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Congestion on offense: Corey Perry would love to play every game

Rarely has domestic competition been so important for the Canadiens for many years. But while veteran Corey Perry appreciates the depth of the team, he’s going to fight to be in uniform game after game.

“As an athlete, you want to play every game and you have to prove yourself every day,” he agreed Thursday during a press briefing with Montreal journalists. You have to improve every day. There are a lot of good players on this team and positions are limited, but that’s a good thing. “

Hired on December 28 for a whopping $ 750,000, or minimum wage, Perry has mostly been employed with Michael Frolik and Ryan Poehling since training camp began. A battle is announced with three other players excluded, for the moment, from the first three lines on attack: Paul Byron, Jake Evans and Arturri Lehkonen. To those, Jordan Weal’s name should not be automatically dismissed either.

On leave this Friday, the day after an intra-team game, the Canadiens’ players will return to training camp on Saturday.

“There’s speed and a lot of skill on the team and once on the ice you notice that speed,” added Perry. With what I’m seeing so far in the early days of training camp, it’s exciting. “

Byron and Lehkonen are among the Canadiens’s frequently used shorthanded forwards while Evans has the advantage of being a natural center. All of these factors could tilt against Perry for the start of the season. The general manager Marc Bergevin will nevertheless have to maneuver with the payroll which, on the contrary, could smile on Perry.

Help young people

Experienced, Perry doesn’t get overly concerned with the current situation and avoids making waves. The forward knows full well that a season is often fraught with injuries and that the busy 2021 schedule risks giving way to a rotation of used players.

Despite his ardent desire to play, Perry also guesses that his role with the Canadiens will be to surround the younger ones, whether in practice or in games.

“I talk to them, I observe them and I help them with little games, little advice,” said Perry, who will be in his 16th season in the National Hockey League. I will try to use everything I have learned to pass it on to them. ”

Sooner or later, on and off the ice, Perry could prove very useful to the Canadiens, who have 1,045 regular season experience games and 145 more in the playoffs. The 2007 Stanley Cup winner with the Anaheim Ducks, the forward was also a member of the Dallas Stars, who lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final last September.

Of the Canadian’s top three lines:

  • Josh Anderson
  • Joel armia
  • Phillip danault
  • Jonathan drouin
  • Brendan Gallagher
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi
  • Nick suzuki
  • Tomas Tatar
  • Tyler toffoli

Fighting for the last positions on the attack:

  • Paul Byron
  • Jake evans
  • Michael frolik
  • Artturi Lehkonen
  • Corey perry
  • Ryan poehling
  • Jordan weal
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Buffalo Sabers: A Successful Try For Riley Sheahan

Forward Riley Sheahan, who was on trial at the Buffalo Sabers’ training camp, impressed the team leaders enough, who offered him a one-year contract on Friday.

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The deal will net the 29-year-old $ 700,000.

Sheahan is known for his hard work on shorthandedness. Last year with the Edmonton Oilers, the Ontarian led all of the club’s forwards in man-short time on the ice. He also helped Edmonton maintain the second-best special unit in the National League.

For Buffalo, coming to an understanding with such a player was almost essential, as the team will have to contend without its expert in the same field, Zemgus Girgensons. The latter has been operated on and may have to miss the entire 2020-2021 season.

In 66 regular-season games last campaign, Sheahan had 15 points, including eight goals. He has 513 games of experience on the Bettman Tour, having also worn the uniform of the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers.

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NBA: Seth Curry (76ers) positive for COVID, team in quarantine

Philadelphia full-back Seth Curry, absent from the lost NBA season game (122-109) in Brooklyn on Thursday night, tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the entire team to quarantine immediately, in New York , US media report.

The 76ers, current leaders of the Eastern Conference, have not confirmed the information.

According to ESPN, the Pennsylvania franchise learned just before the game that Curry had contracted the coronavirus. The latter, already forfeited with a painful ankle, was immediately placed in solitary confinement and left the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

But he had played with Philly the day before, in the win against Washington. Consequently, all his teammates as well as the members of the technical staff – potential contact cases – must observe a quarantine.

The 76ers’ next game is scheduled for Saturday at home against Denver.

Since the start of the season, a Dec. 23 meeting between Houston and Oklahoma City had to be postponed in part due to the coronavirus, with several players having been contacted while others were injured. So much so that the Rockets didn’t have enough players to line up.

This game has still not been rescheduled.

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Tokyo Olympics maintained despite state of emergency

Tokyo Olympics organizers insisted on Friday that the Olympics postponed due to coronavirus would go ahead as planned next summer despite the Japanese government’s declaration of a state of emergency.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that the month-long state of emergency would cover the greater Tokyo area from Friday, as Japan faces a sharp resurgence of the pandemic.

Tokyo-2020 officials have repeatedly said that a further postponement of the Games – which are due to start on July 23 – is out of the question. And they insisted on Friday that the state of emergency would not derail plans.

“This declaration of emergency provides an opportunity to bring the COVID-19 situation under control and to ensure that Tokyo-2020 plans a safe Games this summer, we will make the necessary preparations accordingly,” the organizers said in a statement. communicated.

