“It is giving your max effort, exhibiting the group you will do no matter it takes to get the job performed,” Habs defenceman Chris Wideman says.
There was a number of huffing and puffing Thursday because the Canadiens hit the ice in Brossard for a day of on-ice testing.
The testing is a brand new wrinkle, one thing that has arrived with the brand new administration group and the one phrase that got here up when gamers have been requested to explain the high-intensity drills was “powerful.”
“Bodily, mentally, each lap you’re pushing, making an attempt to get the turns proper,” stated Habs defenceman Chris Wideman. “I’ve a number of respect for speedskaters after that. The timing, the turns and retaining your velocity, making an attempt to remain out of the ruts from the group in entrance of you. There was quite a bit happening on the market. Guys have been pushing themselves and … it’s giving your max effort, exhibiting the group you’ll do no matter it takes to get the job performed.
“Right this moment was a bodily take a look at, but it surely was simply as a lot a psychological take a look at. You undergo three, 4, 5 reps and your thoughts and physique are telling you that you’ve got three reps left and everyone’s feeling the identical method, and I don’t suppose you noticed anyone hand over. That’s what we’re making an attempt to construct right here, we’re all going to tug the rope in the identical route.
The on-ice session adopted the normal day of off-ice health testing and Wideman left little doubt that Thursday’s session was extra taxing.
He famous the spotlight of the primary day was watching rookie Juraj Slafkovsky.
“I used to be excited to see him trip the bike,” stated Wideman. “I noticed the video this summer time, so when he was testing I made positive I used to be within the room to observe. It was fairly spectacular. As far Slaf is worried, it’s been enjoyable attending to know him and his little buddy (Filip) Mesar,” stated Wideman. “They’re like Batman and Robin. Each time I flip round, they’re collectively. If I see one, I do know the opposite’s shut by.”
Wideman gave up his No. 20 to Slafkovsky after the Slovak was chosen first general on this 12 months’s NHL entry draft. It’s customary to get one thing in return and Wideman stated: “Once I obtain it, I’ll let you realize.”
Wideman was the highest defenceman within the KHL two seasons in the past and the Canadiens resurrected his NHL profession after they signed him to a one-year contract final 12 months for the NHL minimal of US$750,000. The 32-year-old wasn’t sure about his future on the finish of final season, however Montreal got here up with a two-year take care of an annual cap hit of US$762,500.
That might develop into a cut price as a result of Wideman and David Savard are the one right-handed defencemen with NHL expertise.
“I’m pleased to be again,” stated Wideman. “I really like this metropolis, though it’s been extraordinarily troublesome to discover a place to reside this 12 months.”
Wideman discovered residing lodging and his spouse and son will be a part of him in November. Whereas he was searching for a spot, he slept in winger Cole Caufield’s visitor bed room.
“It was like being at house and caring for my son,” stated Wideman. “My son sleeps extra.”
Wideman’s son is 9 months outdated.
The Canadiens will practise in Brossard Friday and Saturday and transfer to the Bell Centre for an intrasquad recreation Sunday. They may play the New Jersey Devils of their first preseason recreation Monday.