MONTREAL – There’s a flip side to every coin. The Canadiens’ clinic is starting to clear out, which means the Bell Centre press box will now be playing host to more than just the Habs’ wounded soldiers.
Anxiously awaiting the green light from team doctors, Francis Bouillon, much like Christopher Higgins, feels ready to get back into action after practicing with his teammates for the past two days.
“I feel good,” said Bouillon, despite being out of the lineup since the start of the regular season with a knee injury. “I felt really comfortable in the one-on-ones and two-on-twos. Now I’ve got to talk with the doctors and the coaching staff to figure out when I can get back into a game.”
Obviously, when Bouillon does finally get cleared to play, one of his fellow blue-liners will have to drop out of the lineup to make room.
“It’s one of the bad things about having a team as deep as ours,” Bouillon explained. “One guy’s good fortune sometimes means that someone else is losing out, but that’s something that’s out of my control. I’m here to play hockey and the only thing I can control is whether I’m healthy and ready to play when they give me the go-ahead.”
A healthy scratch for the home opener, Steve Bégin, who sits across from Bouillon in the Habs’ dressing room, maintains a philosophical attitude about his circumstances.
“Those are difficult decisions for a coach to have to make,” admits Bégin. “It’s also a tough pill for a player to swallow. But, it’s important to keep your head up and keep working as hard as possible to get back into the lineup. I’m not the only one in this boat; more and more of the injured guys are knocking at the door and are almost ready to play.”
Alexandre Harvey is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis .