Michael Pezzetta’s health affected: Martin St-Louis says no to Matt Martin

Behind the scenes at the Bell Centre, Martin St-Louis still wants nothing to do with a “goon”.

More and more fans are calling for the Montreal Canadiens to sign Matt Martin on social media. With Arber Xhekaj’s shoulders banged up and Michael Pezzetta seeing his health on the line from being physically humiliated, it seems imperative for some fans to have a strong man to throw down the gloves.

However, there is a major obstacle to this request: Martin St-Louis, the Canadiens’ head coach, who does not like physical play and does not believe in “goons”.

For him, modern hockey must emphasize speed, finesse and strategy rather than brute force. This vision comes into direct conflict with the idea of ​​integrating a player like Matt Martin, known for his physical game and his role as an “enforcer.”

General manager Kent Hughes finds himself in a difficult position, juggling the demands of the fans with the convictions of his head coach.

When the proposal to sign Matt Martin was put on the table, Martin St-Louis was categorical: it was a firm no.

According to sources close to the organization, St-Louis has made his opposition clear, saying that this type of player has no place on his team.

For fans, this decision is difficult to swallow. They fear that the Canadiens will continue to be walked all over, without someone to defend key players and impose a physical presence on the ice.

The debate is on and tensions are rising between those who support St. Louis’ vision and those who want to see a more robust team, ready to fight for every inch of ice.

This is a fundamental question about the identity and future direction of the Montreal Canadiens. How much importance should be given to physical play in today’s hockey?

Should you sacrifice some finesse to gain some toughness? For now, Martin St-Louis remains adamant, convinced that the key to success lies in talent, speed and his finesse-focused system, not in fists or boxing matches.

But in the meantime, it is Pezzetta who is putting his health, even his life, in danger.

Indeed, Pezzetta’s family and friends are plunged into worry as the young player, despite his guaranteed salary of $812,500 per year until 2025, finds himself forced to fight on the ice.

Yet this is not his area of ​​expertise, and the repercussions on his health are becoming alarming. The repeated blows he is taking increase the risk of irreversible brain damage, a major concern for his loved ones.

A recent study on the consequences of head blows has amplified the fears of his family and friends. Last season exposed Pezzetta’s limits as a fighter, while highlighting the dangers he exposes himself to in every physical confrontation.

It became crucial for Pezzetta to consider his future beyond hockey. The advice of former NHL fighters such as Georges Laraque and Nicolas Deslauriers was invaluable.

Laraque has already taught her how to turn her head away and use her left hand to grab her opponent’s jersey and deflect blows, a technique that could prevent serious injuries. But even with that technique, Pezzetta continued to get eaten whole by throwing the gloves.

Despite this urgent situation, Martin St-Louis, the head coach, remains firmly opposed to the idea of ​​integrating a player like Matt Martin.

So Arber Xhekaj is going to keep fighting, even though he’s had surgery on both shoulders? Ridiculous. At some point, St. Louis is going to have to accept that we’re in the NHL.

We are not in a ringette league.

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