Dom Ducharme dotted his i's and crossed his t's

Published October 9, 2021 at 3:09 PM

Dominique Ducharme's media availability means updates and candor. The head coach of the Habs is a transparent being, who usually does not have his tongue in his pocket.

Some of the players have not had a great training camp, but the coach will be trying to get his troops in shape over the next five days. He thinks they will find a certain rhythm, so they will be mentally ready for the season.

The Habs' defense was, let's face it, atrocious during the preparation games. He is aware that his team will have some work to do in the next few days to prepare for the Toronto Leafs who will be thirsty for revenge.

"We have to take our game up a notch. We're working on our defense right now."

While discussing his defense, Ducharme took the opportunity to clear up the many questions asked about Kaiden Guhle. One thing is for sure, if the 19-year-old starts the season in Montreal, he will be playing on the top-six.

"If we keep a young guy, he will need to play, to be included. In order to progress, you need to get ice time."

Regarding Norlinder, it seems to be an ambiguous situation. He's feeling better, but he doesn't know when he'll be back in the game. One thing is certain, if he doesn't have a spot in Montreal when he returns, he'll go back to Frolunda.

Cedric Paquette will resume training with the team on Monday, while Mike Hoffman will return sometime next week. Both are getting closer to a return to action.

Joel Edmundson could start skating again the week of October 25 according to Ducharme.

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