Habs Notebook - September 17, 2009
Guillaume takes advantage
Last season, Guillaume Latendresse saw some action on the Habs’ power play every once in a while. This year, the big No. 84 is looking to spend a lot more time on the ice with the man advantage.
“My goal, no matter what line I’m playing on, is to establish myself as a regular on the power play. Last year, I was on the power play for one game in every six or so. I want to be out there more often and I’m planning to use my size to my advantage and plant myself in front of the net.”
After Thursday’s morning skate, cohesion was on the mind of defenseman Josh Gorges. Like the rest of his teammates, the young veteran was excited to see the bonding happening – on and off the ice.
“There have been a lot of changes and for sure those are going to take some time to get used to. But when I look around the room, there are guys who have done great things; players who have won before and a bunch of great guys. With teammates like that, it’s easy to have good chemistry.”
Ready to rumble
After a few days of going toe-to-toe with his own teammates at training camp, Maxim Lapierre is more than eager to sink his teeth into some real opponents.
“We’ve worked extremely hard the last couple of days and now it’s time to finally play a real game against an actual team,” confessed Lapierre. “Intrasquad games are a little weird for all of us. There is no real system and everyone is trying too hard to stand out and make an impression. I think we are all going to feel a lot better in an actual game situation. I can’t wait.”
In addition to tonight’s game marking his first behind the Habs’ bench, Jacques Martin will not be lacking in the motivation department, set to face his former team. Martin still managed to find time to dish out some props to a few familiar faces.
“[Florida media] are people who worked very hard and I appreciate all that they did,” admitted Martin before tackling what lies ahead tonight for his charges. “The preseason is a good way to get our veterans ready for when the season kicks off on October 1. For the younger players, this is a great chance to show what point they’ve reached in their development.
“These games also give a coach a chance to introduce new concepts and strategies while laying down the framework for a winning team,” concluded Martin.
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis and Manny Almela.
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