Experience as a value-added

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There were three players with a jersey brown to the training of the Canadian Tuesday : Nate Thompson, Nicolas Deslauriers and Dale Weise. Until further notice, here are the three members of the fourth trio of Canadian.

With the acquisition of Thompson (672 games) and Weise (481 games), the CH has added more than 1100 games of experience in the NHL.

With its release of training on the eve of the team’s departure for Nashville, Claude Julien has quickly identified this new component for its fourth unit.

“Identity evident in the fourth trio will be the experience, noted Julien. They have lived in. In the case of Thompson, it is a centre that is very useful for the circle put in play and in numerical inferiority. It is in the NHL for a long time. I’ve experienced its beginnings with the organization of the Bruins.

“In the case of Weise, the people know it well here, he continued. He has had his best seasons with the Canadian. Skating still good, it is good in failure before and it has experience. We also add a winger right-handed. It’s just solidify our fourth trio. “

Chaput in a tie

To make room for two rookies, the Habs placed the center Michael Chaput to the runoff. If he is not claimed, he will continue his season with the Rocket of Laval, in the american League.

If Chaput has lost its place with the big club, Matthew Peca and Charles Hudon are still hang in the roles of 13th and 14th forwards. But the return to health of Paul Byron, which won’t happen before next week, HP will release a other place.

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Easy decision

Before packing his bags for Montreal, Thompson has agreed to amend its covenant not to trade. He had a list of 10 teams with which he could not be involved in a transaction. The CH was a part of this group.

“When Rob Blake [the director-general of the Los Angeles Kings] met me to tell me that he could me exchange in Canada, I did not hesitate to change my clause, explained the center from Alaska. I was so excited. I find myself with an original team, a team that has enjoyed a very good season and who will fight for a playoff spot. The Canadian has several good young players and I feel I can help the team with my experience. “

“I believe that we will have the potential to become a very good fourth trio in the NHL, he continued. I play against Weise and Deslauriers in the past couple of seasons and I know they are two wings of fiery and robust. They play with heart and they have talent. “

Before his days with the Kings and the Ducks of Anaheim, Thompson had had the time to understand the Canadian fronting several times with the Ottawa Senators or the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“I had learned to hate the Canadian during my days in Tampa and Ottawa,” he replied. I have now crossed the fence. I am happy to adapt quickly to this logo. I also like the fact that the team is counting on players very fast. It is difficult to counter the speed of the Canadian. “

Thompson will return to Julien. He had played his first four games in the NHL under his orders with the Boston Bruins during the 2006-2007 season.