The importance of quarterback

We talk a lot about the goalkeeper problem at Edmonton Oilers, but to me, that’s not their main flaw. By analyzing the four surviving teams in the NHL, they are the only ones who don’t have a true defensive general.

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The Colorado Avalanche has Cal Macar, the New York Rangers have Adam Fox, and of course the Tampa Bay Lightning has Victor Hedman.

As far as I remember, every club that won the Stanley Cup had a quarterback, a defensive man capable of swaying in all three areas while playing for at least 25 minutes per game.

More recently, Drew Doughty has had that influence with the Los Angeles Kings, as did Christopher Letang in Pittsburgh and Hedman in the last two Lightning forays.

Victor Hedman

Before that, there was Niklas Liedstrom with the Detroit Red Wings, Dennis Botvin of the New York Islanders, Bobby Orr with the Boston Bruins or even the Montreal “Big Three”, made up of Serge Savard, Larry Robinson and Guy Lapointe.

fox like wood

I love Adam Fox’s work with the Rangers. It reminds me of Brian Leach, who had the good fortune of managing in 1988-89, the season in which he won the Calder Cup as Rookie of the Year.

Fox, like Leech, is a defender who can play 25 minutes with ease, but he’s not the type to physically stand up to opposing attackers. It doesn’t need to. He is very good with his wand and manages to take his man out of the game, not with a hard check, but with his wit and unparalleled reading of the game.

Adam Fox

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Adam Fox

This is what Edmonton lacks. Sure, their solid play still works well thanks to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but it would be even more devastating with a true master on board.


Speaking of McDavid, Avalanche decided to pit him against Cale Makar and the strategy worked in Game 2 Thursday night.

The Colorado defensive man has the pace to keep up with the No. 97 Oilers and he did well on Thursday, like the team in general, to lock down Edmonton and lead 2-0 in the series.

The avalanche has made the necessary adjustments so far and that is the reason for their leadership. But this series is not over yet.

I can’t wait to see the atmosphere in Edmonton for Matches 3 and 4. Remember that the franchise hasn’t reached the semi-finals since 2006 and there’s no doubt the fans will unleash it. I don’t believe in scanning from an avalanche. Not against a team that has McDavid and Draisaitl.

Failed bet?

Plus, I’m not sure it was the best move on Jay Woodcroft’s part to separate the two stars in Game Two. McDavid and Drysittel have had a lot of success since the start of playoffs with Evander Kane and I was frustrated at Drysittel. The second match against avalanche.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they get back together tonight. The Oilers need their offensive guards healthy and happy.

– Interview by Kevin Dobby

Echoes of Berge

Patrick’s reflection

Patrick Roy surprised everyone a bit on Wednesday night when he mentioned that he would be giving himself time to think about his future with the Remparts. Clearly, last Wednesday’s loss to the Shawinigan Cataracts hurt him like never before. As his business partner Jack Tangway also mentioned, it has been an eventful year for Patrick, particularly with the process of being appointed as a General Manager by Canadians. I’m sure it shocked him not even being considered. Now, I wonder if he might be tempted to knock on the door of the few teams looking for a head coach in the NHL? Personally, I don’t think so. Patrick is a proud guy and he probably thinks that if the team was interested they would call him. In the end, he will make the decision that is best for him. Regardless, no one will be able to shake off the passion that has driven him for so many years.

Party’s over

It has been confirmed that Martin St. Louis will be the head coach of the Canadiens for the next three seasons. It is positive. This means that Martin is happy in Montreal and that he wants to continue the project. Now I think the party is over. Last year, he arrived in Montreal in order to create his chassis, to correct a few things. Now, I have a feeling we’ll see what opponent he was when he was a player. Youth and their development is something, but it requires victories. Stop telling me that the Canadian has to keep losing next year in order to have a chance to recruit Conor Bedard. It’s funny, but not all the people I know who say they are season ticket holders. They don’t spend a small fortune and weather every winter to cheer for their team, night after night. These people deserve victories.

refreshing trio

I love what I see from the youth trio with the New York Rangers, made up of Alexis Lavrenier, Kabo Kaku and Philip Chettle. I love that Gerard Gallant put them together and allowed them to express themselves. A lot of times we try to put a veteran together with the youngsters and get the impression that he’s more there to play the babysitter. In Lavrinier’s case, the season hasn’t been easy, but we’ve already seen progress in his game over the past few weeks. So much the better!

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