Several players have been criticized after refusing to wear them → https://t.co/nxwxBIpq0t
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 22, 2023
For the Habs, Denis Gurianov, the club’s only Russian player at the time, was the only player not to wear the jersey at the party organized by the Habs.
In my opinion, there’s a difference between Russians who refuse to wear the jersey for political reasons (and for fear of reprisals) and a North American player who makes the same decision.
But the debate no longer exists, since the NHL’s decision is final.
The decision was handed down a few weeks ago, but Québec Solidaire’s Manon Massé brought the subject back to the forefront last night on Twitter. And how did she do that? By calling out the Canadiens and the NHL.
I’m asking the NHL to change their decision and the Montreal Canadiens to maintain this practice. If players don’t want to wear it, let them warm the bench, because excluding LGBTQIA+ people from sports means putting them on the bench of exclusion.https://t.co/KomnZJ2pQq
– Manon Massé (@ManonMasse_Qs) July 4, 2023
What’s important to know is that the Habs alone can’t opt out of the practice for the 2023-2024 season: the decision was made at the NHL level.
Let’s not forget that there are many rumours that the sovereignist side of certain Quebecers scares Gary Bettman’s NHL. I’m talking primarily about Pierre-Karl Péladeau here, but to return to the subject of the text, it should be remembered that QS is also a sovereignist.
That won’t help Bettman listen to a message (that of pride) that he doesn’t want to hear at the grassroots level. And since he (and not the CH) is in charge…
Let’s not forget that Pride nights are not entirely cancelled in the NHL, and there will still be moments to honor the community. That said, the strongest symbol (seeing players warm up with Pride jerseys on the ice) has been removed.
– It’s now official: David Reinbacher has a contract.
David Reinbacher #GoHabsGo
3 year ELC
$950k cap hit & $2.117M AAV
Yr 1&2: 855k + 95k SB + 1M type ‘A’ PB
Yr3: 855k + 95k SB + 1M type ‘A’ PB + 500k type ‘B’ PB
European Assignment Clause in Yrs 1&2
Rep’d by Maloney & Thompson Sports Mngmthttps://t.co/bkMW4EAolH
– CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 5, 2023
– Too bad for the Olympics.
The @NHLFlyers plan is to have Alexis Gendron play in the American Hockey League, Daniel Brière tells us. This means that a contract is approaching and the chances of seeing him again with the @OlympiquesGAT are very slim.
– Yanick St-Denis (@StDenis1047) July 5, 2023
Anthony Rendon was also injured yesterday.
At least he and Ohtani seem to have avoided the worst. https://t.co/YYfEVPSqCr
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 5, 2023
– Ethan Gauthier is happy to be with the Lightning. [BPM Sports]
Patty Marleau with the seamless transition from player to coach. 👌 https://t.co/9m3oNoXM0c
– BarDown (@BarDown) July 5, 2023