Canadian: Petry and his future

There was this game against the Flyers. A 6-3 defeat. A seventh loss in a row. For the Canadian, it was another page in a bad story, an endless season.

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For many weeks, the CH has been talking about building for the future. Martin St-Louis sought to instill good values ​​in his players. We absolutely do not doubt his teaching, but he cannot transform an old coach into a gleaming race car by snapping his fingers.

St. Louis will need a lot of patience to reshape this team and he’ll be praying for key acquisitions or big deals from Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton.

After 33 games under the former glory Tampa Bay Lightning, the Habs now have a 12-17-4 record. It’s better than at the time of Dominique Ducharme, but it’s not great.

An opening

The real story of this game against the Flyers took place in a press conference, once there was no more puck on the ice.

Unhappy with his fate since the start of the season, Jeff Petry spoke about his future in Montreal. Number 26 did not rule out the option of a return with CH.

“Yes, there is a possibility,” he said. There are possibilities for everything. I am here, until I receive a contrary indication. I think my game is coming back. We don’t have the expected results as a team. But I find it more pleasant to be with this group. I like the way we play. »

At a salary of 6.25 million until the end of the 2024-2025 season, Petry is not exactly an easy piece to pull out of the puzzle for Hughes. The Habs could bet on a strong comeback from the American rather than dropping an asset without receiving anything good in exchange.

Petry once again had the courage to say that he was not happy with his season, especially the first few months, but he failed to identify a determining factor in his setbacks.

“There is not a direct thing. I got off to a bad start and started to think too much. I was losing confidence. For the past few years, I could move on. There, it became a spiral that I did not control. I felt physically and mentally more like before. I doubted myself, I no longer had confidence in myself and in my game.

Trust

St. Louis hit on the high point of confidence for Petry.

“He had one of his best games. You see the potential of this player. Maybe he needs to be in a better place mentally to have this kind of game more often. We are going to work on that with him to help him have this consistency. »

“Confidence is a big part of hockey. When you lose that, sometimes you don’t read the game the right way, there’s hesitation in your game. Hesitation is the legs and the brain. When you play with a lot of confidence, reading is easy and you always have your legs. When you lack confidence, it’s heavy and you become hesitant. »

What we noticed…

TOUGH DEFENSIVELY

Mike Hoffman never had a reputation as a master of the defensive game. It’s still the case this year and it will be the case again in the future. Hoffman scored his 12th goal of the season, but still finished with a -2 record. Christian Dvorak, Hoffman and Brendan Gallagher spent way too much time in their own territory against the Flyers.

YOUNG DEFENDERS

The Flyers are also looking to the future at the end of the season. For the visit to Montreal, Mike Yeo relied on three rookie defenders: Ronnie Attard, Egor Zamula and Linus Högberg. As a three, they had 16 NHL games prior to this meeting. Högberg, 23, was in his big league debut. Attard, a 3rd round pick in 2019, got a great pass on Travis Konecny’s goal in the second period.

CLAG: -3

Kale Clague returned to the game against the Flyers after a six-game purgatory on the press catwalk. Used on the left of Chris Wideman, Clague did not win the heart of Martin St-Louis. He finished the game with a -3 record, as did Wideman. If Clague and Wideman found ways to stay mired in their zone, Jeff Petry played a good game. He got an assist on Jake Evans’ goal, but most of all he generated plenty of scoring chances by going on the attack. Jordan Harris was not in uniform.

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