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A Different Role for Desharnais

Habs' David Desharnais

David Desharnais has done a great job of keeping the # 1 center spot warm for whomever was going to take it from him, or for when his production slid as it has this season. He also did a great job of keeping Max Pacioretty happy and producing.

On Tuesday, Michel Therrien decided to shuffle his lines which saw Alex Galchenyuk  move into that # 1 center spot – alongside Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Desharnais, on the other hand, was relegated to third line duties – playing with Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Michael Bournival.

Desharnais’s character, work ethic, anticipation of the play and hockey vision cannot, or could not be challenged. He didn’t cost the Canadiens anything to acquire as he was signed as a free agent.

Because Montreal is a unique North American market with its own subtleties, I was interested to see how the media and Habs fans would react to these line changes.

It seemingly appears to be portrayed positively by many. Some are even calling the Desharnais-Parenteau-Bournival line the “Made In Quebec” Line.

Others are saying that this may be the best thing for Desharnais and get him out of his rut about always looking for Pacioretty.

This change will also get the speedy and very smart DD away from the opponent’s top 2 defensemen, and the general nature of this new trio may cause a few good surprises. It could end up being a very good decision for the Habs.