Another nasty slap in the face of Quebec!

Another nasty slap in the face of Quebec City!

UPGRADE DAY

It's the hot topic in the National Hockey League. The new amphitheater of the Arizona Coyotes arouses mockery, disbelief and misunderstanding. They may say it's temporary, it's a pity. A real prank! If only that.

It's another resounding slap in the face of Quebec City, which has had a superb amphitheater that meets National League standards since 2015. 

Do you think Gary Bettman would have agreed to a 2.0 version of the Nordiques moving into the Youth Pavilion until the construction of the Videotron Center was completed?

Don't think so.

Look at the locker rooms of the team. They may say it's temporary, it's a pity.

Nothing to understand

My hairs stand on end when I hear Bettman say the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames need new arenas. It's funny, you never hear him say that about American teams.

Everyone knows that the Senators should play in downtown Ottawa and that the home of the Flames is the second oldest in the NHL after Madison Square Garden in New York, which has undergone a facelift involving hundreds of millions of investments in recent years. 

These two teams still don't evolve in barns.

Bettman's stubbornness to keep the Coyotes alive only reinforces the view that he doesn't give a damn about the Canadian markets.

Trotz in Toronto soon?

Is Barry Trotz's vacation already coming to an end?

This week, the career coach said he was intrigued by the idea of lead one of the original six NHL teams.

Five of them, the Canadiens, Bruins, Red Wings, Blackhawks and Rangers have coaches who have been in place for less than two years.

Remain the Maple Leafs, who continue to disappoint at the start of the season. As an old expression goes, Sheldon Keefe must feel the floor moving under his feet.

In his defense, it must be said that the Leafs are poorly built and overvalued. Their general manager Kyle Dubas also has a knife to his throat.

Returning to the game after an injury, Juraj Slafkovsky scored his second goal of the season, thanks to a powerful shot, on the power play.

Hiring an experienced coach like Trotz, who led the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup four years ago, could bail him out.

Trotz also has interest in the New York market, he who has managed the Islanders for the past four years.

What a gun, this Kessel!

Who says that a hockey player must stay in top form to play 17 years in the NHL?

With this in mind, no one would have ever thought that Phil Kessel would become the new record holder for the most consecutive games played in the biggest hockey league in the world.

We cannot ignore the tour du hat from Christian Dvorak yesterday. He hadn't found the back of the net since the start of the season.

Kessel is a Babe Ruth emulator when it comes to his eating habits. He gorges himself on hot dogs and junk food that are not supposed to appear on the menu of a top athlete. 

His former teammate Blake Wheeler, with whom he played at the University of Minnesota, then with the Bruins, said this week that he had never seen him drink water in time. Kessel didn't like the taste of water and drank only blue Gatorade.

Both players found themselves with the Olympic team again at the 2014 Games in Sochi. Wheeler remembers seeing Kessel's room flooded with small empty candy boxes and candy wrappers on the floor.

Still, Kessel has two Stanley Cup rings, which he won with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017.  

When we talk about an atypical hockey player!

Kotkaniemi: far from Béliveau!< /p>

Jesperi Kotkaniemi is only 22 years old, but as it is, hope is seriously dwindling in his case. 

Like many observers, the great Scotty Bowman saw great potential in him on his debut with the Canadiens, in an interview with brother Dave Stubbs. 

“ I saw Jean Béliveau in Victoriaville when he was 16, Bowman said.

Jordan Binnington didn't have a strong night, making just 18 of the 24 pucks he faced.

   No one compares to him, but at 18, Kotkaniemi has a lot of Beliveau attributes in his game.  

Bowman added that he saw Kotkaniemi in the number one center for the Habs around the age of 22.

The rest of the story is known.

The Carolina Hurricanes stole the Finn from the Habs by submitting a hostile offer worth 6.1 million for one year. This year, they didn't hesitate to offer him an eight-year contract worth 38.56 million.

But KK is still neutral.

If that doesn't change, Kotkaniemi will become the biggest flop of the Canadiens' first draft picks.

And we know there are many of them!