With his wife about to give birth, the family doesn’t know where they stand → https://t.co/tuWef2J67R
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 13, 2023
Since the Habs’ management arrived in Montreal, we’ve sensed that the customer experience for Habs players is important. Jeff Gorton, Kent Hughes and even Martin St-Louis want to please the players.
The coach, for example, has often defended his guys publicly. Whether it’s Jonathan Drouin, Mike Hoffman, Evgenii Dadonov or even Jeff Petry, the coach is often seen avoiding throwing his guys under the bus.
The same goes for Kent Hughes. The GM seems to be very attentive to the players’ needs and requests. Jeff Petry, Rem Pitlick and Ryan Poehling, for example, have all had their requests to leave the Habs granted.
You can clearly feel Kent Hughes’ touch as a former agent in all this. The CH GM knows that Montreal is not a perfect destination because of the “Canada factor”, which includes pressure, taxes, language, temperature and so on.
That said, right now, there are two Habs players who aren’t comfortable: Jeff Petry and Casey DeSmith.
The two men, who were acquired by the Habs eight days ago, are still in the shadows. They haven’t spoken to the media, and we don’t know what’s in store for them. This even creates anxiety in the goaltender, which I’m sure is not what the CH wants.
I don’t think this is what Kent Hughes was hoping for, since right now in the field hockey world there’s more and more speculation about what’s going on with the two players.
After all, it’s impossible for Jeff Petry to be happier than DeSmith right now.
That’s the risk of writing about DeSmith and Petry over the past week, to be honest.
But you have to admit that right now, with the players unsure of where they stand and the Habs taking longer than expected to settle, you have to wonder what’s going on.
And if they’re in the club’s camp, the word is going to get out on the other side. There’s still time to keep it that way, but…
Kaiden Guhle doesn’t seem to believe in Petry’s real return to the team. And he’s going to miss Joel Edmundson… → https://t.co/r92OqGQgU5
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 12, 2023
The DeSmith family is anxious because the goalie’s wife is due to give birth. She doesn’t know where her family will live in the next few weeks because of the state of the CH contract.
And I don’t think the Petry family is any happier about belonging to the Habs right now. But remember, if need be, Jeff Petry will head for Quebec again.
Did the CH misjudge the market for guys? I don’t know. But right now, we’re talking about two families on hold who aren’t saying anything – even on social networks.
I’m not saying that Kent Hughes should take the first offer he gets – on the contrary. That said, it’s still worth bearing in mind that the guys aren’t comfortable… which is (really) not the way things are done around here.
– He’s not mad at the CH.
The CH’s former management held this prospect in high esteem, but injuries derailed his development.
Should we have opted for surgery in the summer of 2022? That’s easy to say in retrospect. Let’s get to the bottom of this, once and for all. https://t.co/1tk2vgVHP7
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) August 14, 2023
– He deserves to retire, too.
David Krejci announces his retirement https://t.co/T8DqaAUqFt
– Sébastien Goulet (@SebGouletTVAS) August 14, 2023
This sounds the death knell for 2023 and a head must roll. https://t.co/V1APeDRvVZ
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) August 14, 2023
– Two tennis matches (including the final) on the same day is a no-no. [JdeM]
– RDS (@RDSca) August 14, 2023