Suga said Thursday that Japan is committed to hosting a “safe” Olympics and is confident that public opinion will change their mind when Japan begins the vaccinations, scheduled to start in late February.

Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee, was quoted Thursday by the BBC as saying he could not “be sure” that the Games would go as planned due to the unknown over the “outbreaks” of contamination.

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A full-time flyer

Raphaël Lessard will compete in the 22 events of the NASCAR Camping World Pickup Truck series. The news was confirmed yesterday by the GMS team, which retained the services of the young Beauceron driver for the 2021 season.

This team first announced on November 25 that they had come to an agreement with Lessard for a participation of 12 races.

However, the file has progressed in the right direction in the last few days and Lessard, in all likelihood, has obtained a guarantee that he will be at the start of all stages of the championship.

However, according to the statement, the new investor group that is watching over Lessard’s career “is continuing to work on budgeting for a full season. “

According to our information, the GMS team would charge around US $ 1.8 million for a turnkey wheel.

Two Quebec companies specializing in hardware, Canac and Richelieu, which had already sponsored Lessard last year, have renewed their partnership with the Quebec pilot, although their contribution would be insufficient to cover the entire bill required.

In North Carolina

After spending the holiday season in his hometown of Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Lessard flew to North Carolina on Tuesday, where he will be staying for the next few months.

“I left Quebec at the right time,” he said in a telephone interview to the Newspaper. While we have a curfew here in the Mooresville area, almost everything is open, including restaurants. “

The day after his arrival in the United States, the 19-year-old pilot went to the GMS workshops.

“I have met some of my new teammates,” he explained, “and that first contact was fruitful. Several other meetings are planned soon. “

Raphaël Lessard won his first victory in the NASCAR pickup truck series on October 3 in Talladega.

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Raphaël Lessard won his first victory in the NASCAR pickup truck series on October 3 in Talladega.

Testing at Daytona?

The 2021 Pickup Truck season kicks off on the evening of February 12, two days before the NASCAR Cup 500 Mile Classic.

While the teams will not be able to pre-practice after the winter break, NASCAR Series leaders have not ruled out a free practice period and even a pre-race qualifying session on the Daytona gear ring.

“Everything suggests that, as long as there is the pandemic, we will do as last year, no activity on the track before the start,” said Lessard. However, it is possible that an exception will be made for the opening of the season. “

Two races in two weeks

Speaking of Daytona, this is the legendary location where the opening two rounds of the championship will be staged, one week apart. After a run over the oval, it is on the road circuit that the drivers will face off on February 19, still in the spotlight.

♦ Lessard left the Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) team at the end of the 2020 season, not without winning the first race of his career in Van on October 3 at the famous Talladega circuit. In 28 lifelong starts in NASCAR’s Third Division, he has four top 5s and nine top 10s.

♦ The GMS team is considered to be the power of the field. Not only did she secure the title for driver Sheldon Creed last year, but two of her teammates, Zane Smith and Brett Moffitt, placed second and third in the championship respectively.

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Finally in the playoffs for Antony Auclair!

For the first time since 2007, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will dive into NFL playoff euphoria on Saturday night against Washington. In his fourth season, tight end Antony Auclair will experience his baptism of fire.

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The former Rouge et Or has only seen losing seasons in Tampa since arriving in 2017. Successive 5-11 campaigns in his first two years on the big tour were followed by a small step forward to 7-9, in 2019.

This year, with the arrival of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown and other key players, the team recorded 11 wins and now all hopes are high.

“It’s unique to be a part of something so special in an organization that hasn’t made the playoffs for 13 years. It’s cool to be able to continue our journey while several other teams don’t have this opportunity, ”said Auclair in a telephone interview.

Received as a hero

It’s December 26, at the 16e week of activities, as the Buccaneers confirmed their playoff spot with a win over the Lions in Detroit.

“When we got back to Tampa Airport in the evening, there were fans everywhere welcoming us. It was the first time I had seen this in Tampa. It’s a different feeling without a lot of fans this season, but it felt good to see them a bit, “said Auclair.

In uniform?

Now, it remains to be seen whether Beauceron will experience this important moment on the ground facing Washington’s formidable defensive front or on the sidelines.

The current season is clearly not obvious to the one who suffered a calf injury that caused him to miss six games. He then returned to play for the next six games, before being sidelined in Weeks 15 and 16. He returned to action last Sunday, concluding a roller-coaster regular schedule.

“It’s a bit of an on and off season. It depends on each game plan. At the moment, the important thing is to serve the team and to self-sacrifice. I can only control what I can control. It is sometimes a frustrating situation on a personal level, but collectively we win. I know what I can bring and what I am worth.

“We’re dressing an additional offensive lineman and we also have ‘Gronk’ who can block very well, so I understand the situation. I’m helping the team as much as possible with my preparation during the week and my attitude, ”commented the one whose talents as a tackle have been repeatedly recognized by the organization.

