On Monday, the Montreal Canadiens acquired defender Eric Gustafson from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the 2022 seventh-round pick. On the second day of the trade, Flyer assistant coach Michel Therrien (Michel Therrien) explained why Flyer left Gustafson.
The former Habs coach is honest and clear about the motives of the pilots joining Gustafson. Indeed, it is left back by default, because the team cannot line up two similar defenders, and Gustafson will never be able to lead in Shayne Gostisbehere’s system: “We have two defenders with similar styles. Shayne Gostisbehere and the latter have had good results for a month and a half. He added that in addition to having to choose between the two, Gostis played better than him in hockey recently, which is why he is not in ours. In the lineup.
Since the start of the season, Gustafsson has scored 10 points in 24 games, including 1 goal. Gostisbehere has accumulated 15 points in 31 games, but has scored 7 points in the last 10 games.
See the interview with Michel Therrien in the video above.