Joel Armia, the man of few words

Joel Armia, the man of few words


ST. LOUIS | Joel Armia will never be the most talkative of athletes. He could have been a star player at Make me a picture or MiMéMo .

Monday, after training with the Canadiens, he summed up, in barely 75 seconds, the joy he had at returning to training, his impressions of the Habs' start to the season and his appreciation of Juraj Slafkovsky's game.

“It was nice to come back to the game on Saturday,” said Armia, refusing to lift the veil on the injury that has forced him into inactivity since the start of the campaign.

A shot from Norris

According to some video footage, he was injured when he received an accidental stick from Josh Norris during the October 4 preseason game at the Bell Center against the Senators.

So it's been since the gateway that he attended the Habs' first eight games. A start to the season to which the Habs added a victory on Saturday, bringing their record to 5-4-0.

Let's say that no one expected this kind of start. Except the main actors, including Armia, of course.

“It doesn't surprise me at all, because we have a good team,” Armia said. I love everything about this team. It's a good group of players. There are hard-working, skilful players. A bit of everything. »

A gradual return

And Slafkovsky?

« It's a very good player. »

For this return to the game, the great Finn walked the ice for 17 min 7 s. He got a presence on one of the Blues' two power plays, finding himself on the ice for Jordan Kyrou's second goal of the night.

We can talk about a gradual return after all successful for the 29-year-old striker.

“I really liked his first match. Army is a guy with a big frame and several skills. You can trust him, said Martin St-Louis. In addition, he almost scored a goal in the third period.  »

Joel Edmundson was still at his post, decked out in a navy blue jersey shielding him from any contact. No more details have been circulated on the state of health of the defender, injured in the lower back since the very beginning of training camp.