Martin St-Louis is clear in his message: “I still don’t know what our team will be like in September. There is the draft, there is the unrestricted free agent market, in short, a lot of changes could happen, but the most important thing is the development of our young players and also establishing the culture of the organization. »
Several times he returned to the subject. During her press conference, she prepared the ground. He was careful not to dwell on expectations for the upcoming season. Instead, he focused the discussion on the younger players.
St-Louis quickly learned how to deal with the media. However, as a player, he liked to stay away from members of the press.
“Let’s just say it’s different now. Regular meetings with media people are included in the job descriptions. »
And, quickly, he caught the attention with particular comments, with explanations that are surprising because they do not belong to the stereotypes of professional hockey.
Respect for tradition
And when he talks about culture, that is the centerpiece of the operation.
We want the team to bring together players who will respect tradition, who will understand all the importance of the market in which Canadians develop, players who will show passion, who will want to improve, skaters on whom we will build a solid.
That is why St-Louis insists that he has always nurtured victory. But, we also had to be realistic. “We develop players with victories, but defeat can also contribute to development, let’s not forget that. St-Louis is under no illusions, especially as the organization has a long way to go before it can compete on the same level as the league powerhouses. He can still dream about the playoffs next year, but again, that’s dreaming in color. The company’s objective continues to be culture and to achieve this we will have to bet every day on the development of young skaters.
You know the subject well. Furthermore, he specifies that he did not demand any changes or new personnel during his deal negotiations. That is the work of Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes.
“When you play cards, you have to deal with the ones you’ve been dealt. Sometimes you can achieve beautiful things, who knows. It is not written that it is always the best hand that wins. »
Gorton and Hughes will provide him with skaters, he knows most of those who will make up the next edition but it is expected that the two CH decision makers, if they manage to make their payroll more flexible, will give their coach the opportunity to reach goals faster than expected.
Relaunch of the organization.
But, again, remember Hughes’s comment on the Canadian’s first pick: “We won’t pick an athlete for one season… but a skater who can contribute a lot to reviving the organization.” »
A great challenge for the three new team leaders.
At first glance, the fans understand very well the situation in which Canadians find themselves. In the past, as Serge Savard had repeated many times, the Canadian was doomed to win. This does not currently apply.
the business model
I am well aware that in professional sport only results count.
On the other hand, it is necessary to have a solid business model to regain the trust of fans. When a formation finishes last in the general classification, it must have a plan. Gorton knows this very well and today, as he prepares for the upcoming season with Kent Hughes, he can only rejoice in the Rangers’ successes. After all, didn’t he prepare the organization’s recovery plan?
We put a lot of trust in St-Louis to implement the new company philosophy. On the one hand, because his insight into the art of leading a group of 23 players is new and he quickly convinced the players to embark on the adventure.
And, last year, the team’s veterans quickly embraced their new coach’s concept. This is already a promising start.
That he was awarded a three-year deal may seem surprising in that a five-year deal was expected. But let us not forget that we always remain in the unknown. This is the first time he will manage the team on an 82-game schedule. However, the team’s performances last year confirmed that he has what it takes to be a top coach.
You have three years to achieve your goals. He too, like the players, will progress in a role that he has learned to know in such a short time.
This is a wise choice…
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