(Tampa) There were two absentees at training for the Canadian, Friday noon in Florida, and one of them had to be absent for disciplinary reasons.
Martin St-Louis has confirmed that Jonathan Drouin did not take part in the noon practice, in the suburbs of Tampa, due to disciplinary measures. The Quebec forward had missed a team meeting earlier in the morning.
“I was non-negotiable… He missed a team meeting, he must pay the consequences, explained Martin St-Louis. We start with that. »
Obviously irritated by the situation, St. Louis would not say if Drouin would have to pay a fine, or if he would also be suspended for the next game, Saturday night against the Lightning.
“It’s the culture that is important,” added the Montreal driver. It’s more important than anyone. »
Moreover, the Canadian would have a hard time suspending Drouin for Saturday night’s game, quite simply because in the immediate term, there would be no one to replace him, unless the club decides to play with a training with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen in Tampa.
The other absentee on Friday, defender Kaiden Guhle, had to undergo medical treatment.