PARTING WAYS IN QUEBEC
When news recently broke that Quebec Nordiques General Manager Gervais Unhingé was stepping down from his role with the organization Joseph Tylers took it hard. Unhingé has been a family friend of the Tylers clan for many years now. Gervais had the pleasure of playing with Joseph's father in college when the two were younger and they've maintained a strong relationship ever since. That bond between Mr. Unhingé and the Tylers family made the 2019 Entry Draft extra special for Joseph as he ended up being selected 46th overall by the Quebec Nordiques. When we reached out to Tylers to ask him how he took the news of Gervais' departure, he was noticeably upset. "It hurts to watch someone you care about going through tough times like that." he said but refused to elaborate further.
Now that the dust has settled after Unhingé's resignation, we've been informed that Assistant GM David McCann will be assuming all responsibilities for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, his first task with the team won't be an easy one. Joseph Tylers' agent reached out to the new general manager to inform him of his client's desire to be traded. When asked why Tylers felt the need to ask for a trade after such a successful rookie season with the Nordiques, it was clear that Gervais' absence had everything to do with the request. "Things just aren't going to be the same without Gervais managing this team and even though I've developed a great bond with my friend and teammate Gayne Wretzky, I feel it's time to move on." Tylers said. "I can't thank the fans in Quebec enough for the support they showed me in my rookie year. I'll never forget that. There's been a surprising amount of support behind my decision on twitter and I appreciate the Nordiques fans for that.". Tylers went on to say that he doesn't feel that it matters where he's traded, what's most important is a fresh start.
So now the only question remains is how just how many teams will approach the newly appointed Nordiques GM for a chance to acquire Tylers? McCann's task of trading Tylers may be a tough pill to swallow but it shouldn't be a hard one to complete in all reality. Tylers' rookie year saw him score 37 goals and 17 assists for a total of 54 points. His 37 goals were enough to lead the team so it's easy to imagine that Quebec will be looking for scoring in return.
One thing is for sure, it's never easy to part ways but that's just the nature of the business.