Marc Bergevin launched several interesting information on TVA Sports yesterday, when he was the guest of Jean-Charles Lajoie. The guys on the evening shift in the team have had jobs like they haven’t had since the start of the pandemic last night!
But a info went unnoticed.
The Canadiens’ GM, very confident to come to an agreement with Joel Edmundson in the coming days, indicated that his team will have five quality defenders in Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmundson and Alexander Romanov.
He then went on to say that there was also Victor Mete and Brett Kulak and that so it was sept. Not mandatory to exchange one then…
Sorry Brett and Victor, but the big boss sees you below the team’s top five defenders. You’ll have to fight for the last available spot in the lineup (and the reduced minutes that come with it).
Note that Kulak, Mete and Romanov could all play right even if they are left handed.
Marc Bergevin also confided yesterday to Mathias Brunet that Noah Juulsen was most likely going to have to be waived, then sent to Laval if not claimed.
“Juulsen needs to play hockey. He hasn’t played for a year and a half. There is so much uncertainty in his case. He might start playing again and have a headache. You can’t really count it. “- Marc Bergevin talking with Mathias Brunet from La Presse
The CEO of CH also recalled that he could send Cale Fleury to Laval without having to offer it free to other teams.
To hear him speak, it’s as if Xavier Ouellet and Christian Folin had already left.
Folin, who had knee surgery during the summer, will be eligible for full autonomy on October 9. I think his journey with the Habs is over.
As for Ouellet, he played every summer game on the left (while Mete was carried around on the right). He played more minutes than Mete almost every night.
However, does Ouellet still have a future with the blue White Red? He has just played the only year of a two-part contract ($ 300,000 AHL / $ 700,000 NHL). He will have the right to autonomy with restriction and to arbitration.
Will Marc Bergevin submit a qualifying offer to him to keep his rights or will he let him go on the morning of October 9? Hearing him speak yesterday he doesn’t seem to have a plan to Montreal for Ouellet.
At best, he risks making him the eighth defender in the organization, a guy who will be waived before the start of the season and who will wear the « C » in Laval if it is not claimed. This is at best.
I suppose the biggest assumption one can make from Bergevin’s comments yesterday is that Xavier Ouellet is not likely to have a spot on the roster. He may have just neglected to mention him, but when you go about ten deep..I think the club wants him captaining Laval.
— Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) September 16, 2020
Marc Bergevin repeats that he never has too many defenders. Still, Ouellet seems to have become too much to Montreal. His short-term future is in Laval or elsewhere on the hockey planet.
It has not been bad during the last series, but if the CH really wants to reach the next step, it is not with Xavier Ouellet in the top six that he will succeed.
Ouellet played 12 games with the CH and 39 more with the Rocket in 2019-20.
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– Should the NHL consider holding more away games next season, in order to attract spectators?
Friedman on Writers Bloc makes a good point, NFL allowing fans at games in Jacksonville and KC and possibly the Premier League allowing a certain amount of fans in the stadium is different cause they are all outdoor stadiums. Perhaps not the best model for the NHL to follow?
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) September 15, 2020
– Kevin Bieksa is excellent in his new role. #Media
The rise of Kevin Bieksa, the breakout media star of the 2020 NHL playoff. Burke: “He’s very smart and very articulate and he’s got a great, irreverent delivery. He’s a star.” @Canucks @AnaheimDucks https://t.co/mfhcCwcNID
— lisa dillman (@reallisa) September 16, 2020
– The daughters of this Golden Knights player (Jon Merrill) were very happy to see their dad again.
— Jess Molina, MSW (@JesMolina) September 15, 2020
– This former member of the Montreal organization will continue his career in France.
Dragons de Rouen (LM) have signed forward Brock Trotter to a one-year contract.
The former Montreal Canadien had 14 goals and 46 assists in 51 games with HKM Zvolen last season. pic.twitter.com/zkiBDYPefN
– There will be college football (no spectators) in the United States this fall.
The Big Ten is expected to announce on Wednesday a return to football in October, sources confirmed to ESPN.
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 16, 2020
– Totally illogical! Meanwhile, players from civilian clubs compete against each other even if there are positive cases in the school of a player from the opposing team.