In the right direction

In a good way


It's unexpected and amazing. Rarely have we seen so many positive elements fall so precisely into the right box in such a short time. 

It's very beautiful to see. It's been a long time in Montreal that we haven't seen so many hands in the dough. No brawlers, no unfortunates and far fewer irritants, the youngsters quite naturally took charge.  

Very quickly, confidence was built around Captain Suzuki. There are not ten matches on the counter and the right ingredients in the recipe are obvious. We knew about Caufield, but no one saw it coming with the Robidas department, the assurance of Guhle, the rapid development of Harris, the joints and the courage of Xhekaj.  

In the concept of reconstruction, it was not expected that it would be the youngest workers who lead so far. And Slavkovsky, the big little brother that everyone wants to propel. The kid loves Montreal, he says so and it's not phoney (dummy).  

In life as in the sport, confidence is a crucial component and we feel, we see that it is taking hold. We work in the right direction, and results appear quickly.  

Thursday, against the Coyotes, when the captain almost fooled the opposing goaltender on his penalty shot, the camera then showed us the reserves on the bridge. They were doubled over, cramped with laughter, saluting the great success of their leader. A little arrogant, the green navels, but it smelled of team spirit.  

The grimaces

I write this paper before yesterday's game against the Stars and the beautiful fairy tale may have been crushed. Some nights it will happen and no one is claiming the Montreal Canadiens are off to the Stanley Cup next June. . When it's all wrong, we don't hesitate to say it, so when it goes wrong, we have to recognize it too.  

Hockey has its theatrical side, and it was Michel Bergeron who, several years ago, said he liked players who make faces. Yes, when he goes to brew in the corner against one or two opponents, when through the blows of sticks he carves out a place in front of the net, when he hits a rival, we want to see the effort, the aggressiveness, the sourness in his face. You have to feel this desire to win the little battles one by one.  

Will Martin St-Louis succeed in maintaining his doctrine over a long period? He sells his salad well so far. When the extra effort and getting high has become a habit, the coach can go deeper elsewhere.  


Casually, it is the young people who have taken a lot of the weight off the shoulders of the veterans and that can only help this new entity which is taking shape. If the trend continues, it won't be easy to play at the Bell Centre. They don't let go. From now on, youthful mistakes are allowed, but no laziness. The culture change works, it shows.  

For points, ranking and series, we will see later. For the moment, we are building plank by plank and it starts level.

From the Enclave

  • The portrait of old people in the NHL has changed since the retirement of the Chara , Thornton, Green, Spezza and (Duncan) Keith. The 3 oldest in the league are now Marc Giordano (39) in Toronto, Joe Pavelski (38) in Dallas and Zach Parise (38) with the Islanders.
  • Marleau, Subban and Gaborikare other names you won't hear from active players anymore.
  • The highest recorded score in the NHL is 12-9, Edmonton's victory over Chicago in 1985. La Trappe was off that night.
  • Former Nord and Bruins, Gaspesian Louis Sleigher celebrates his 64th birthday today. Did you know ? He was originally drafted by the Canadiens in 1978. As a junior in Chicoutimi, he played with Guy Carbonneau.
  • The Dallas Stars, almost in the heart of the United States, are owned by Tom Gaglardi of Northland Properties, a Canadian company that also owns hotel and restaurant chains. Headquarters in Vancouver.
  • Ryan Suzuki, Nick's brother, is still unable to carve out a place at center with the Hurricanes who drafted him in the first round (28th) in 2019.
  • David Desharnais (36) is starting his fourth season in Friborg in the big league of Switzerland. He plays with Raphaël Diaz and Jacob DeLaRose, two other former Canadians.
  • Time flies. Yesterday, it was already 6 months since Guy Lafleur passed away. I still can't believe it.
  • Golfers, be aware that the sun sets a little before 6 p.m. So if you start after 1:30 p.m., you might end up dark…and cold.
  • If I Owned an NHL Team , we would have a small settlement. As I invest hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars in your career, it is forbidden to do the warm-up period without a helmet.
  • Canadian defender Arber Xhekaj< /strong> worked at a Costco two years ago… he must have been a doorman?
  • It was amazing to see the brothers Nolac compete in front of over 50,000 people this week. Aaron, pitcher for the Phillies, and Austin, receiver for the Padres, were focused and serious like two popes. We'll never know how mom and dad were in the stands in San Diego. The brothers are from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

In a good way