“I see that as a good example for young players in Quebec. We had very good players at Laval who never got to play because we had a very talented team, but who have rings. That’s life in the NFL too, ”he added.

Hope

Collectively, Auclair believes the Buccaneers have everything they need to compete with the best and hope to make it to the end.

Super Bowl 55 premieres in Tampa on February 7. Never in history has the host city of the event seen its team take part in its stadium.

“We have become more and more consistent and confident over the weeks. We have the potential to go very far, but we just have to continue in this consistency. The team is very calm. We all can’t wait, but nobody’s excited.

“Whether the Super Bowl is in Tampa or elsewhere, it doesn’t change much, especially this year with the fan situation. It’s a special situation, but we go one game at a time and all our attention is on Washington, “he said wisely.

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Rather difficult entry for Laurie Blouin

(Sportcom) – Even if she did not offer a performance up to her expectations by taking 16th place, Laurie Blouin was very happy to have finally been able to resume competition on Thursday at the Big Air of the Coupe du world of Kreischberg, Austria.

“I’m really happy to be back. Of course, this is not the result I was hoping for, but I’m happy to have broken the ice and I feel ready for the season, ”said the Stoneham-et- snowboarder. Tewkesbury at Sportcom.

After a break of almost 11 months, Blouin ended his day with 112.00 points, which was not enough to advance to the final, where the top six meet on Saturday. “I really had good practice this week, but I made small mistakes on the landing on two of my jumps and it hurt my scoring,” commented the 24-hour athlete. years.

Japan’s Miyabi Onitsuka (178.80), Kokomo Murase (170.20) and Reira Iwabuchi (169.40) occupy the top three places after qualifying.

Also in this competition, Canadians Jasmine Baird (114.00) and Brooke Voigt (99.80) finished 15th and 19th respectively.

On Saturday, it will be the turn of Quebeckers Nicolas Laframboise, Maxence Parrot and Sébastien Toutant to set off for the Big Air of the Kreischberg World Cup. The qualifications will be contested in the morning and followed by the finals.

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Bianca Andreescu back in action in Melbourne

Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu is expected to return to competition in late January in Melbourne as part of a pre-tournament for the Australian Open.

Currently ranked seventh in the world, the 20-year-old Ontarian will be making her first appearance on the tour since the 2019 WTA Finals. She suffered a knee injury and had to withdraw from the event. Also plagued by a foot injury in the following months, Andreescu ultimately did not play a tournament in 2020.

In Melbourne, she will also be accompanied by Quebecer Leylah Annie Fernandez, who is among the 92 invited players.

The players will be divided into two groups who will participate in as many separate preparatory tournaments. These will take place from January 31 to February 6.

The Australian Open will then take place in Melbourne from February 8-20. American Sofia Kenin will look to defend her crown on the women’s side.

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Patrice Bergeron named captain of the Bruins

Quebecer Patrice Bergeron became the 20th captain in Boston Bruins history on Thursday.

The number 37 will take the place of Zdeno Chara, who has signed a contract with the Washington Capitals. The Slovakian wore the “C” since 2006.

Bergeron will begin his 17th career campaign in the National Hockey League. Having played all his seasons with the Bruins, he won the Stanley Cup in the spring of 2011. Over the past year, the four-time Frank-Selke Trophy winner amassed 56 points, including 31 goals, in 61 games.

“To be the captain of an original team is an honor and that role comes with a lot of responsibility for teammates and fans,” franchise owner Jeremy Jacobs told the club’s official website. There is no doubt in my mind that Patrice is the natural successor [de Chara] and that he will represent this team very well. He has consistently contributed in the right way to the progression of this roster and has been an active leader for many years, both on and off the ice. His stay as captain will be a great success. ”

“During 16 seasons, we have all seen Patrice not only become an elite player, but a formidable leader,” added President Cam Neely. He represents the Bruins organization and our fans with integrity, determination and class. On the rink and elsewhere, he embodies what it means to be a Bruin. We couldn’t be more proud to see him leading our team as captain. ”

Bergeron ranks third in club history with 1089 career games. He is sixth in points (869) and fifth in goals (352). Involved in many charitable causes, especially for children, the forward won two Olympic gold medals.

The last five captains of the Bruins, before Patrice Bergeron

– Zdeno Chara, 2006-2020

– Joe Thornton, 2002-2005

– Jason Allison, 2000-2001

– Raymond Bourque, 1985-2000

– Rick Middleton, 1985-1988

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Jesse Ylonen back soon

Forward Jesse Ylonen will return to North America to continue his career with the organization of the Montreal Canadiens.

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His Finnish elite league team, the Lahti Pelicans, said on Thursday he had been invited to return to the North American continent.

Ylonen should therefore evolve with the Rocket de Laval, the Habs’ school club in the American Hockey League, during the next season. He was also disembarked on March 2 to make his professional debut, but the coronavirus pandemic forced him to return to Scandinavia.

The second-round pick, 35th overall, for the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge in 2018 had five goals and two assists in 21 games for the Pelicans in 2020-21.