Sports careers are not eternal. They even seem to move at an increasingly frantic pace as the seasons follow one another.
This is the remark made by Mathieu Perrault. At 34, it’s still his dream to win the Stanley Cup, even if the number of chances has dwindled.
Moreover, during the training camp, he admitted to the author of these lines that he chose the Canadian, with whom he signed an agreement for one season, in the hope of raising the precious trophy.
Then he could see that after reaching the grand final, there wasn’t much lack of this formation.
Obviously, this would not be the case.
“It’s hard to see that target disappear,” Perrault said, and he may return to work on Saturday evening in Ottawa.
On the sidelines since December 14, the Drummondville-based player has seen no action in the team’s last 22 games. Canadian confusion is seen from the bridge.
“When you’re not playing, when you’re on the sidelines, (like this situation) he’s not encouraging. The days in the ring have never been so fun,” he said of the team’s breakdown.
“Noting the change and seeing the way it has evolved since Martin (St. Louis) arrived, it gave me the motivation to work twice as hard in hopes of coming back. And I wanted to join that.”
According to the official version, Perreault was nursing an injury to the lower body.
However, a recent article in L’Express, a weekly magazine in Drummondville, reported back pain the local champ was about to receive cortisone injections.
Before Habs’ departure for the federal capital, Perreault didn’t want to go into details. But he admitted that the injury he was inflicting, from which he has recovered so far, is chronic in nature.
“Yes, this is something I will have to learn to live with in the coming years. When you get older, sometimes small sores appear that are difficult to heal.”
Without necessarily mortgaging his age, these diseases will bother him more than a simple muscle stiffness in the morning due to age.
“You guys my age, when they’ve been playing hockey since they were four, have had little sores that will follow them for the rest of their lives. No player who’s played in the NHL for 15 years can say otherwise. The body hurt,” he said.
In short, time is running out and Perreault will have to look elsewhere to fulfill his cherished wish.
“I want to have fun and I want to show myself so that I can extend my career and give myself another chance to win this cup,” he said of the comeback.
“I still feel fit. I have energy, I have strength. I can still push.”
With a month left before the trade deadline, he wants to do a good enough job to get the attention of a team that aspires to the highest honors.
“If the teams want me to go over the next few weeks and help them, I will definitely take the opportunity,” he said, adding that he had not had a discussion with Kent, Hughes and Jeff Gorton about it.
In 14 matches, Perreault scored three goals (all in the same match) and added one assist). In November, he missed 15 matches due to a retinal detachment in one of his eyes.
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