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An ex-Canadien confirms a big rumor about Jonathan Drouin, and it unfortunately confirms why it didn't work out in Montreal


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Elias Edmonson
January 6, 2024  (8:16 PM)
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You are all familiar with the story of Quebec forward Jonathan Drouin.

It didn't work out as planned for him with the Montreal Canadiens, after being acquired via a high-priced trade by Marc Bergevin, but he is experiencing a rapid resurgence with the Colorado Avalanche this season.
He was also good with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
So the question is: why does Drouin succeed elsewhere, but not in Montreal?
Many have talked about the immense pressure in Montreal, and it has just been confirmed by Stéphane Waite, who worked behind the scenes with Drouin (and saw him in the locker room) when he was the Canadiens' goaltending coach.
Present on the podcast "Sortie de zone", Stéphane Waite outright mentioned that Drouin was not able to perform with so much pressure on his shoulders.
And it's not against him at all. Very few players can handle such huge pressure.
In Colorado, in the shadow of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Cale Makar and company, he is in a role that suits him much better.
"In his last year in Montreal, Waite saw it, that Jo was worried. He was very worried about his production and what was said about him in the media. Athletes shouldn't read or listen to what journalists write or say, but sometimes, it's stronger than us. And people are so passionate in Montreal that it's hard to ignore them... »

- Via DansLesCoulisses"

It must also be said that he no longer has the pressure of his heavy contract. Earning just $830,000 per year, he is giving his new club their money's worth, and then some.
In any case, in light of these remarks, we will probably never see Jonathan Drouin in a Canadiens uniform again, and if it's better that way for him, then so much the better.
We are really happy for him, happy that he can have such a great season.
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An ex-Canadien confirms a big rumor about Jonathan Drouin, and it unfortunately confirms why it didn't work out in Montreal

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