It was a long day of interviews and questions on Friday as the Montreal Canadiens met with reporters for the final media day of the 2021 season, two days after losing the Stanley Cup in five games to the Lightning in Tampa Bay.
Several players, including Phillip Danault, Corey Perry Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki, Paul Byron and Jeff Petry faced the tough questions as reporters wanted to know more about their feelings on losing this close to the end, however, the main two guys, star goalie Carey Price, captain Shea Weber and forward Brendan Gallagher did not answer any questions on the final media day.
The Canadiens warned the media that Price, Weber and Gallagher had gotten the day off today seeing that they had delivered powerful and generous comments right after their loss on Wednesday night.
This is what explains Simon-O Lorange, who covers the Habs for La Presse in Montreal:
On top of that, Tomas Tatar, who last played in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs, was asked to be available for today’s press conference, however, he reportedly elected not to attend. GM Marc Bergevin later added that he does not blame Tatar for wanting to test the free agency.
Chatter has it that Tatar was told that he was done with the team and that his future will continue elsewhere. He has probably played his last game in a Canadiens' uniform.
Fans were quick to notice that Price, Weber and Gallagher were absent, which got them talking.
We can understand how Gallagher wanted to focus on his personal life, he who returned to Montreal after the Game 5 elimination only to find out he had been robbed.
As for Weber, he reportedly played the entire postseason with a severe injury to his thumb and might be focusing on his recovery. Coach Dominique Ducharme did mention in his presser how there was talk of surgery. He'll have to meet with trainers, but expect he'll be ready to start next season on time.
We have to see that these three guys deserve this day off.