You have read the title correctly. Right now, Connor McDavid is doing things that not even Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux could do.
It seems that it has been established for years that these two legends are the best in history and we take it for granted that they will never be unseated. Still, the way he’s doing it now, McDavid is over the top.
I know, that when he retires, the Edmonton Oilers captain won’t have Gretzky’s numbers. Hockey has changed and aside from his scoring record which can be broken by Alex Ovechkin, you won’t see anyone who comes close to the rest.
But it goes beyond numbers.
Yes, McDavid has bad games. Of course, he has defensive deficiencies and causes turnovers. On the other hand, we can never blame you for not having the pedal constantly on the mat. In possession of the puck, one often gets the impression of seeing one adult against five children at the neighborhood outdoor rink!
I’m not the only one who thinks that McDavid stands apart from Gretzky and Lemieux. I was chatting with Serge Savard recently, and he too was overwhelmed by what he saw from the number 97 player.
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Serge knows something about it, he has faced some very talented players in his career.
The people of Edmonton are blessed and I wish the Oilers and McDavid a long road to the playoffs. Certainly, if we vote today for the winner of the Conn-Smythe Trophy, my vote would be unequivocally in favor of McDavid.
Some also talk about Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. I recognize that he was excellent against the Panthers of the
Florida, but he didn’t have the impact of the Oilers’ center.
When my good friend René Angélil was still with us and I went to see Céline Dion perform, he often said the same thing to him: “Céline is the best. You are going to see her. The guitarist, you don’t care! »
With all due respect to Vasilevskiy, he’s the guitarist and McDavid is Celine. She is at the top and it is for him that people travel.
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However, nothing has been decided yet for the Oilers.
Goalkeeper Mike Smith is still a question mark, but at least we feel like McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are better surrounded than they have been in recent years. The acquisitions of Zach Hyman and Evander Kane bring depth the team hasn’t had in the past.
In Kane’s case, it turns out to be a real bargain at just over $2 million. The winger is a behemoth that shouldn’t be intimidating when he turns a corner at 100 miles per hour.
In addition, he produces offensively, he has 12 goals in 12 playoff games in 2022.
While I’m very happy to see McDavid and the Oilers continue their journey, I have to admit I have mixed feelings about the end of the game against the Flames on Thursday night.
In my opinion, striker Blake Coleman’s goal should have been allowed at the end of the third period. That net would have put Calgary up 5-4 and we could have a very different result today.
The NHL will have to rule on these kinds of situations. These goals, in my opinion, should be conceded.
— Kevin Dube Interview
Echoes of Bergie
Lafreniere plays better
Alexis Lafrenière seems increasingly comfortable with the New York Rangers. I like what I see of him during some games. In addition, many claims that the Canadian is offering his first option in total to the “Blueshirts” in exchange for Lafrenière. In my opinion, we dream in colors. The Rangers will ask for more than the first pick for the Quebec winger. They have already invested time and money in his development and would not be interested in trading him for another young man whose future you do not know. New York knows what it has on its hands with Lafreniere and I’m sure the Rangers are excited about what he can accomplish in the future. Now it’s up to the Habs to make the right decision in the draft. We hear more and more that Shane Wright is not unanimous and that CH has no right to be wrong.
a contract soon
It seems that the Canadian and Martin St-Louis are close to a new agreement. Better. After all, we expected it. However, I wonder what could have hooked that took so long to finalize the contract. Was there any dispute over the salary or length of the contract? Did St-Louis want to take his time and discuss it with his family? All that we will know shortly, but in the end, not much changes. The important thing for the Canadian, both for his players and the fans, is that St-Louis is behind the team’s bench for the first game of the regular season, in October.
I learned like everyone else about the death of presenter Pierre Rinfret, yesterday, after a long fight against cancer. Therefore, I take this forum to express my sincere condolences to his daughter, Camille, as well as her entire family. I had the opportunity to work with Pierre on radio and television and even went to see him last week. We expected it, but this news is always difficult to learn. Another death that affects the great extended family of sport in Quebec…