Desharnais: “You’ve just got to turn the page and learn from it”


(Photo: Allen McInnis, The Gazette)

Danny Brière made his on-ice debut as a Hab Thursday on a line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty during the first scrimmage at the Canadiens’ training camp.

A large crowd filled the stands at Brossard’s Bell Sports Complex to watch the scrimmage, which ended in a draw.

Desharnais, who is coming off a disappointing season in which he signed a four-year, $14-million contract extension, said it was fun to play on a line with Pacioretty and Brière.

The 5-foot-7 centreman has lost about five or six pounds, weighing in at 170 at training camp.

“It was my goal this summer to lose a bit of weight and get faster,” said Desharnais, adding he really worked on his explosiveness.

“It was a learning process,” Desharnais said of last season. “It was a short season. Of course, it’s frustrating. But you’ve just got to turn the page and learn from it and be ready for this season.”

Consistency is something he needs to work on, Desharnais said.

Desharnais is used to overcoming obstacles in his professional career. He wasn’t drafted into the NHL even though he put up more than 100 points in his last two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He led the East Coast Hockey League in points in 2007-08 and his point total in 2011-12, his first full season with the Habs, was third highest on the Canadiens.

“We want David to compete,” coach Michel Therrien said at his press conference after the morning sessions. “We want him to be David Desharnais. We want him to be at the net. We want him to be first on the puck, We want him to skate. This is how he’s got success. And he knows this.

“It’s not a matter of points, but usually when players compete hard, the results get there,” Therrien said.

Asked if that was lacking last season, Therrien said: “Last season was last season.”

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Bob McKenzie’s take on the Canadiens,

The Hockey News preseason Habs prediction,

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Shirtless Habs provide eye candy for female fans, Stu on Sports blog

You can listen to what goaltender Carey Price had to say after practice here:



  1. subbaniac76 says:

    Livestream for tonight?

  2. morivera says:

    Desharnais might play well, which I doubt..but with Carey Price as a goalie, it’s another year in the toilet. Carey Price is the most overrated goalie in NHL history. why is he on the Olympic team? how many times has he got us past the first round?? Once..5 years ago. His playoff record is 9-17.

    what a loser…

    makes me puke to see we have this drug addict lazy loser in goal.

  3. Un Canadien errant says:

    Marc Bergevin being interviewed by Bertrand Raymond:

    À Hamilton, j’avais le choix entre placer des vétérans qui nous auraient permis de gagner ou des jeunes qui nous assureraient de progresser à long terme. J’ai opté pour une jeune équipe. L’entraîneur Sylvain Lefebvre, qui est une personne extraordinaire, a compris le message. On lui a enlevé Brendan Gallagher à la mi-janvier et il est devenu un candidat au trophée Calder. Quand Jarred Tinordi a été rappelé, il a fait des pas de géant. Puis, il y a eu Nathan Beaulieu et Greg Pateryn dont on a été témoin de la progression. On parle rarement de Sylvain Lefebvre, mais c’est un bon homme de hockey qui sait exactement pourquoi il est là.

    Translation: “In Hamilton, we had the choice between getting veterans who would have allowed us to win or youngsters who would progress for the long term. I opted for a young team. Coach Sylvain Lefebvre, who is a great person, got the message. We took away Brendan Gallagher in January and he became a Calder Trophy candidate. When Jarred Tinordi was recalled, he took some giant step. Also, there was Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn who we witnessed their progression. We rarely speak of Sylvain Lefebvre, but he a good hockey man who knows exactly why he’s there.”

    There was some griping last season about some puzzling decisions by Sylvain Lefebvre, in terms of how he used some players, in what combinations or roles, and how the offence stagnated. We suspected that he wasn’t necessarily trying to win at all costs, but rather putting the kids out there and making them play and learn and progress, and that is corroborated by the quote above. It’s also apparent that he has the confidence of his GM.

    Having said that, this season he’ll have a much deeper team, with some talented AHL veterans brought in, and his youngsters being more battle-hardened and more mature. We can expect this team to be more competitive, and not be outgunned and overmatched for almost every game they show up for.

