In an interview with @DenikSport, Radko Gudas said that he received offers from CGY & EDM & TOR. But he didn’t want to play in Canada, especially in Toronto. He said the media pressure in the playoffs was crazy. He felt it even though he only played for Florida & not Toronto.
– Andy & Rono (@ARHockeyStats) August 2, 2023
Radko Gudas is one tough son of a bitch. The defender is one of the league’s best physical players, delivering some pretty violent shoulder blows to his opponents.
He stays within the law quite often, but it’s close to the limit from time to time. Talk to Kirby Dach and Kaiden Guhle.
However, Gudas revealed to Denik Sport (a Czech media outlet) that many Canadian clubs were interested in him, but that he never considered signing in Canada for one simple reason: in his eyes, the pressure is “crazy” in these markets, especially in the playoffs.
Gudas claims that the Flames, Oilers and Maple Leafs all made offers, so there was no shortage of interest from Canadian teams. A market like Anaheim, where there’s much less pressure, was a better fit.
And in fact, it’s a reminder that the NHL is the only league where the guys fear the pressure so much. In the NBA and MLB, for example, markets like New York and Los Angeles are prized by the various autonomous players, but in field hockey, guys prefer to go to quieter markets.
It’s special, we agree.
And beyond the pressure, there’s also the cold and the taxes, which are often reasons why guys prefer to go elsewhere. But in Gudas’ case, you can really feel that it’s the reality of the market and the pressure that comes with it that has prompted him to look elsewhere, even though he’s never experienced it directly as a member of a Canadian team.
Pretty special though, isn’t it?
– Alex Newhook’s first day with the CH.
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) August 2, 2023
– Habs Fan TV (@HabsFanTV_) August 2, 2023
– Good question.
Most points this season from a 2020 draft pick:
90 – Tim Stutzle
56 – Dawson Mercer
45 – Lucas Raymond
39 – Alexis Lafreniere
39 – Seth Jarvis
Top ____ in a 2020 redraft? pic.twitter.com/Z5gYgyCnXr
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) August 2, 2023
– Well done.
Hlinka Gretzky Cup | Canada whitewashes Switzerland 5-0 https://t.co/ed7qluqJxA
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) August 2, 2023
– Too bad.