Jean-Sebastien Dea has been a MLS player since his professional debut. In nine seasons, he towed his pocket of equipment in seven American cities. He played 33 National League games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, and Buffalo Sabers.
At 28, his track record compares to that of Matteo Darci at the same age. He’s living his career to the fullest while keeping hope that a National League team will someday draw his number.
This season, the Canadian welcomed him into his organization. It was his desire to play for the big club.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work. However, by following Laval’s direction, he found himself in a city he knew like the back of his hand. He spent his childhood and early teen years there before playing on South Beach with River France at Charles Lemoyne College, in what was then called the Midget AAA League.
He then left for Abetepe where he played three seasons with Rouen Noranda’s Huskies of the Quebec Junior League. Then learn about American culture in small towns.
The good truth to tell
Yesterday, during our end-of-season review of Rocket, he came to tell us a truth lost in time in the Canadian universe.
It was about the great representation of Quebec City inside the rocket.
“Al-Kindi should take an example from that,” he said.
“With a gang of Quebecers representing Canadians, there has never been an evening where men have not wanted to play with pride and honor.”
Dia is not finished.
In conclusion, he said: “In the past, they were victorious [en parlant des joueurs du Canadien de cette époque]There were a lot of Quebecers. Is this a coincidence? I don’t believe in that. It is very special. »
Affiliation goes a long way
Fans who disagree with this theory can’t blame bad reporters this time around. These comments come from a player with us.
I do not think I am wrong in saying that there are many former members of the organization who share these observations with us. It is not only Serge Savard who has always been the defender of Quebec’s talent. The idea is not to favor home-based players at the expense of more talented players.
This was not the case anyway.
We love Cole Caufield as much as we love Saku Koivu.
But what is the difference between players who have drafted from the third, fourth or fifth round?
When Rocket coach Jean-Francois Houle took the podium yesterday, he said the presence of so many Quebec players in his squad may have allowed them to go further in the playoffs than people had expected.
No doubt. Fans rallied behind their team at Place Bell. The atmosphere was charged.
Less easy in the NHL
However, Hall was mixed when I asked him what he thought of Dee’s comments regarding Kennedy.
According to him, it is easier to hire kickers in the American League than in the National League.
This is true when it comes to the best players. But when we talk about the average number of players drafted in the later rounds, what’s the difference between a Quebec player and a Timbuktu player?
A sense of belonging can tip the balance.
Hopefully Dea’s comments won’t cost him a new contract with the organization and Kent Hughes has noted that.
For years, Canadian leaders have claimed to attach great importance to Quebec players, but those are just words.
There is no tangible.
QMJHL does not appear on the GPS of the organization’s recruits.
It needs to change.
Will there be others?
Kent Hughes managed to conclude the first transaction that allowed him to reduce his salary. But very little so far. According to Capfri Friendly.com, the Canadian now has more than 1.9 million wiggle room under the salary cap.
That amount could increase to more than 12 million if Carrie Price is unable to play next season.
Unless his knee condition improves, one would think he would want to give himself a chance to take part in bootcamp.
Anderson in the market?
Of all his teammates with heavy contracts, Josh Anderson is the one least inclined to let go. I would like to see him score more goals, but he goes into the net and brings a physical dimension that the Canadian cannot do without.
Perhaps that is why his name was the subject of trade rumors. Anderson is only 28 years old.
But is there a demand for Brendan Gallagher, Jeff Petrie, Mike Hoffman, Joel Jeremiah or Paul Byron?
The general manager of Canadiens noted that the volume of calls he was receiving was higher this week.
Gone Shea Weber, the Habs find themselves officially without a leader. The campaign to appoint his successor has already begun.
My senior colleague Jonathan Bernier names Nick Suzuki, Joel Edmondson, Gallagher and Anderson.
I have a question: Is choosing a captain really necessary for the team in the reconstruction?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been waiting to choose between John Tavares and Auston Matthews. Senators in Ottawa did the same with Brady Tkachuk. The New York Rangers have been without a leader since they traded Ryan McDonagh four years ago.
Suzuki is the logical candidate for the Canadian, but given that he begins a contract extension next season, that could put a lot on his shoulders.
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