the price to pay

the price to pay

Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield nearly flipped the script on Saturday night like they have so many times last year.

It took Kirby Dach being moved to the right flank after patrolling the center for the first two periods for the Canadian to put on an interesting show.

But this is precisely the problem that Martin St-Louis must solve. And do you have the manpower to do it?

If Suzuki and Caufield are handcuffed for 40 minutes, the attack does not cause the opponent any concern. The Los Angeles Kings never bothered until St. Louis said, “enough is enough.”

Josh Anderson seemed like a logical choice to replace Dach along with the two best forwards on the team. After all, St. Louis wanted to allow the former Chicago Blackhawks player to regain the job Kent Hughes acquired him for. And we still believe that he will be the second center of the organization behind Suzuki.

anderson failed

So the opportunity to cast Dach in this role lent itself well with the absence of Sean Monahan. The problem was that Anderson failed to follow through on the mandate given to him and the Dach trio were unable to take charge while Suzuki was closely watched by the visitors.

Result: the Kings had fun like thieves at the fair until, in the third half, their famous system failed due to the perseverance and tenacity of the Suzuki trio with Dach on the right flank.

However, when an organization chooses to make a complete change, as decided by CH leaders, there is always a price to pay and conditions to be met:

  • You need patience.
  • You have to take advantage of the bargains that the market will offer.
  • The development process must run at full speed.
  • You have to accept daring situations to achieve your goals.
  • We must take all financial means to find solutions.

payroll too high

The CH currently has a payroll that is too high for the quality of staff on site.

This roster will need to be reduced in order to ensure that a player like Cole Caufield stays with the organization for several years.

The fans delivered a harsh judgment at the end of the first half, on Saturday night, booing, but you have to understand that the current team is the one we are going to watch at the end of the season.

There will certainly be player changes. The veterans will leave. But these will be business decisions.

We all agree that this first quarter of the calendar surprised everyone. The show given by Caufield— and Suzuki has awakened the fans. Let’s hope it continues like this, but games like Saturday’s, there will be others. As the campaign progresses, the competition will become even more intense.

With the roster in place, if Suzuki and Caufield don’t live up to the standards they’ve set thus far, there will be nights where the fans’ patience will be required.

It is unavoidable.

not overnight

When you decide to change the culture of a company and you recognize that it will be necessary to modify the training to achieve the objectives, you have to face adversity and respect the business model.

But it doesn’t happen overnight.

Not with the management system advocated by the National League.

Most general managers repeat this every day.

“We want to make transactions, but the salary cap does not allow us to do it. »

a good companion

Find a partner…

As it becomes increasingly difficult to make roster changes, a key National League player told me this week that “increasingly, the trend is going to be to find a business partner.”

In other words, what Kent Hughes and Brad Treliving did last summer in the case of Sean Monahan could become a trend.

Hughes allowed the Flames to acquire Nazem Kadri by agreeing to welcome Monahan and his $6.375 million per season contract to Montreal. And the Canadiens’ general manager also asked Calgary for a first-round draft pick.

“What we have to keep in mind is that we could see transactions involving three teams, two teams exchanging skaters and a third playing the role of financial partner,” my insider continued.

in sector 13

In recent seasons, clubs with low salary caps have accepted inactive player contracts in exchange for a first-round pick.

This formula was sent to line 13 for various reasons.

On the other hand, a business partner could solve the problem. He would come to the aid of a team that had to give up a major contract to get a player.

The Brock Boeser case

Brock Boeser’s representatives received permission from the Vancouver Canucks to speak with other clubs in the league. Boeser makes about $7 million a year.

Interested organizations cannot go further in negotiations at this time due to the salary cap. They are looking for a financial partner.

By the March 3 deadline to complete transfers, we may be able to see three-way transactions.


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