Quebecers of the Montreal Canadiens made a huge commitment

Jeff Drouin
October 9, 2021  (3:14 PM)

The Montreal Canadiens' 2021-2022 roster will be special for one simple reason. It will have four Quebec players determined to bring the Stanley Cup back to Montreal. One could even say that they have given themselves this mandate.

Cédric Paquette won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020. It was a very special moment for number 13, but he loves the possibility of lifting the precious Trophy with his new team.
"Several people have talked to me about this possibility," admitted the 2020 champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, in an interview with The Journal.  "It made me even more eager to put on the Canadiens' jersey and start the season." 
The Gaspesian is very happy to be able to share this with several Quebecers in the organization, because last year, he found the season long in Carolina without a French speaker.
"The more Quebecers there are, the more fun it is. It's good because last year in Carolina, there were none. It's easier to integrate when there are Quebecers. Even for the spouses", underlined Paquette. 
David Savard, for his part, has just triumphed with this same Lightning against the Montreal Canadiens. However, in 2022, he hopes to relive the same thing, but this time, in Red, White, and Blue.
"My plan is to have the exact same day I just had at this time next year. We're going to try to bring the Stanley Cup back to Montreal. I liked the way the Habs played when I played against them in the playoffs," said the former Lightning defenseman."
Jonathan Drouin is confident, but realistic. He knows that his diversion is powerful, considering the teams that are part of it such as the Lightning, the Bruins and the Leafs in particular. First and foremost, you have to make the playoffs.
"The Atlantic Division has always been tough. Especially in the last five years. It's a nice challenge. In addition, facing great teams in the regular season is a good preparation for the playoffs," said Jonathan Drouin, also met near the team's locker room in Brossard. 
"There are a lot of teams that didn't finish first or second in their division that had the chance to win the Stanley Cup," he added. "That's our goal every year. Last year, we went a long way, but we ended up like everyone else: no trophy, no parade. So we're starting over and putting ourselves in a position to make the playoffs." 
The Quebecers in the organization have big plans for the Montreal Canadiens this year. I like the fact that our French guys are taking charge. It's very encouraging
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