The Club | The diamond formation, blocking shots and… can a team refuse the schedule?

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Who wins the faceoff?

What are the criteria that determine the winner of a faceoff? Sometimes a player may appear to win the faceoff, but if it’s the other team that gets the puck immediately afterwards, can we call it a real win?

Claude Dufour

Reply from Simon-Olivier Lorange:

The team that takes control of the disc determines the winner of a faceoff, regardless of which center player touches the puck first when it is released by the official. If, for example, a Canadian center succeeds in sending the puck behind him, but a Rangers player grabs it before another member of the CH has time to touch it, the Rangers will have won the bet. in the game. Hence the importance, for wingers and even defenders, of being alert at all times to recover the puck if it ever gets stuck on the faceoff spot under the center players.

The diamond formation

Recently, there have been some mentions of the “diamond” formation that the Canadian uses on the penalty kill. How would this strategy be better than the traditional “box” formation, i.e. two players in front and two others in the back?

Jean Dufresne


The diamond formation on defense allows, on paper, to better counter the 1-3-1 formation used on the power play.

Response from Simon-Olivier Lorange:

The rise in popularity of the “diamond”, or diamond, on the penalty kill followed the league’s unilateral adoption of the 1-3-1 on the power play. Indeed, the days when two players exchanged the puck at the blue line in order to unleash a powerful one-timer shot are over. We will focus more on puck movement and the use of a “pivot”, or “bumper”, stationed in the middle of the territory. On paper, the diamond helps to better counter this strategy, but it also implies that the defensive players read the game effectively and that they communicate a lot with each other, in particular to adapt if a second attacker of the team on the power play rushes to the net. As we saw in Montreal, this cannot be learned overnight.

Carey Price’s Millions

For Carey Price, 26 million in bonuses, what does that mean?

Jacques Tanguay


Carey Price, on the CH injured list, is receiving 6.7 million this season.

Response from Mathias Brunet:

To be more precise, Carey Price will receive 70 million in bonuses on a contract which will earn him 82 million in total. He obtained 13 million in the first year of the agreement, in 2018-2019, 13 million in 2019-2020, 8.7 million in 2020-2021, 11 million in 2021-2022, 6.7 million last year and this season, and 5.5 million each year during the last two seasons of his agreement. Bonuses are paid on a one-off date once a year, and not distributed like a regular salary every two weeks during the season. Additionally, and most importantly, it’s guaranteed money no matter the situation. If, for example, Carey Price had been healthy and the Canadian had wanted to buy out his contract at the end of the current season, Price would have lost 1.3 million on the four of his remaining regular salary. We cannot touch the 11 million that remain to be paid to him in bonuses.

Block shots

In the 1980s-1990s, we often saw attackers diving to block shots from the blue line (Guy Carbonneau was a master of this technique). Today, players try to block shots by standing in front of the shooters, which seems to lead to more injuries. What explains this change in tactics, in your opinion?

Martin Boulianne


Guy Carbonneau was a master in the art of diving to block shots from the blue line.

Response from Richard Labbé:

It’s quite simply that the player’s equipment has evolved. Nowadays, players can add ankle protectors to provide additional protection and block shots while standing. Also, with modern sticks and much more powerful shots, it’s probably better for the teeth not to dive head first into a shot!

Refuse the calendar

Can a professional club, regardless of the sport, refuse the match schedule offered to it?

Claude Leboeuf


Marc Bergevin always asked that the Canadian begin his seasons abroad, because he believed that the trips helped to unite the players together.

Response from Guillaume Lefrançois:

This exercise is not black and white. The leagues must first deal with the availability of amphitheaters. The Canadian, for example, plays on the road during the holidays, year after year, due to holding shows at the Bell Center between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Teams can then make their preferences known. Marc Bergevin always asked that the Canadian begin his seasons abroad, because he believed that the trips helped to unite the players together. Teams can then request changes, but the league cannot always accommodate them. Still to take the Canadian as an example, we suspect that Kent Hughes was not delighted with the New Jersey-Ottawa-Boston trip last January, which involved four passes through customs in four days.


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