The wait: Yannick Weber may still be waiting to play his first game in a Canadiens uniform this season, but the Swiss defenseman is confident his chance will come sooner than later. Until then, patience will be a virtue for the young blue-liner.
“Of course it’s not the easiest situation for me right now. With our training camp being as short as it was, I didn’t get the chance to establish myself within the top six. Now our defense is playing really well, so it’s hard to get in,” explained Weber who played 60 games with the Canadiens in 2011-12. “But I’m being patient. There’s still a lot of hockey left to play this season and a lot of things can happen. All I’m trying to do right now is stay positive and keep my energy level high.”
While he waits for his chance, Weber still remains part of all the team’s practice sessions and every other meeting the team holds, all while making sure he’s getting the most out of the best resource currently available to him – the team’s new defensive coach.
“Jean-Jacques [Daigneault] has been great to work with,” praised Weber, who also took time to squash any rumors floating around that he might be asking for a trade. “We watch a lot of video together and he’s been working with me on the ice, too. We talk a lot and it helps me stay positive. When the team’s playing this well, it hard to make it into the lineup, but all I can do is work hard at practice and if the team needs me, I’ll be ready.”
First time for everything: After playing his first game at the Bell Centre and then scoring his first goal there in his second, Alex Galchenyuk now also had a chance to get his first NHL road win under his belt Thursday night in Washington. After making the jump directly from Junior to the big leagues, Galchenyuk is enjoying all aspects of the new experience – especially the travel conditions.
“It’s a lot different than in Junior or AAA. The hotels are a lot nicer, we takes planes instead of buses, and all the preparation around the lead-up to a game is amazing. It’s pretty exciting. I’m not missing the bus too much,” dropped Galchenyuk with a grin, adding that the positive vibe in the Canadiens dressing room has also been going a long way. “You play hockey to win games. That’s the way I look at it. You have to win to have a good team. I know we only have two wins right now, but hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling.”
Effective effort: With the Canadiens picking up two wins in three games since the start of the season, production has been coming from the all sides of the roster and 2012-13 has truly been a team effort so far for the group. After playing on a line that was responsible for nearly half the Habs’ goals last year, hard-working Erik Cole may have only picked up his first point Thursday night, but he knows he and his line have still been playing the kind of hockey that wins games.
“I feel like whether I’m getting points or not, I’m out there doing my job. When I’m in front of the net and guys are scoring on the power play I’m battling for position and trying to screen the goalies and things like that,” said Cole, whose line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty has created a lot of momentum and chances for the Habs in their latest campaign. “As long as I’m doing the right things, it’s helping the team and more importantly we’re winning hockey games, I don’t have a problem not being on the scoresheet. It’s been a great team effort so far.”
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
WORDS FROM THE ROOM: Jan. 25, 2013
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