(Quebec) “He can sign in Montreal! I did walk to the wing and I’d love to play with Anthony. If he took my place, I find myself another! “
David Desharnais will be making his seventh season in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens. The diminutive forward has always bounced back from his bad patches and is still, until further notice, the third center of the team.
But the surprise arrival of Antoine Vermette on the free agent market on Monday, when it is placed on waivers by the Arizona Coyotes, makes the center Quebec Veteran available to all other teams. Including Canada.
“I never thought Montreal was a bad option, in my case,” Vermette dropped Tuesday when we submitted the chance to don the holy flannel. “But I have no preference. It is still very early, it just happened, “said the striker, 34, revealed that some facilities had already shown their interest to his agent.
Vermette, Desharnais, Mark Barberio, also CH, Jonathan Marchessault and Cedrick Desjardins gathered to promote the friendly tournament Boot Camp, presented this weekend. They all live in Quebec City this summer.
“It’s really surprising to see Anthony be released like that,” acknowledged Desharnais. “Besides, this is the best guy on earth. This is where you tell yourself it’s really a business. It has more than 900 NHL games, he is the fittest guy I know and is also one of the best with young people. It’s really flat to see it, but I’m not stressed he will sign a new contract in the coming days. ”
Made aware of the good words of a friend Desharnais, Vermette has returned the favor. “David is very nice, David is a good guy and a good player. And you never know [in Montreal], we have no idea how it can end! ”
The pride of St. Agapit was smiling again, 24 hours after its completion unexpected waivers. The timing of the new Chief Coyotes John Chayka was more surprised that his release as such.
“With the new management, the move youth already begun and that the two best hopes of the team are central players [Dylan Strome and Christian Dvorak], I suspected that it was a matter of time was that there is a change in that direction. But I’d be lying if I said I expected that to happen on Monday. ”
The girls father of three years and one year enjoyed life in Phoenix, where he played four years. He confesses find difficult to digest, but is confident of finding another job in the NHL. Not for him to look at the side of the KHL, as did Maxime Talbot, another veteran Quebec. “It will not arrive. I will not play there, “Vermette slice.
More a possibility for Desjardins, also a free agent looking for a job. The former goalkeeper of the Remparts and the Océanic and founder of Boot Camp coming off two seasons cut short by injuries. Last winter, he played in only six games in the East Coast League. Europe represents an interesting avenue for him, but the porter positions it are scarce.