Montreal Canadiens players took part in a tough practice in Brossard on Friday morning, a day after losing to the Vegas Golden Knights 6-5.
However, it was not a punitive training session by Martin St-Louis, Renaud Lavoie clarified during his column on the show JiC.
“There are no more criminal procedures in the modern NHL,” he said. That doesn’t mean you can’t be demanding of your players. But ultimately, it’s the player who will control the effort in training.”
A TVA Sports reporter noted that on Friday morning in particular, several CH players decided to get their sweaters wet and give it their all.
“Brendan Gallagher is having a bit of a tough time,” Lavoie admitted. His penalties at the end of the game don’t make him good. Today his face was sweaty and you could see he was gasping for air. Cole Caufield, same thing. Juraj Slafkovsky too, as well as Tanner Pearson.
“So we had a good mix of veterans and young guys coming out on the ice and giving it their all.”
As for Caufield, his five-on-five statistics are impressive in terms of the quality of the difference in scoring opportunities.
“He’s part of the even power solution.”
For more details, watch Renaud Lavoie’s full column in the video above.