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Sports Jack Todd: Habs fans mourn for the one Bergevin let get away

23:15  30 november  2020
23:15  30 november  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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The Gazette 47 mins ago Jack Todd , Special to Montreal Gazette. © Provided by The Gazette Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mikhail Sergachev It’s rare that a hockey player signing a contract extension in another city can leave fans in Montreal crying in their Molson — but that was the case

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It’s rare that a hockey player signing a contract extension in another city can leave fans in Montreal crying in their Molson — but that was the case when young defenceman Mikhail Sergachev signed a three-year, $14.4-million contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning last week.

Once upon a time, Sergachev was a superb draft choice for Trevor Timmins and the Canadiens when he was picked ninth overall in the 2016 draft . Now he ranks as Marc Bergevin’s worst trade.

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Bergevin, of course, was trying to catch lightning in a bottle with that French-Canadian superstar skater the Canadiens have lacked since Jacques Lemaire drove Guy Lafleur into premature retirement.

Now the game is catch-the-Lightning, and it’s likely to remain so for a good long while because Jonathan Drouin has not fulfilled his part of the trade by blossoming into the dominant forward the Canadiens hoped he would be.

Drouin has been brilliant in spots, but his sometimes dainty approach is rarely going to work in the NHL. Had the season ended with the pandemic shutdown in March, we might already have written him off — but the play-in and playoff games (what a silly distinction for games that are postseason any way you look at it) gave Drouin a new lease on life.

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A few highlights of the Montreal Canadiens to go over today, first off the Habs lost in a game where they had a 2-goal lead again, this time to the New York

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With the sparkling play of Nick Suzuki on his line, Drouin showed what he can do in the pressure cooker of summer playoff hockey. In 10 games, he posted a goal and six assists and was a plus-3 overall, a big improvement on his regular season.

I still hold out hope that Drouin is somehow going to catch fire — with the Habs giving up a player like Sergachev, the trade is unlikely to even out no matter what happens in the future.

Sergachev had 10 goals and 24 assists for the Lightning last season and posted another 10 points in 25 playoff games while adding the words “Stanley Cup champion” to his resumé. He has a booming shot, he’s 6-foot-3 and 216 pounds, and he’s as fluid laterally as any defenceman in the league — and he’s still 22.

Drouin, on the other hand, will turn 25 in March and is still trying to find himself. Right now, the Sergachev-Drouin trade ranks as the one significant deal Bergevin has clearly lost. Can Suzuki help him turn it around? Put it this way: If Drouin can’t play with Suzuki, then he can’t play with anyone.

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Fumbling the ball: The only way the NFL could have made a bigger mess of this season is if the league was taking advice on how to handle the coronavirus directly from the Trump administration.

Right now, the NFL is a shambolic mess. The focal point heading into play Sunday was in Baltimore, where the Ravens had 11 players and eight staffers testing positive for COVID-19, forcing their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers to be postponed initially from Thanksgiving Day to Sunday, then again to Tuesday night — despite a clear warning from the NFL that teams could be forced to forfeit a game if they didn’t meet protocol guidelines.

If the Baltimore issue was team-wide, the focus in Denver was narrower. All three Broncos quarterbacks were sidelined after positive tests, forcing the team to play the New Orleans Saints without a quarterback.

The NFL mess is on commissioner Roger Goodell, whose half-hearted approach pretty much guaranteed that the virus would be an issue every week. If you’re going to let Baltimore slide without forcing the Ravens to forfeit, then more teams are going to go the same route.

Hickey on hockey: Hockey lifer Larry Carrière parts ways with Canadiens

  Hickey on hockey: Hockey lifer Larry Carrière parts ways with Canadiens After 42 years in professional hockey, Larry Carrière is taking a break. Carrière and the Canadiens had what he described as a mutual parting this year and the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic was an opportunity to step back and evaluate what he’s been doing. “I’ve travelled all my life and now, with eight months off and well rested, I can take a step back with my wife Sue and see what we want to do with our lives,” the 68-year-old Carrière said during phone call from his home in St-Sauveur. “I’m not calling it quits, I just want to explore my options.

And don’t even get me started on the NCAA.

Crash! Bang! Boom! With the season all about Lewis Hamilton smashing Michael Schumacher’s records while taking a 3,257-point lead in the driver standings (just joking, don’t @me), the nighttime F1 race in Bahrain Sunday promised to be about as entertaining as a sandstorm.

Instead, it was one of the more entertaining races of the season for the simple reason that we all love crashes as long as no one gets hurt. First there was Romain Grosjean smashing into a barrier at a high rate of speed , turning his car into a fireball.

Grosjean was able to leap out of the vehicle, but after the restart, Montreal’s Lance Stroll (who was all over the track on both starts) was rolled out of the race. That left teammate Sergio Perez to carry the ball for Racing Point until Perez’s car flamed out with a podium finish in sight.

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to get out of bed. Unless you want to see a fiery crash.

Heroes: Fred Sasakamoose , Kendall Coyne Schofield (and the Chicago Blackhawks for hiring her ), Marcus Rashford, Lewis Hamilton , Sarah Fuller , Christophe Dominici , Joe Burrow &&&& last but not least, the great Diego Maradona .

Zeros: Brandon Prust , John Harbaugh, Roger Goodell, the NCAA, Gary Bettman, the NHL Board of Governors, Randy Arozarena , the Cincinnati Bengals, Ron MacLean, Don Cherry, Claude Brochu, David Samson &&&& last but not least, Jeffrey Loria.

Forever.

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