A very bad news hits a former center player for the Canadiens

Published July 7, 2023 at 5:35 PM
BY ELIAS
After the 2020-2021 season, Phillip Danault decided to leave the Tricolore organization in order to take on a more offensive role in a new team, having primarily had defensive assignments in Montreal.

The Quebecer thus signed a six-season agreement with an annual value of 5.5 million dollars with the Los Angeles Kings. Quickly, Phillip Danault became an important player within Todd McLellan's team and played a leading role in the team's power play.

The former Canadiens player managed very well by reaching the 50-point plateau in his two seasons, even scoring an impressive total of 27 goals in his first year. However, this did not prevent general manager Rob Blake from acquiring another quality center player in Pierre-Luc Dubois.

While it was expected that Phillip Danault would take over from Anze Kopitar at the end of the next campaign, the Slovenian decided to sign a two-season contract extension with the Californian team. This decision, coupled with the arrival of Pierre-Luc Dubois and the emergence of young Quinton Byfield, could therefore relegate the 30-year-old veteran to a third unit.



This therefore means that there is a high chance that the Quebecer will once again be entrusted with defensive tasks and that his ice time on the power play will be significantly reduced.

Ouch! This is clearly not the scenario that Phillip Danault had in mind when he agreed to sign a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Kings!

Credit: Go Nordiques
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