Two examples of good management

The Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning are perfect examples of how winning teams can be built into the current reality of the National Hockey League (NHL), namely through the draft. By doing so, they are showing how far Canadians still have to go before reaching that level.

It’s not complicated, all the key players for both teams have been drafted and developed within the organization.

In Denver, the avalanche did just that with Nathan McKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Cal Makar and Gabriel Landskog.

In Tampa, it’s the same: Stephen Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilievsky, etc., are the team’s picks.

Then a good general manager is able to add the missing items through transactions or signatures in the free agent market.

gentle comfort

On the other hand, you cannot build a winning team that will last over time if you do not raise your stars within your organization.

Last year, the Canadian went to the Stanley Cup Final with a team built primarily through transactions or signing contracts.

This year, he ranked 32 and last in the NHL.

We can’t say exactly that the squad includes a core of young players who were drafted by Canadians. At the moment, I only count Cole Caufield and Alexander Romanov in the ‘CH Drafted Key Players’ category.

It will soon be necessary to add to that the first option in the total, but it is still very weak.

Work just started for General Manager Kent Hughes.

new part

At least the first chapter of a new era appears to have been written on Thursday when Hughes swapped Shea Weber’s contract with the Vegas Golden Knights for striker Evgenii Dadonov.

In the end, the Canadian will have nothing to reproach himself for in managing to put his former captain now. On the other hand, we cannot say that it was mutual. Although he remained the captain, Webber always refused to speak with the media in Montreal and, by the way, with fans of hockey in Montreal.

I hope the “C” on his shirt is already unbuttoned and we’re about to give it to Nick Suzuki.

Now, only the cases of Carrie Price and Jeff Petrie were not settled before we could officially say that the Canadian is entering a new era.

Bravo to the missile

If he’s still far from the powers of the NHL, the Canadian still has something positive to eat. His school club, Laval Rocket, had a career in the playoffs and allowed Montreal hockey fans to experience the playoff fever despite it all.

I would like to congratulate their head coach, Jean-Francois Hall, who seems to have pressed all the right buttons to unite this team.

When you look at Rocket’s roster, there are very few players who are going to have a great career in the NHL.

This is also the job of the American hockey coach. You have to be able to unite players who are pressing for a place at the big club and veterans who know their chance will never come.

– Interview by Kevin Dobby

Echoes of Berge

Congratulations castles

The Shawinigan Cataractes won their first President’s Cup in their history, after their 53 years in existence. I would like to congratulate, first of all, the General Manager of the team, Martin Mundo, in his position since 2007. He has certainly had nothing but happy moments since he arrived at the office and you should be excited to stay for the long haul. Also congratulations to their coach, Daniel Reno, who got up after a hard loss in the final last year when he was at the helm of the Val d’Or Fours. And what about the young Maverick Burke, from whom I hear only good comments. I am very happy for Schwenigan and his fans. When I led the Draveurs de Trois-Rivières, Shawinigan was our biggest opponent. There was work when we encountered them! Honestly, our encounters prepared me for what lay ahead, with the Canadian-Scandinavian rivalry.

forget litang

Many still dream of seeing Christopher Letang in Montreal. For those, I would say forget it. In Pittsburgh, we seem to want to keep Letang and Evgeny Malkin with the penguins. Sidney Crosby will apparently have a chat with the two and persuade them to stay. After everything they’ve been through together, I think they’d want to end their career in black and yellow. General Manager Ron Hextal has publicly stated that he wants to keep the veterans, and from what we’ve heard, the Penguins want to settle Litang’s file before Malkin. This is a sign of gratitude to him.

Happy retirement, Peter

Pierre Bruno hosted his last show on Thursday night. I can only wish him the best of retirement. I have had the great privilege of working with him for several years and have always admired him for his exemplary professionalism. What a gentleman he is. I will always remember when I was leading the Nordiques team. Pierre with his son Charles came to the team’s locker room. The latter was a big fan of our team and took pictures with the players. In another context, I would also like to congratulate Martin Lafleur, son of Guy, for his participation in CHUM in order to continue his father’s work. He wants to continue participating in the community as Jay did and that’s to his credit.



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