Hockey school and country club.

Hockey school and country club.

I warn you in advance: many will not agree with the point of this column, but I do not care, since it reflects exactly what I think. In my opinion, Martin St-Louis currently runs the Canadiens like a hockey school.

Yes, the Habs coach is refreshing in his words. His press conferences are interesting to listen to, his clear and detailed explanations.

But right now, he’s in a very good mood. His team finished last in the entire NHL last season and just lost its first three preseason games. The results in training camp, who cares, you tell me. Yes and no.

What we have seen on the ice for three games is not chic. On Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets, the Canadian had just 10 shots after 40 minutes of play before rebounding into third place. After the game, once again, St-Louis defended their players. His explanations are so well articulated that everyone believes them, without flinching.

But the reality of hockey is not that. If I continue to say that everyone is beautiful and fine, I fear that the Canadian will become a country club, a team where everyone is in their comfort zone, with their place acquired.


On the other hand, part of me hopes that what we see of St. Louis on camera doesn’t 100% reflect what he thinks of his team right now.

I have the impression that we see two faces in the Canadian coach at the moment: the one that feeds the media with great well-crafted explanations, and the one that, behind the bench, looks at his assistants with a little exasperation on his face. .

In his playing career, no one could blame Martin St-Louis for his intensity. You don’t have to read it: you know the definition of this word by heart.

I’d like to see that fire when I’m behind the bench. He has never accepted half measures, both for himself and for his companions, and I have the impression that he has not had the same intransigence since he changed the shoulder pads for a suit and tie.

His buzzwords since training camp began: execution and structure.

Obviously no one will argue with it as it is the basis of hockey.

But no one blamed him, as a player, for his lack of structure and execution. Why ? Because he showed up every time he was on the track like it was the last. He was a real one.


The Canadian is probably going through the worst phase of his existence and what we find ourselves doing is blaming the youth.

We are lowering ourselves to the level of the Arizona Coyotes or the Buffalo Sabers of the last few years. By mentioning that we are young, we gain time. What is the beauty of time? It has no duration.

The Sabers said they were young for almost 10 years. Canadians don’t have the luxury to do that.

Because they are the Canadiens, the most prestigious organization in the NHL. And let me go with Connor Bedard, if the goal of a team is to be mediocre for a chance at recruiting young talent!

Yes, I know, there are many negative aspects. Hopefully next week will be a little less…

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However, there are some positives to be drawn from the Canadian’s current training camp and Kaiden Guhle is probably at the top of the list. Watching him behave from the start of camp, it’s obvious he’ll start the year in Montreal. I am impressed by his quality as a skater and his positioning. Now, let’s stop trying to find her a big brother! Looks like we want to pair him with David Savard. I’ve never been a big fan of this way of playing a handsome young man with an aging veteran. I understand that I can probably help him off the ice, but on the ice, that doesn’t mean they have complementary styles.


I was watching Pierre-Luc Dubois play Thursday night against the Canadiens, and I couldn’t help but imagine what he could accomplish in Montreal. He asked to be traded by the Jets, and the Habs should do everything they can to get their hands on him. Along with Nick Suzuki, he would provide stability in the center in the short and long term. When he was on the ice Thursday, we knew we were in the NHL. His physique, his speed and his talent make him a player that a team can build on. Yes, the price would be high, but you don’t have two chances to get a center back like Dubois who also seems to want to play in Montreal.


Jeff Petry was no longer one of my favorites and he didn’t make his case any better with the comments he made this week. The former Habs defenseman said the difference between Pittsburgh and Montreal is that the Penguins don’t just make the playoffs, they go for the Cup every season. It’s terrible coming from a player who left his team last year, a team that offered him the contract of his life. A word of advice to Jeff Petry: If your goalie gets bullied in Pittsburgh and you don’t intervene, like you did here last year, I can assure you you’ll never wear a Penguins uniform again. .

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