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Symbolic gesture from Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki: "It would have never been accepted before"

Published January 18, 2024 at 10:22
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Do you remember the famous "triple low five" between P.K. Subban and Carey Price after a victory? It was a gesture appreciated by fans and demonstrated the great chemistry between them, but Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin hated it and asked them to stop.

It's worth mentioning that the former general manager of the Canadiens had a bit of a Lou Lamoriello side to him, as he didn't like gimmicky things, such as high jersey numbers. Remember when Nick Suzuki arrived; he wore the number 88 and had to change it to 14. Was it a request from Bergevin? It's quite possible.

Also, former players couldn't have contact with team members. They had to take a detour to reach the alumni lounge. In short, there were rules that didn't sit well with everyone.

Now, with Martin St-Louis and Kent Hughes, players and former players have much more leeway. Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki demonstrate this well with their post-victory ritual.



It was the Montreal Gazette journalist, Stu Cowan, who pointed out that "it would have never been accepted before" under the Bergevin/Therrien era. It's also clear that the players feel more united.

It's not to blame the former management, which achieved good things. Reaching the Stanley Cup Final and being nominated as one of the three finalists for GM of the year is no small feat. It's just to show that things have changed, and I believe it's for the better.

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Symbolic gesture from Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki: "It would have never been accepted before"

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