NASHVILLE — Two days later, Ben Harpur did not really speak of the punishment for the instigator imposed on him Sunday when he dropped the gloves – and corrected – Sean Kuraly of the Bruins.
“I don’t want to touch too much of it, the decision has been made, it is in the past and there’s nothing I can change,” pointed out the defender of the Senators a few hours before facing the Predators on Tuesday.
This one was a little more talkative, but not too much, when it was a question of the uppercut that allowed him to sound Kuraly.
“I just saw an opening, it is a bit smaller and in the past, during the fighting that I’ve delivered, I’ve noticed that guys want to stand near me and sometimes, they are vulnerable to an uppercut. It was in the heat of the action, I hadn’t really thought about it “, he explained.
The defender giant-sized 6’ 6’ and 222 pounds does not always use his impressive appearance, his coaches wishing to often in the past few years for it to become nastier on the ice. It is the same when rendering to two fights in only 12 matches this season, as much as Mark Borowiecki is injured for a dozen games. He has already delivered five in his rookie year in the american League, in 2016-2017, and half-a-dozen junior.
Remains that, in general, Harpur is a ” gentle giant “, which has perhaps earned its nickname of the Big Smoothie, which was decked out by the centre gatinois, Jean-Gabriel Pageau when he scored his first goal in the NHL two weeks ago.
“It, it is fault to Pager. It is comic. It has a lot of free time these days. It is a small joke between us. He loves it, he think very funny. It’s nice that he is around the team at the arena. The guys love it have it in the fold of the team to make jokes of the kind “, said Harpur, who was featured in a video that Pageau has published on his Twitter account where he is seen preparing smooties.
In the absence of Dylan DeMelo, who is not of the trip this week, Harpur formed a duo with the quebec defender Thomas Chabot. After a first experience at his side, Sunday, against Boston (except for the 17 minutes he spent in the dungeon), he obviously loves very much this idea, even if the left-handed he is called to play on the right side.
“He is an excellent player and every time that I can pass the puck, it is good for me. I try to take care of the defensive side of the ball, and then I give him the puck and he does his magic tricks, ” says Harpur. It is a certain fit for me to play right, but I’ve played both sides for a long time now. I am ready to play to one side or the other, anywhere to help the team. “
For head coach Guy Boucher, place Harpur to the sides of a defender to offensive character is a natural progression of his development. “For us, over the past two years, we planned that eventually he would be able to play with a guy more offensive, to support them by playing against the best players, playing in a physical way, and with his long reach. Currently, it gives him the chance to do that, but it can fill many different roles, against the best three lines or more physical. It is good for his development and it allows us to update our projections about it “, he stressed.
THE SENATORS IN BRIEF
Acquired last week in an exchange of the minor with the Penguins, defenceman Stefan Elliott was then recalled by the Senators on Monday to make the trip of the Senators. As if that wasn’t enough, it has also been launched into the fray by Guy Boucher on Tuesday night in Nashville, an alignment of the seven defenders, Nick Paul being cut off to make place. “The last week has been quite busy, but it was a good week. It is a good thing, and that is why I went back to play in America this season, ” said the back of 27-year-old former organizations of Colorado, Nashville and Arizona who played in Russia and Sweden during the previous two seasons. “I think I will be able to play in the NHL, and it is good to get this chance,” he added. Boucher even had the intention of using it to the point of a second unit of digital advantage, having heard that he was a specialist in this chapter (13 goals in a YEAR in the AHL in 2014-2015 with Manchester).
At the end of an intermission where the new “D. J.” Senators did play a song of Whitney Houston last Saturday, Thomas Chabot has been followed by a camera while he jumped on the ice while singing the lyrics of I Wanna Dance with Somebody. The extract has been delighting the social media team of the club, which has put online a “karaoke” of the defender of quebec. “When I opened my phone the next day, I said to myself, ‘Oh my God’. I did not know that I had filmed, ” he told Tuesday. Chabot gave the credit to his parents for the fact that he has experienced the lyrics of a song output 10 years before his birth. “When they were doing the housekeeping, they were always music like this… I like Celine [Dion] also, it is fantastic “, he started laughing.
Bad news for the Senators of Belleville, the attacker Filip Chlapik will miss four to six weeks of activity due to a small fracture to a foot injury suffered blocking a shot last Sunday against Toronto, has revealed head coach Troy Mann to the journalists of Belleville. The veteran Jack Rodewald, for its part, suffered a groin injury.