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Letters from Camp: Day 2

Tuesday, 08.09.2009 / 9:21 PM / News
canadiens.com
MONTREAL - While September may be unseasonably warm and sunny in Montreal this year, for Habs fans across the city, it couldn't feel more like hockey season. While the Canadiens’ rookies were on the ice for their second day of camp, new head coach Jacques Martin took some time out to chat with the media to get the ball rolling on 2009-10.
 
From one camp to the next
The Habs’ newest bench boss, Jacques Martin, hopped on the hot seat Tuesday afternoon to field a few questions about his rookie stars-in-waiting.
 
“When you look at the young guys here at the rookie camp, we can see that it’s almost like an extension of the development camp we held earlier in the summer. It’s a really great opportunity for these kids to prepare and be ready when training camp starts next week.”
 
While he was at it, Martin also took the opportunity to send some love Carey Price’s way. After heading west to visit Price a few weeks ago, Martin’s confidence in his No. 1 netminder is higher than ever.
 
“It’s important to get to know your athletes. This is an individual who has had a lot of success at a very young age. I wanted to get to know him better as a person. I wanted to get to know his family and his history and establish his needs and expectations. I’m really excited to work with him.”
 
Desjardins’ big plans 
While he would have every reason to, modest-sized goalie Cedrick Desjardins isn’t having an inferiority complex about his height quite yet. Even with fellow netminders Jason Missiaen and Petteri Simila standing at 6-foot-8 and 6-foot-6 respectively, Desjardins is still holding his head high after guarding the Bulldogs’ crease for 30 games last season.
 
“They might be taller than me, but I’m quick and in today’s game that’s what I think counts,” said the 6-foot, Desjardins. “Don’t get me wrong, if I could find a way to get taller and gain an extra two or three inches, believe me I would. A few of us young guys will stand out at this camp, I just hope to be one of them. This is a great way to get ready for the season. Having such great coaches with us for over 20 hours on the ice is always a good thing.”
 
Gaining momentum
After turning heads at the Habs Development Camp back in July, defenseman Mac Bennett is back for more. Drafted 79th overall by the Canadiens at this summer’s NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre, Bennett can certainly get used to being in Montreal on a more regular basis.
 
“When I headed back home to the States, I had no idea I’d be back in Montreal so soon. When I got the call from Trevor [Timmins] asking me to take part in this camp, I couldn’t say yes fast enough,” said Bennett, who is heading back to the USHL in the fall. “My goal by coming here is to get some exposure and show what I can do. I don’t really have any expectations though. By even just getting the chance to play at this level, I’ll be much better off when I get back to Cedar Rapids.”
 
PK unplugged 
Always one to keep things loose, the ever-smiling P.K. Subban was honest as always when talk turned to his goals for his third rookie camp.
 
“I’m just trying to improve every time out. I know I have some work to do regarding my play in my own zone,” admitted Subban, before cutting loose. “I’m pretty much focused on improving my attitude and looking as good as I can. If looking good means mixing it up by hitting a guy with my right instead of my left shoulder, I’ll do that!”

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis

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