Canadian: seven disappointments – TVA Sports

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

Out of a Stanley Cup finalist team, the Canadiens have cleaned up with the sacking of Dominique Ducharme, Marc Bergevin and Trevor Timmins.

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

1. Dominique Ducharme

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On July 13, Dominique Ducharme signed a three-year, $5.1 million contract extension. He received an award for his participation in the Stanley Cup final. But there is never an eternal honeymoon. Ducharme learned this the hard way. He turned into a sacrificial lamb for the team’s terrible start to the season (8-30-7). He lost his job less than seven months after his new deal. It was only in the second game of the season that we could already feel some discomfort. After a 5-1 defeat to the Sabers on October 14 in Buffalo, Ducharme had tried to whip his players.

“They have been told for three months that they are beautiful and extraordinary. At some point, it’s like telling your child not to put your hand on the stove. He must try. He eventually puts it on. I think they felt it. †

In the end, it was Ducharme who put his hand on the stove on February 9 when he was sacked after a 7-1 loss to the Devils.

2. Marc Bergevin

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There was Geoff Molson’s silence. There was a general manager who remained vague about his future. It was a magic potion for a change. The cleanup took place on November 28. Molson showed Bergevin, Trevor Timmins and Paul Wilson the way out.

In his tenth season as chairman of DG, Bergevin ended up in an ejection seat. And the owner chose to push the button. If he generally had a good flair for closing a deal, the former defender missed the boat by not offering Phillip Danault a contract. He had chosen the hard line with central Quebec as he had done with Andreï Markov and Alexander Radulov.

3. Jeff Petry

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Petry had big skates to put on. With the loss of Shea Weber and the absence of Joel Edmundson for the early months of the season, the American inherited the role of the team’s number one defender. From a 40-point metronome per season, Petry has turned into a messy defender in his own territory, prone to many turnovers and attacking without any confidence.

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

“We don’t play as a team, we don’t play as a group. It’s like looking for where our teammates end up. It seems there is no structure on the ice.”

Under Martin St-Louis, Petry came to his senses and even said he would be open to returning to Montreal after asking Kent Hughes to trade him. Off the ice, he covered the departure of his wife and children to Michigan. Julie Petry wanted to escape health restrictions related to COVID.

4. Shea Weber

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Physically, Weber no longer had the strength to continue his career. In the seconds after the elimination in the final against the Lightning, the mountain man had received warm hugs from his teammates. He closed a long chapter in his fine career.

Marc Bergevin believed the captain’s legacy would be great enough to endure despite his departure. Weber had passed the torch to his teammates. But the flame was never lit. There was no real leader in this team. Retired everywhere but on the books, Weber is a long way from the Habs entourage except for quick visits to Vancouver and Seattle and a stay in Montreal in November.

5. Carey Prize:

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Price showed courage to return to the competition in April. He again showed his strength by chasing his demons in October by enrolling in the NHL and AJLNH’s outreach program to fight an addiction problem.

Having surgery on a knee a few weeks after the painful loss in five games to the Lightning in the final, Price believed he had finally cleared his mind by donning the leggings for the first time on April 15. But after four starts in nine days, he was absent for two games. There were still doubts about his health and his future in the NHL. But he found a way to end the year with a first win against the Panthers.

6. The New: Hoffman-Dvorak

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Mike Hoffman was on a mission to animate the game in numerical superiority. He thought he was capable of becoming a 30 goalscorer again. He didn’t revolutionize the mass attack and he didn’t score 30 goals. But he remained an unreliable winger in his own territory. With a salary of $4.5 million through 2023-2024, number 68 is not a good investment.

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There were also expectations for Christian Dvorak. He landed in Montreal in the wake of the Hurricanes’ hostile offer to Jesperi Kotkaniemi. He was also under pressure to replace Danault. Dvorak, a former Coyotes player, never got off the ground with his new team. In a decent team, he could act as a fairly reliable third center.

7. Two Veterans

Like Price, Jonathan Drouin won an important fight. He had the power to talk about his mental health issues, especially performance anxiety. He rejoined the team from the early days of the camp. On the ice, Drouin played only 36 games. In March he had surgery on his wrist.

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

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