Mikael Backlund has a history of bringing the best out of his linemates. Not surprised to see him skating with Jonathan Huberdeau today in Montreal. https://t.co/bB2BZNQGnf
– Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) November 13, 2023
Jonathan Huberdeau had a bad first season in Calgary. We thought the shock of being traded from the Panthers to the Flames and playing for an old-school
modern coach had affected him last year…
But now, despite the change of coach, it’s clear that Huberdeau has lost his way. He was recently benched for the entire third period of a game, which is a strong gesture.
According to Gilbert Delorme, his lack of effort is to blame. But in reality, whatever the reason, it’s time for him to get up and get his act together.
At $10.5 million for nearly eight more years, he’s got to deliver the goods.
All this to say that this morning, during the Flames’ training session at the Bell Centre (the club will play the Habs on Tuesday night), the Quebecer skated on the third line.
Obviously, having a guy who earns so much money outside the top-6 isn’t exactly a plan the Flames had in mind. We can all agree with that.
He’s a veteran of over 900 NHL games (all in Calgary) and plays simple hockey, according to Jonathan Huberdeau.
I asked Huberdeau about playing with Backlund: “He’s a player who plays a simple game. I think, at this moment, that’s what I need. He plays well defensively, offensively. I thought we had some success last year. Also both him and Coleman are playing well… https://t.co/mqoNzWV6uc
– Julian McKenzie (@jkamckenzie) November 13, 2023
So it could be worse, but…
But Huberdeau still has to get the message. He’s no fool and he knows he has to give more, but a gesture like this is there to remind him of the importance of what comes next.
– Are the Maple Leafs on the right track to stay?
Sheldon Keefe’s optimism is starting to pay off: https://t.co/QDvJk4yntq
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) November 13, 2023
– When can we expect such a visit to Ottawa, instead of Washington?
– The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) November 13, 2023
– Hats off to the Alouettes defense. [BPM Sports]
– Speaking of football.
Sports betting sites have begun presenting their odds for the Grey Cup Final matchup. In most cases, Winnipeg is favored by 7.5. The money line is +270 for the @MTLAlouettes. And the total is set at 46.5. @CFL
– Jeremy Filosa (@JeremyFilosa) November 13, 2023
– What do you think?
As contract negotiations between Samuel Montembeault and the Tricolore reportedly move forward,@GeorgesLaraque, @stephgonzz and @TonyMarinaro make their prediction on the terms of the deal.https://t.co/F8jvyL89Li
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) November 13, 2023
– Against the CH, no less.
– Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 13, 2023