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Canadian |  Coffield, Slavkovsky, Health and Numbers

Canadian | Coffield, Slavkovsky, Health and Numbers

(Laval) Minister Christian Dube is not the only one who wanted to strengthen his health network this summer. It was also a state with the Canadian, after two consecutive seasons during which he presented the worst medical report among the 32 teams in the National League. This topic came up several times at the Habs golf tournament on Monday.


Among CH’s summer hires, two sources are within the so-called “athletic” staff: Jim Ramsey (Director of Sports Medicine and Performance, Chief Sports Therapist) and Maxime Gauthier (Head of Physical Therapy). They will replace Donald Balmforth and Graham Reinbend. Ramsey arrives in Montreal after nearly 30 years with the New York Rangers and Team Canada. “There’s not much it is [Jim Ramsay] Haven’t seen yet, said Kent Hughes. Brings energy to Brossard. » The Canadian general manager spoke about the importance of establishing a “relationship” with players, a point touched upon by Cole Caufield. “He’s been excellent so far,” the young winger said. He communicated a lot with everyone. I was happy to talk to him and I think the guys like him. »


Last year, Canadiens players missed 600 games due to injury, an astronomical number. Nick Suzuki is the only one to play in all 82 games of the season. From training camp, Joel Edmundson, Mike Matheson and Joel Armia went down in combat, a prelude to what awaited the infirmary. Hughes pointed out this time that only one player did not get the green light to start training camp, namely Christian Dvorak, who underwent knee surgery last September. “He will have to undergo a medical examination and see his surgeon again,” Kent Hughes noted.

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Juraj Slafkovsky is one of those players who contributed to the increase in CH’s medical tally. The knee injury he suffered last January 15 in New York ended his season and forced him to miss the last 38 bilateral matches. However, the Slovakian great says he is back, not 100%, but “110%”. “It’s been nine months, and I miss playing. I can’t wait to start again,” said the No. 1 pick of the 2022 draft. Slavkowski claims he arrived lighter at camp and estimates he weighed “102,103 kg,” and his official weight last year was 108 kg. , or 17 kg stones for fans of the British system.


Even more Cartesian, Cole Caufield declared himself “100%,” after a shoulder injury ended his season. He added: “I’m good, I’m 100% ready.” He stated that he returned to this level “about six months after the operation” that took place in early February. He will therefore be back to full fitness at the beginning of August. By the time he came on, he had scored 26 goals in 46 games, which would have given him 46 goals in 82 games. But he confirms that he did not specify the target number of goals. “I have a lot of things to improve other than scoring goals and I am focusing on that.” He added that his main goal is to “play a full season of 82 matches to always be available for the team.”


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Arbor Shekaj

Arbor Chicag’s 2022-2023 season ended on February 12, after a fight with Vincent Desharnais, his ninth fight of the season, in 51 matches. An injury to his right shoulder forced him to visit Drs Peter J. Millett, the same person who operated on Coffield. “I’m surprisingly stronger than before.” Maybe the process helped me,” the giant defenseman offered. Xhekaj caused a stir last year by throwing down the gloves against Zach Kassian, one of the NHL’s tough guys. “With what I did last year, I probably don’t have much to make a name for myself aggressively,” he said.

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And finally, Brendan Gallagher. The fiery right winger played 37 games last season, as a result of a foot injury that he initially tried to ignore, before surrendering. Above all, it was a continuation of a trend that was certainly worrying for the organization. Over the past three seasons, Gallagher has played in just 128 of CH’s 220 games, or 58.2%. The man who previously scored 30 goals a season has scored just 29 goals over these 128 duels. Remember, there are four years remaining on his contract, worth $6.5 million per season. “The last two seasons have been very frustrating. I haven’t lost confidence in myself as a player, but the fact that I’ve been missing training so much has been very frustrating. I’ve worked hard to stay healthy. Last year it was a little out of my control and it cost me most of the season. But I hope that if I can “Staying healthy, I can get back to how I was before. I’m very satisfied with the summer.”