    … you know, because there’s no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake..–Bill Simmons

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …to anyOne watching the training camp sessions in Brossard

    …how are McCarron and Crisp looking so far playing with the vets ?

    …are They looking slow and out of Their depth ? …or impressing ?

    …which of the 2 is showing the most skill in skating and presence on the ice ?

    • HabFab says:

      The only comments I have seen are concerning McCarron and there were two;
      – skating was better then anticipated
      – he was using his size well to drive the net

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …not surprising re McCarron, as those were what the scouts saw in Him pre-draft …so good to hear those are holding up playing with pros

        …if You happen on anything specific to Crisp during camp Frank, please give Me a heads up

        …I hope They both are with Us in a couple years if They can fulfil Their potentials

  5. SmartDog says:

    I’m not FOR the signing of Briere. And I certainly wasn’t FOR the deal they gave Desharnais. I think both are homer contracts.

    But I will say that it’s cool that players seem to WANT to come here, even if it’s payers who are winding down in their careers. And even if it’s Quebec-born players coming “home”.

    It’s not something we’ve seen a lot of. So Bergevin has made a better reputation for the team.

    Can you smell what the dog is sniffin?

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …definitely Bergevin has made a huge difference making Montreal a more desired destination for players

      …there is a positive charisma about Marc personally, and the progression He has taken in improving the Habs prospect of soon contending

      …players want to win, and players around the NHL recognize He is taking Our Team in the right direction, and want increasingly to be a part of it

  6. Habfan17 says:

    Just for one exibition game, I would like to see
    Hudon, Crisp and Fournier together and
    Bozon, LeBlanc and McCarron together.


  7. Lafleurguy says:

    Desharnais/Eller/Galchenyuk is a potent shoot-out trio.
    Best shootout performances in NE Division:
    Toronto, Tyler Bozak, 3/5
    Ottawa, Jakob Silfverberg, 4/7
    Buffalo, Jason Pominville, 4/8
    Boston, Tyler Seguin, 3/7
    Florida, Jonathan Huberdeau, 2/4
    Montreal , David Desharnais,2/4
    Detroit, Damien Brunner 2/7, Datsyuk 2/7
    Tampa Bay, Teddy Purcell 1/3

    Others, Sidney 2/2, Patrick Kane 6/11, Corey Perry 5/8, Steven Stamkos 0/2

  8. HabFab says:

    Matt Lashoff, the former 1st rounder in camp as a try out has a musical career as well. He released his first album in 2011 and here is a sample of his stuff;

  9. commandant says:

    Another Division Rival, Detroit’s season preview

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

  10. JohninTruro says:

    Timo did you get enough proceeds from my RDS ordering to get yourself a new headdress yet or what?

  11. HabFab says:

    Pierre LeBrun – Pietrangelo and Karlsson at $6.5 M AAV. Doughty at $6.7 M AAV. If Subban plays like last season, you know where the next contract sits

    • Eddie says:

      And Subban is still getting better.

      First, his shot will become much more consistent and much more accurate – he will score 20+ goals several times during his career. Second, his poise, his decision making under pressure will improve. He was showing great signs of this last season. Third, his discipline will improve as he gets more experienced and he’ll take fewer penalties along the way.

    • Timo says:

      Molson will instruct Therrien to put Subban in the least favorable situations like play 2 min PK straight, no PP time, 5 min per game 5 on 5, pair him with Drewiske and bench him at least once every 2 weeks for a good measure.

    • punkster says:

      And he’ll be worth every penny.

      Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…

  12. D Mex says:

    I hate to jump on such an easy target, but have to admit that I get a chuckle from the quote attributed to Wee Davey on his ” goal ” to get lighter (5-6 lbs per Brenda Branswell) in the off season. Small solutions for small problems, perhaps ?

    Not his first challenge and he was undrafted, etc etc … I just shake my head on this guy – Yvan Cournoyer he most certainly is not.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

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