No drunken promises.
Only Joel Edmundson, no doubt because of his experience, went there with this cliché of the fall: “Our objective, obviously, is to obtain a pass for the playoffs”.
But, it was a statement unpacked without too much conviction.
The other players never talked about the playoffs. Neither do the organization’s decision makers.
And Martin St-Louis, in an interesting interview with Renaud Lavoie on TVA Sports, simply summarized the situation.
“The important thing for us is to improve. Expectations are always determined by our actions. Are we going to grow fast? We do not know. We’ll see. »
For those who think the Canadian should slow down this winter to improve its chances of recruiting Connor Bedard, Kent Hughes has a message.
“We have always said that our goal is to win games. And that won’t change. At the same time, we want to make sure that our young players will take advantage of the current context to climb the ladder, we will have to provide them with this opportunity. »
The transparency of the decision-makers of the formation reassures the supporters
Nick Suzuki was expected to be the new captain. We didn’t wait long, it’s confirmed.
The Carey Price file was analyzed and delivered with great precision by Hughes, no gray area. He will not play this season. It’s confirmed.
“He will meet with the doctors this week, but I don’t foresee any changes,” added the GM.
Shea Weber’s departure was a matter of time. Confirmed.
We had planned a spectacular repechage session. Confirmed. After the first round, Juraj Slafkovsky and Kirby Dach along with Filip Mesar were new members of the organization, and Alexander Romanov is now continuing his career with the New York Islanders. Hughes grabbed the spotlight with his behind-the-scenes work.
The GM also accommodated Jeff Petry by shipping him to Pittsburgh in return for Mike Matheson.
A month later, Hughes got Sean Monahan from the Calgary Flames.
No wonder we discover a particular craze. We can’t wait for the season to begin.
We are eagerly awaiting the start of training camp. We will watch with interest the work of the young players. The supporters have rather modest expectations, but they show that they are well aware that the organization must take an important step. In the past, it was said that the Canadiens were doomed to win.
This is always the case as long as the formation can compete with the best clubs on the circuit. However, this is not currently the case. Decision makers have every intention of solving the problems, but they will do so by following a well-defined plan of attack.
Fans have understood that administrators have great challenges to meet and that explains their enthusiasm. They were well informed, they were given a clear picture of the situation so that they realized that they had taken the right course.
So right now we want to see Suzuki and Cole Caufield. They are young, they are dynamic, they are spectacular.
The first objective
Attention, victory remains the primary objective, but amateurs, in the current context, want above all to observe passionate players. And, under the direction of Martin St-Louis, we expect great achievements. Because the head coach will be able to build his team.
Veterans will be in danger if some fail to stand out. It will give young players the tools to thrive.
And as I noted, among the fans as among the players, we do not think of a championship and the subject of the playoffs does not fill the conversations.
We prefer rather to believe that this training will be able to bring hope for the next seasons. The fans will greatly appreciate the efforts of this group as well as those of the senior management who quickly gained the trust of skaters and fans alike.
The appointment of Suzuki as captain precisely represents the image that this new administration wants to project.
A young captain, the youngest in the history of the club, a team increasingly close to a new audience, younger and just as passionate.
We will even allow ourselves to have advertising on the team jersey.
Who would’ve believed that ?
But, we find ourselves in a very different sporting world.