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Sometimes, the victory you launches clear messages.
Win games, this is a positive point, but it hides sometimes traps it is necessary to identify in the shortest time possible.
Claude Julien was clearly indicated. “We can’t continue to be so… “
Especially with a schedule as demanding as that of a sequence of three games in Western canada. The Canadian will compete with three teams well different.
• The Oilers representative, an enigma. Agree, Connor McDavid is going to produce, the most important thing is to limit his actions. For the rest, this band has what it takes to meet the expectations of owners and supporters ?
• The Flames have good numbers. This is a talented team, a training led by a new coach and having the staff needed to finish in first place of the pacific division.
• The Canucks of Vancouver are the surprise of the Western conference. Travis Green is confidence to the young players of the organization, a commitment by decision-makers in order to revive the concession. Elias Pettersson is to the Canucks what is the McDavid to the Oilers.
It will be a big test for the Habs. This is the time of year, especially after the weekend of thanksgiving in the United States, where there is a thorough assessment of the workforce. This is also the time for some general managers to make changes.
For the moment, Marc Bergevin, was in the hands of a scenario he had not foreseen in its entirety.
• Was it intended that the success of his team so far would be the result of an attack constantly on the alert, an attack led by Max Domi, that rare were those who saw him in such a role with the Canadian ?
• Was it intended that Jesperi Kotkaniemi would bring another dimension to his team ?
The director-general has made bold moves in recent months and he has the right to display a certain optimism. But you don’t have to remind him that the brigade defensive showing worrisome signs, and if Carey Price doesn’t find its reference points and, above all, his confidence that, two years ago, was unwavering, it will spoil.
The Canadian has accumulated of the important points up here. It is an investment that must now pay dividends. As the season progresses, the competition intensifies. And this is where the challenge is even more important.
Bergevin and his group must now ensure that the business model proposed by the owner Geoff Molson meets the timelines set.
In the administrative offices, there is no talk of reconstruction, a word of the dictionary. It speaks of transition, but also, we advance goals that could be described as unrealistic, but who, suddenly, are the conversations.
A qualification to the playoffs, this is what Bergevin was launched as a goal to achieve. However, until now, it works. Except that there are more and more traps.
As long as the attack to happen… but can you get any guarantees ?
The last week
• There were seven games yesterday, but after the meeting of Saturday evening, which was the first rank of the high scorers of the national League ? Patrice Bergeron.
• The Toronto Maple Leafs have officially placed William Nylander in the window. They have until 1 December to make him sign a contract, which seems impossible due to the difference in monetary terms between the two clans. A folder that will be talking over the next few days.
• Martin Brodeur will be inducted into the hockey hall of fame, today. Is he the best goalkeeper in history ? The discussion is open. However, there is not a single guard who was preparing for a match like the ex-door-colors of the New Jersey Devils. To the question how could he be so relaxed the morning of a match or an hour before a game unlike most of his colleagues, he replied : “Personally, the game starts after the presentation of the national anthems. It is at this point that I focus entirely on the objectives set. “As to Martin St-Louis, should we recall that it has relaunched the careers of small players…