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Richard Labbé

I do not hate it. So let’s move on to the next point, if you want, and even if you don’t, we’ll do it anyway.

So here it is:

Guillaume Lefrançois

Do we have a musical interlude between points? If so, I suggest Customs officer Rousseau.

Richard Labbé

Last year at this time, the Canadians were four points behind than now. In your opinion, can we really talk about progression? I put the emphasis on “really”, that’s intentional.

Simon-Olivier Lorange

The players have progressed. But I’m not sure the team has progressed that much.

For me, the four points in the ranking are anecdotal. Four losses in regulation ended in overtime or penalties. The number of victories is the same (20), but the CH has signed one less in regulation time (11 instead of 12).

Guillaume Lefrançois

The team suffered fewer rinses than last year. In that sense, it seems like an indicator of progress. And four points in the middle of the season gives a difference of seven or eight points at the end of the season. Considering management didn’t do much to help St. Louis win right away, that’s not too bad either.

In fact, Alex Newhook was the main help for Jeff/Kent (or HuGo, a nickname I’ve been seeing lately and liked). But Newhook has spent the last few weeks in the health care system.

PHOTO DOMINICK GRAVEL, LA PRESSE ARCHIVES

Alex Newhook, injured, has not played since the end of November.

Richard Labbé

The trick here, which I see coming like John Scott once backed into a corner, is that management seems to be banking on Dach and Newhook’s injuries precisely to suggest the club is better than that. True, it hurt Dach, but Dach and Newhook for 82 games don’t mean a spot in detail, IMHO.

Guillaume Lefrançois

I very much agree with you about Newhook. With the role he played, a team should be able to bounce back from their loss. Dach, on the other hand, was older.

Richard Labbé

Guillaume, it seems I saw you write “major” only twice: there and also when Bret Hart was robbed at the Molson Center in 1997.

Guillaume Lefrançois

There was a lot of talk about the long injury list at the beginning of the season. But the bleeding stopped and, coincidentally, Suzuki, Caufield, Slafkovsky, Monahan, Evans and Matheson played every game.

And all three goalies stayed healthy.

And Gallagher would have played every match if he hadn’t had a brain cramp like the one Vince McMahon had when he decided to take Bret Hart’s championship belt without telling him first.

Simon-Olivier Lorange

The aspect that leaves me with the most doubts is the defensive game, in a broad sense, not just that of the defenders. It is quite unusual that a team of 26 yearsmy The general classification has two goalkeepers (Montembeault and Allen) among the best in the league with a 5 on 5.

Guillaume Lefrançois

Would you say that the Canadian is not the excellence of execution in defense?

Simon-Olivier Lorange

I would say yes.

Guillaume Lefrançois

Okay, I’ll stop with the Bret Hart references.

Richard Labbé

I had started.

Simon-Olivier Lorange

I didn’t see any of that happen.

And I won’t apologize for it.

Guillaume Lefrançois

Someday we will educate you.

Simon-Olivier Lorange

… or not.

Guillaume Lefrançois

But yes, a very valid point on defense. And the numerical disadvantage, which continues to languish in positions that begin with 2 and 3, without being 2 and 3.

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