Le Canadien voulait s'assurer que l'attaquant québécois puisse arriver à temps pour la rencontre. Il s'agissait d'un moyen plus sûr que de risquer des correspondances aériennes la veille du Thanksgiving.
More likely cuz there are no Toronto > Pittsburgh flights that would get him there on time, unless he risked connecting flights... He would've had to have been called up and on a plane by 10am today... Even still, some of these routes are pretty insane:
Toronto > Chicago > Pittsburgh
Toronto > Ottawa > Chicago > Pittsburgh
Toronto > Montreal > Chicago > Pittsburgh
Why all the hype for Desharnais? Is he the point leader in Hamilton or something?
If I'm not wrong, it seems that he was named MVP in ECHL in 2008 with the production of 106 pts in 68 games. I'm not sure how competitive ECHL league is. I guess that it's not as good as AHL, but better than Junior leagues.