Claude Provost has won nine Stanley Cups. He is the only human being on the planet, including owners, managers and players, to have won nine cups without making it into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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However, it took Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe to pay tribute to him by highlighting his defensive work against them, for their glory to spill a little on him.
Guy Carbonneau was a formidable player, an outstanding scorer with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens and a brilliant center player during the face-offs. It was when Mario Lemieux and Peter Stastny praised his merits that the general public really learned. to enjoy his nasty and courageous game.
Here is that Nathan MacKinnon makes the glory of Phillip Danault. The one many connoisseurs across the National League consider to be the best forward on the tour says it’s going to be a deliverance not to face Phillip Danault this season. He even added that Danault is very underrated and that he hopes he will win the Selke Trophy soon.
Hull who praised Provost.
Stastny and Lemieux who boasted Carbo.
MacKinnon who praises Danault.
Damn good company!
THE CONSECRATION OF MACKINNON
I respect the good work done by Marc Bergevin during the fall and winter. The special circumstances caused by the COVID pandemic have allowed him to revamp his team. He did it with skill and efficiency.
But what Nathan MacKinnon has just said about Phillip Danault’s high-end game reminds us that the young man is completing the last year of his contract with the Canadiens. Ahead of the season, Bergevin took care of his new acquisitions, making sure they would make him look good. It’s perfect, that’s the business. These are human relationships.
But the Canadiens’ start to the season reminds us of how important Phillip Danault is to the Canadiens. He was often forced to play the role of the team’s first center. It is as if Guy Carbonneau had been asked to take care of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Peter Stastny while pivoting the main trio of the Canadian in attack.
In recent seasons, because of the abysmal mediocrity of the Canadian, Danault has given everything to fill an impossible role. With the arrival of youngsters Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi at the center position, Danault will be able to excel at what he does best. Being a center player responsible for watching over the opposing best cross and being very good at all aspects of the game.
PLAY THE FROG ON DUTY
The puck is now on the Bergevin palette. I will never believe for a single second that the Canadiens general manager is ready to let go of a player and a man like Phillip Danault.
If he has problems to justify in petto the salary demanded by Danault and his agent, which Marc Bergevin adds a million per year to compensate for the role of frog service that Danault is forced to play night after night to save the illusion of French in the Canadian.
It’s simple. There are no more French-speaking players left with the Habs or as they were called, the Flying Frenchmen. Danault is used in all sauces. Express interviews after the games, especially the losses, while the others push cameras to the various appearances for the public relations of the Canadiens, it pays.
The situation is very simple. Basically, the Canadian payroll must respect the priorities of the CEO. It will always be his excuse.
So let the general manager put his priorities in the right place.
Thank you very much, we are waiting for the press conference.
IN THE CALEPIN
Donald Trump therefore left the White House in chaos. Joe Biden is sure to be a transitional president. He should devote the four years of his presidency to preparing for a handover to a new generation. The current political class has reached its limits.
With the departure of Trump, I therefore lose the only president with whom I will have had any semblance of conversation. It was in 1988 in Atlantic City for the fight between Michael Spinks and Mike Tyson. It was at the Trump Casino. The boss had come for a walk in the press center. Hearing French, he learned about who we were, a colleague and me.
” Oh ! From Montreal ! Your journal must be really very important to have delegated you to this biggest fight in history? “
Important? I almost believed it …