LAVAL-SUR-LE-LAC - The boys are back in town. The annual golf tournament marks the start of the new season. We caught up with the players to get their take on the past and their outlook on the future.
"I had a great summer!" effused Carey Price
before hitting the links with his teammates. "It was less stressful this summer." The comment came as Price was asked to compare this past summer to his summer two years ago, when Jaroslav Halak had taken over his starting spot between the pipes in the playoffs. "I was at home itching to come back," he continued. "I trained with Josh Gorges
and a few other NHL players in Kelowna. It’s not like I’ve got many people to skate with in Anahim Lake!"
‘We've got a really tight club here. We look at ourselves as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference," commented Price before teeing off.Cammalleri is ready to go
-- "Today gets the ball rolling," he began. "I’m ready to go, let’s drop the puck." The Habs sniper is excited to get going on his ninth NHL season. "The familiarity helps everybody. Jacques knows what to expect from us," uttered the 5-foot-9 left winger. After scoring 47 points last season, Cammalleri is looking to build on last year’s numbers. The Captain’s take
-- "I think last year was a disappointment, for sure. Our goal is to win the Stanley Cup," commented Gionta as he faced a throng of journalists. "Hopefully we’ll be more consistent and injury free."
After a string of injuries hit the team last year, the Habs’ captain is anxious for this next season to start. Thankfully, the organization brought along strong man Erik Cole
whom, Gionta says, is a great fit for the team. Closing the book
– Coming off one of his worst statistical seasons, Scott Gomez
is focused on turning the page and looking to the future.
"Last year is last year. I’m here now; I’m ready to go," said Gomez in whom the captain has much faith for the future.
"Scott brings a dimension to the team that we need. Nobody puts as much pressure on themselves as Gomer does," Gionta told the journalists about his good pal. All smiles
- When talking about the upcoming season, P.K. Subban
has plenty of reasons to smile.
"There’s no limit to our team," stated Subban. "We have a great group of guys and we have great chemistry."
The 22 year old defenseman is happy to be back but realizes how important camp is.
"You’ve got to go to camp and earn your spot and ice time. You can’t go expecting anything," explained Subban, who knows he’s still got much to learn and is looking forward to continue learning from the older guys on the team. "‘I’ll do my talking on the ice."The return of the warrior
- After a few months off, Josh Gorges
will be back on his skates to train with his teammates come Friday when training camp officially kicks off. His teammate Max Pacioretty
will also be there and surprisingly enough, is eager to receive his first big hit.
"The only thing that has yet to happen is a good bodycheck. I think that some of my teammates will be able to help me on that front, come camp," laughed Pacioretty, who is now fully recovered from a neck injury suffered in March. "If I had made it back during the playoffs, it would be a different story, but I had so much time to recuperate that all I want is to be back in the game." Oh, hello there!
– On just his second encounter with the Montreal press, Erik Cole
didn’t seem phased by the cluster of mics thrust in his face.
"You might no believe it, but even in Raleigh, a few people recognized me. I really don’t think you’re that intimidating," he told to the journalists with a laugh. "It comes with a hockey market filled with passionate people. It’s far from negative."Lee Anne Vincent O’Connor is a writer for canadiens.com
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