Claude Julien makes no secret of it, he and his team are aiming for top honors this season.
The head coach of the Montreal Canadiens made the statement during an interview with Louis Jean, which aired on TVA Sports ahead of the game against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
“We have confidence in our team, but we hope that all things will fall into place too. I always say we control what we can control. Injuries happen along the way. But if we can play good hockey at the right time, I think we can make it all the way. ”
If the Canadian driver is so optimistic, it is because of the acquisitions made by Marc Bergevin during the offseason. He also praised the work of his boss.
“Marc did a great job. He went looking for players who will complement the team well and who will help us have a much more competitive formation. Each new player allows us to fill a need. Jake Allen and Carey Price will make an incredible duo. The additions of Edmundson and Romanov will give us a more menacing defense. On offense, Toffoli is capable of scoring. Anderson skates so well, we saw that during camp. He’s able to bring the puck to the net. Corey Perry has a lot of experience and he’s still good in the playoffs. Everyone brings a little something. ”
The coach also intends to make adjustments to the way he prepares his team during this particular season.
“In 2013 with the Bruins, we only played half a season and made the final. We had managed the team in a certain way and we think it’s a bit the same this year. We gave the players the chance to recover, but they had to understand certain things while listening to videos since we didn’t train as often. “
As for the Habs opponents in 2021, Julien sees the Canadian division as a great challenge and as a unique opportunity.
“It’s exciting for the fans. I don’t think we’re going to see a Canadian division again. We will have to prepare well for each match, because it may be tight. “
The head coach has also confirmed that he is in perfect health and that the problems he experienced last summer are behind him.
“I feel extremely good. We were scared during the summer, but now I’m healed and I can’t wait to start. ”