffalo had let it sink in to pick Rasmus Dahlin. The Devils had acted in the same way a year before to get their hands on Nico Hischier.

The strategy has been around for a long time, even the Nordics of the time will tell you, when they prepared the team for the cup in Colorado. It's become the great contest of the pocketiest and teams like Chicago, Anaheim and Columbus are having a blast with inert offenses, porous defenses and very dubious interest.

Montreal, which is 27th overall, no longer seems to want to win the lottery. All agree to analyze that the Canadian will not make the playoffs. In such a context, wouldn't it be best to work downwards? That's what the Edmonton Oilers had done subtly for Connor McDavid, when they already had guys like Draisaitl, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. They had agreed to lose for a few years in full view of everyone.


There are 1000 tricks to make a team win and there are even more to push it subtly towards chess. 

I thought Martin St-Louis was going to join the movement when he started to juggle his lines during the holidays and that he broke conditions that were a little too winning. But no. To make matters worse, the numerical advantage has started.

We almost want to say that the Canadian is no longer in the game. 

De l 'enclave  

  • Here we go! The fishing season for channel fish in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade is taking off. The ice is quite thick and the village is celebrating. For an unforgettable day where everything is provided, call 418 325-2465.
  • Why, during major world hockey championships, do teams dressed in light wear dark helmets? and a white helmet when they are dressed in dark? It's peak-peak.
  • At his outfitter, Réal Massé is now ready to welcome snowmobilers from Thursday to Sunday. Sleep and good food in the beautiful forest of Saint-Zénon.
  • You have until tomorrow (January 15) to try your luck in the draw for the best Sépaq territories for the moose hunting and also for deer hunting on Anticosti Island.
  • Hampus Lindholm(Boston) leads the NHL with a +28 to his record, tied with Joe Pavelski (Dallas), 38  Ryan Graves (New Jersey) follows at +25, and former Canadian Tomas Tatar, now with New Jersey, is at +24.

Hampus Lindholm

  • Successor to Gilles Courteau at the head of the QMJHL? I would put a small two on Jocelyn Thibault.

Jocelyn Thibault

  • Chicoutimi has the largest Quebec skating rink, or at the Center Georges-Vézina. The Saguenéens evolve on a surface with Olympic dimensions. Great.
  • Do you think that Jesse Ylönen, from the Canadian, is a Finn? No, he was born in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jesse Ylönen

  • Mathew Barzal of the Islanders drives to one run per game since the start of the season. Salary ? Ten million a year.

Mathew Barzal