Five o’clock came and went with three of PIerre Gauthier’s restricted free agents receiving qualifying offers, while three others did not.
The Canadiens’ General Manager made qualifying offers to Josh Gorges, Ryan White and Yannick Weber.
No surprise, really.  Gorges has emerged as a leader on and off the ice and could one day become Captain of this team.
After failing to make the grade following an impressive training camp, White worked hard in Hamilton and was called up by the Canadiens in mid-season. He quickly established himself as a gritty, gutsy performer and earned a right to full-time minutes with this club.
I can appreciate the vote of confidence that Weber has received. But he needs to show me more in the way of defensive responsibility at the big-league level.  If nothing else, he seemed to take a step sideways (if not backwards) in that department as he began to log more minutes with the big team this past season.  And, please.  No more experiments as a part-time defenceman/fourth liner.

About ahefter

I have covered hockey extensively during my 30-year sports broadcasting career. From the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid to the Edmonton Oiler dynasty years, I've shared my views on hockey with listeners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. You can "catch me in action" on Youtube at the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n5BdB9ngYw My radio stops include TSN 690 Montreal, CJAD Montreal, CKNW Vancouver, and CKEY Toronto. I also ran the Canadian Press sports desk (radio). My travels as a network reporter have taken me to four Olympics, most recently Vancouver 2010. I'm currently an Applied Assistant Professor within the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.
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