To a big summer of happiness…

À un gros été du bonheur...

The 2008-2009 season of the Canadian has been difficult. Last club classified into series in the East, Montreal is tumble in four by the bad Bruins in the first round playoff.

Bob Gainey had pointed to Guy Carbonneau behind the bench in march. The HP was faced with a turning point. Gainey has said goodbye to Saku Koivu and has squandered the ample room under the salary cap in order to reshape his team.

It was first acquired Scott Gomez in a transaction risky. A few days later, he awarded contracts-boggling to Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta, both free agents without restriction.

Gainey, washed solid, and he has paid the price of his job in February 2010. However, HIS team reached the final of the East a few months later. In fact, from 2010 to 2015, the CH has participated in 10 playoff rounds, reaching the final of the East on two occasions (2010 and 2014) and missing the big tournament once (2012). Since 2016, it is four exclusions, including that coming, and only one round of playoffs, lost in the face of Rangers (2017).

Why I remind you all of this ? To awaken you on the option of the free agent market on the first of July next. Marc Bergevin has rotten his defense a few years ago, without being so far managed to rebuild it. The Canadian account on the fragile Weber and reliable Chiarot. Add Petry, for the moment… Victor Mete shows no progress after three seasons in the circuit. Cale Fleury, Alexander Romanov, Jordan Harris, Josh Brooks and Jayden Struble should all play in the NHL, but will not be consistent and reliable for a few years. The others are of bandages. Kulak, Scandella, Ouellet, they only spend…

Advocates interesting.

The market for self-advocates without restriction, which will open in July will be abundant, which, in contrast to 2019. On the right flank, Alex Pietrangelo, Justin Schultz, Tyson Barrie could be very good deals. On the left flank, Torey Krug and TJ Brodie also. Five defenders that have a maximum of 30 years and that there is one last big contract to sign. Is it that the Leafs will have the means to pay Barrie ? Is it that the Bruins are going to violate the rule not to overpay a player ? Is it that Price and Weber, good friends of Pietrangelo, can convince him to accept the bet of Montreal ?

Marc Bergevin, who will have the deep pockets this summer, can afford a few offers fantastic prices in order to restructure its chessboard defensive. Carey Price will make us happier, Shea Weber less pressurized, and the team is well positioned at the start of the next season.

Considering that in attack, even without Tatar and Domi, the team will draw its pin from the play, the DG must concentrate its efforts to take advantage of an offer opulent and rebuilding his defense. It’s been key to the mandate Bergevin is waiting.

Blow of heart

Jay Bouwmeester

To the medical teams of the Blues and Ducks, stepped in quickly and properly in order to avoid the worst defender Jay Bouwmeester. The accident may well be an isolated case, the rarity of these heart failures, should not prevent the national League to consider measures to take in order to better help the players in increasing to the prevention of the absorption of harmful substances. For the moment, the circuit Bettman continues to refuse to ban coke…

Rant

Arbitration in the national hockey League. The work of men who have the latter power on a hockey game is inconsistent and annoying. Boston, Wednesday evening, how it has been able to award only minor penalties when Dealer threw Petry and when Chara is done in another case of rage on ice at the expense of Gallagher ? Chara that was honored, HERE in Montreal, for his 1500 career games. But not, it is that the cave ?

A little 2 on…

A participation in the playoffs for the Philadelphia Flyers. Overcoming some difficulties, the orange show, regardless of the series of victories and defeats, an interesting progression. I’d bet not even a coffee “fret” against Philly in the first knockout round. The Flyers, with Vigneault, Therrien, Laperrière, Couturier, Giroux, Aubé-Kubel and Myers, it’s not bad the rest of us. And then, will have to join a club…

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