It may not be obvious at first glance, but for now there is only good news in the Canadians’ camp.
Of course, to find good news here you have to have a degree of optimism equal to that of Jacques Demers who landed in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in 1993. But we swear to you it is possible.
So, first good news: There are only 19 games left on the Canadian schedule. Does this sound unusual to you? not. In the 19 games we’ll be on April 14, Canadian players will be emptying their coffers at Brossard, and we can stop wondering if Sean Monahan hurt his foot, hip, back, or scalp, among others. possibilities.
At 19 games in, it will also be the start of the third year of the arrival of the person who decides it all, namely Vice President of Hockey Operations Jeff Gorton. Fans should, in theory, begin to identify the signs that their team is headed in the right direction. The club’s loyal fans have already noticed that the facilities at Brossard are more player-friendly, among other improvements, and that’s great, but will that translate into more wins next season? We’ll see, but there is room for a little optimism.
Other good news: The Canadian will see stellar opponents in these last 19 matches.
This week only, the Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, and New Jersey Devils will be landing at the Bell Center on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, respectively. All these teams are part of top 10 In the league’s overall standings, the Hurricanes are in second place.
By April 13, the Canadian must face the Boston Bruins, the best team in the arena, twice, as well as see the Tampa Bay Lightning twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs again, two more teams to finish in the top 10. In addition to Tuesday, the Canadian will have another meeting with the Hurricanes, 1any April. Did I say lottery?
Of course, not all of these matches will turn into defeats, but we can expect more defeats than wins, which will reignite the flame of hope for the counter simulation-fueled fans who dream of Conor Bedard.
The last good news: auditions continue for 2023-2024. Over the next few weeks we should know if Rafael Harvey Benard deserves to be here full time (probably), if Jonathan Drouin is still part of the management plans (probably not), if Denis Guryanov can play as first choice. The tour he’s been on before (we doubt that) or if Joel Edmondson can still help this team out on a regular basis (who knows?).
Then the next four months can be devoted to making really important decisions, with at least this certainty in the foundation: it couldn’t be worse.
Allard in Laval
The Canadian announced on Monday that Frédéric Allard will have to report to Laval. The defender was transferred to the American League Rocket, less than 24 hours after playing his second game in the National League, his first in a Montreal jersey.
During that game in Las Vegas on Sunday night, the 25-year-old had two shots on goal, playing for 11 minutes and 31 seconds, in a 4-3 loss to the Golden Knights. Allard, a 2016 Nashville Predators third-round pick, was purchased by the Canadiens from the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.
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