The Club | Shots on target in hockey, running counter-clockwise and… firing a player to the NHL

Every week, journalists from the Sports team answer your questions.

Shots on target in hockey

In hockey, you often hear the expression “shot on target.” What is it about ?

Serge Paradis

Response from Guillaume Lefrançois:

Hello, Mr. Paradis. It is simply a synonym for penalties. Analysts are increasingly talking about “shot attempts,” a term that includes shots on target, off-target shots and those blocked by opposing skaters. This is where “shot on target” comes in handy, because it avoids any form of confusion. An interesting borrowing from hockey to the world of soccer.

Carey Price’s salary


Carey Price

Is Carey Price getting his full salary given his injury or just a percentage?

Annie Tremblay

Response from Mathias Brunet:

Carey Price is receiving his full salary, like all injured players in the National Hockey League. On the other hand, he pocketed an average of 15 million during each of the first two years of the agreement, 26 million in signing bonus and 4 million in salary. As a result, Price pockets 8.5 million this year and will receive 7.5 million in 2024-2025, then the same amount in the last year of his contract in 2025-2026, even if 10.5 million is included in the payroll for each year of his contract. Insurance covers a significant portion of Price’s salary, according to agreements established in advance.

Run counterclockwise


Francisco Lindor, New York Mets

In baseball, has it always been the case that bases have been run counterclockwise in all leagues? Have there already been attempts in the opposite direction?

Nicolas Houde

Response from Alexandre Pratt:

Historian Peter Morris answers this question in his remarkable essay A Game of Inches. I quote him: “In many sports that preceded baseball, runners ran clockwise. The reasons for the change are unknown, but it is interesting to speculate on the consequences. Imagine how different baseball would be in a parallel universe where the bases were run the other way. »

Would third basemen, shortstops and catchers all have been…left-handed? Which prompted the following thought in Morris: “Would Ozzie Smith and Luis Aparicio (two great right-handed shortstops) even have played in the major leagues? »

News from Maude-Aimée LeBlanc


Maude-Aimée LeBlanc

What’s happening with golfer Maude-Aimée LeBlanc? After her injury in June, she was not seen on the LPGA Tour again. Has she retired?

Paul Frezza

Response from Katherine Harvey-Pinard:

Maude-Aimée LeBlanc is still very active. His rehabilitation, after his broken finger, lasted four months. Two months ago, she indicated on her Instagram account that she was now able to train again and that she was “really looking forward to getting back on the circuit when it’s 100% pain free”, soon I hope! » We learned in December that five Canadians would play on the circuit in 2024, including LeBlanc who will be there with an “injury exemption”.

The dismissal of a player from the NHL


Corey Perry

In the NHL, is there a risk that the dismissal of a player by a club, for behavior deemed unacceptable unilaterally and without trial, becomes a discriminatory way of controlling the salary cap?

Jean-Pierre Thérien

Response from Guillaume Lefrançois:

Hello, Mr. Thérien. Your question is timely in the wake of the Corey Perry affair. That said, these cases remain very rare, and a player whose contract is canceled has 60 days to file a grievance to have the decision overturned. It will be interesting to see if Perry does this. In 2018, journalist Elliotte Friedman reported that the Players Association wanted Patrik Berglund, released by the Buffalo Sabres, to file a grievance, but that the player refused. He had a little more than three years left on his contract, at 3.85 million per year. All this to say that there are still mechanisms to protect a player who feels he has been fired without a valid reason.


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