LAVAL-SUR-LE-LAC - With summer days soon coming to an end, the annual golf tournament to benefit the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation is a sign for players and team brass that recess is in fact over. The day offers one final respite before trading in the warm golf greens for the much cooler sheets of ice.
Certain players and members of the team personel took time before their rounds to speak with the media gathered for the day.A rejuvenated goaltender
Goalie Carey Price
, in whom coach Jacques Martin spoke of in confident terms last Tuesday, looked to be particularly relaxed in this setting.
"I've had time to reflect this summer, and I feel very much rejuvenated and ready for the upcoming season. I had to find myself, and that's what I've done", said Price, while affirming that he has met all his new teammates. "I like them a lot, and I believe we will have great team spirit this season."
Concerning the 2009-10 campaign which gets underway with medicals on Saturday, Price is hoping to take his play to a superior level.
"I have really prepared myself mentally for the coming season. Over the last two years I have learned an enormous amount. I think that all those elements gathered together will translate into a great improvement this season."The press.... I knew they'd show up!
Some of the newer players in the Canadiens organization were questioned on media relations within the team and city scope. Among those, it was Scott Gomez
who first claimed not to be surprised at finding the ever present throng surrounding him at the clubhouse.
"At Maxim Lapierre's tournament, it was the same way. I knew what to expect upon arrival here and I'm hardly surprised to see you all", he candidly offered to the scribes surrounding him.
Gomez's new teammate Mike Cammalleri agreed.
"Since signing my contract, there have been constant reminders as to how important the game of hockey is for the residents and media here. I was expecting a gathering of journalists of this proportion."
Regarding the pressure of playing in Montreal, Cammalleri believes he has the ideal remedy.
"Win, and everyone's happy," added Cammalleri. "You boys will be happy and the fans will be pleased".Dynasties
Canadiens president Pierre Boivin had a front row seat for the changing of the guard, and he wishes this generation of Molson brothers a success equal to that of previous Molson reigns.
"The Molson family have previously brought two decades of dynasties to the Canadiens, and here's hoping for a third', said Boivin, who earlier received a full vote of confidence courtesy of Geoff Molson.With October 1 In sight
The man in charge of the changes on the ice, Bob Gainey is anxious for training camp to start and for the puzzle pieces to fall into place. The GM believes it will take a certain time for the new chemistry to take effect, though he already notices that things are happening fast.
"I'd wager it will take a little time for all the pieces to fit. It's a new situation for a large group of players," explained Gainey. "It is a group that must now form a team. It is a process that has started this week in Brossard with the rookies and it will continue next week when the veterans join the group, and from that process the team will be formed heading into the start of the season."Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Robert LefebvreRead alsoPassing the torch Financial structure finalized for the acquisition of the Canadiens Season preview: Carey Price Hit the links with Mike Cammalleri