The Canadian: Seven disappointments – TVA Sports

There were many candidates for disappointments in the 2021-2022 season. You have to look at the top of the pyramid to identify the culprits.

From a team that reached the Stanley Cup Final, the Canadians cleared things up by sacking Dominique Ducharme, Marc Bergévin and Trevor Timmins.

For the first time in its history, at least since the expansion period, CH finished last in the NHL.

1. Dominique Ducharme

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On July 13, Dominique Ducharme signed a three-year contract worth $5.1 million. He received an award for his participation in the Stanley Cup Final. But there is no eternal honeymoon. Ducharme learned the hard way. He turned into a sacrificed lamb for the team’s terrible start to the season (8-30-7). He lost his job less than seven months after his new approval. Only in the second game of the season did we feel some discomfort. After losing 5-1 to the Sabers on October 14 in Buffalo, Ducharme attempted to whip his players.

“They were told three months ago that they were beautiful and unusual. At some point, it’s like when you tell your child not to put your hand on the stove. They should try it. They ended up putting it on. I think they felt it.”

It was Ducharme who finally got his hand on the stove on February 9 when he was sent off after a 7-1 loss against the Devils.

2. Mark Bergiveen

Montreal Canadiens Conference

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Jeff Molson was silent. There was a general manager who remained vague about his future. It was a magic potion for change. The invasion took place on November 28. Molson pointed the way to Bergvin, Trevor Timmins, and Paul Wilson.

In his tenth season on the DG chair, Bergevin found himself on an ejection seat. The owner chose to push the button. If he generally has a good penchant for a deal, the former defender missed the boat by not offering a contract to Philippe Danault. He chose the hard line with the Quebec center as he did with Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov at the time.

3. Jeff Petrie

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Petrie had a large skate shoe to wear. With Shea Webber losing and Joel Edmondson absent in the early months of the season, the American inherited the role of number one defender for the team. From the accelerator at 40 points a season, Petrie has turned into a messy defender in his area, prone to many transformations and without any offensive confidence.

No. 26 made no secret of his frustration with Ducharme minutes after the 5-2 loss to the Penguins on December 14 in Pittsburgh.

“We do not play as a team, we do not play as a group. It is as if we are looking for where our teammates end up. It seems that there is no structure on the ice.”

Under Martin St. Louis, Petrie came to his senses, even saying he would be open to returning to Montreal after asking Kent Hughes to trade him. Off the ice, he dealt with the departure of his wife and children to Michigan. Julie Petrie was looking to escape COVID-related health restrictions.

4- Shea Weber

Webber vs. Litang Duel

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Physically, Webber no longer had the strength to pursue his career. In the seconds after the final elimination against Lightning, the mountain man received a warm hug from his teammates. He was ending a long chapter of his brilliant career.

Mark Bergevin believes that the captain’s legacy will be great enough to carry on despite his passing. Webber passed the torch to his teammates. But the flame was never lit. There was no real leader in this team. Retired everywhere but books, Weber has stayed away from Habs’ entourage except for quick visits to Vancouver and Seattle and a stint in Montreal in November.

5. Carry price

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Price showed the courage to get back into the game in April. He once again demonstrated his strength by stalking his demons in October by enrolling in the NHL and AJLNH Assistance Program for Combating Substance Abuse Problems.

Price underwent surgery on his knee just weeks after his agonizing five-game loss in the final against Lightning, and Price believes he has finally dispelled the doubts in his mind by putting on leggings for the first time on April 15. But after four matches in nine days, he missed two matches. Doubts remain about his health and future in the NHL. But he found a way to end the year with his first victory over the Panthers.

6. New: Hoffmann Dvorak

Senator vs Canadians

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Mike Hoffman had the task of revitalizing the game in numerical supremacy. He believed that he could become a top scorer with 30 goals again. He did not revolutionize the massive attack and did not score 30 goals. But he remained an unreliable ward in his region. With a salary of $4.5 million through 2023-2024, number 68 is not a good investment.

The stars vs the Canadians

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There were also predictions for Christian Dvorak. He landed in Montreal in the wake of the hostile Hurricane Show of Gisbury Kotaniemi. He was also pressured to replace Danault. Dvorak, a former Coyotes player, did not launch with his new team. In a decent team, he can act as a fairly reliable third.

7. Two veterans

Like Price, Jonathan Drouin won an important battle. He had the strength to talk about his mental health issues, especially performance anxiety. He’s been back on the team since the early days of camp. On the ice, Darwin played only 36 matches. He underwent surgery on his wrist in March.

In the first year of a whopping $6.5 million six-year contract, Brendan Gallagher also had a season to forget. He scored only 7 goals in 56 matches.

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