“With the Kings, things weren’t going the way I wanted” – Frédéric Allard
ANAHEIM | After six seasons in the West, Frédéric Allard will have the chance to return home. Home is Quebec and the organization of the Montreal Canadiens.
Acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for the services of forward Nate Schnarr, Allard will join the Laval Rocket in a few days.
At At the time of the trade, he was in San Jose when his team, the Ontario Reign, was scheduled to face the Barracudas tonight. Moreover, he gave his first impressions live from the airport.
“I am very excited to come back to Montreal. This is a situation that I did not expect, underlined Frédéric Allard. It's a great opportunity, especially in Montreal.
“I know there are a lot of injuries and they were looking for defenders. In Los Angeles, things weren't going the way I wanted. I had in mind that a trade could happen.
“Going to help the Rocket and being ready for the next level is very exciting.”
< p>Allard describes himself as a defender who is capable of playing “200 feet”. He is comfortable both on offense and defensively.
“My main strength is my vision of the game. I am also able to move the puck well.”
Good words for Houle
Allard has heard good words about head coach Jean-François Houle.
“I only know him by name,” said the former Chicoutimi Saguenéens. I've only heard good things about him. In Ontario, I played with Tobie Paquette-Bisson, one of his former players.
“During the summer, I train with Alex Belzile and Anthony Richard.”
Allard will give a boost to a defense that lacked right-handers. His experience is going to be an important aspect as the Rocket are involved in a playoff race.
Like the NHL
The Rocket have a reputation enviable in the American League. Place Bell is a difficult place to play for opposing teams.
“I already have chills at the idea of playing in Laval,” Allard said. Our captain T.J Tynan went to the all-star game and he told me that Montreal was crazy!
“It's an organization that is on another level. It compares to the NHL.
At the start, with Justin Barron's injury, we thought he would have the chance to wear the Canadiens' uniform for tonight's game against the Ducks from Anaheim. This premiere will have to wait.