Dominique Ducharme’s plans for the Canadiens were based on an ideal world that seems unrealistic – The Athletic


There are four words that Dominique Ducharme has used more often since the start of training camp than any other hockey expression or cliché.

In an ideal world.

Ducharme used those words to describe his desire to have scorers on his front four lines. To describe having three pairs of defense that can face any opposition. So that a defenseman who moves the puck completes the group, the one who could lead the second unit on the power play. He even used it to describe the utopian idea of ​​having 18 skaters dressed in every game that he would feel comfortable putting on the ice in any situation.

What the Canadiens pre-season has shown us all, and maybe even Ducharme himself, is that he doesn’t live, and certainly not a coach, in an ideal world.

Already we’ve seen Ducharme test Mathieu Perreault down center, where he played in the Canadiens’ 6-2 loss on Tuesday night in Toronto. The only reason that happens is that Ducharme’s situation in the center is far from ideal. Some level of expectation, or at least hope, existed that Ryan Poehling would solve this problem with a solid training camp. This does not happen. Poehling wasn’t as bad as most people seem to suggest, but he wasn’t good enough to make the situation ideal. He will play a fifth preparatory game Thursday night at the Bell Center, a workload reserved for those who have every chance of meeting expectations and who have not yet reached them.


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