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via RDS (translated),
Head coach Guy Carbonneau of the Canadiens was fired, RDS has learned Monday afternoon. It will be replaced by CEO Bob Gainey.
added 5:01pm, TSN confirms.
added 5:07pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens’ General Manager, Bob Gainey, today announced that he is taking over Guy Carbonneau as Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens effective immediately. Associate coach Doug Jarvis,assistant coaches Kirk Muller and Roland Melanson will be staying on the coaching staff.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Two months from now, when the New Jersey Devils are planning their parade after defeating the surprising Vancouver Canucks in six games in the Stanley Cup final, the Habs will have been on the sidelines for at least six weeks, because they do not look like a team that is going to make it past the first round if they make the playoffs at all. That will give them plenty of time to think things over.
via Richard Durrett of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
Marty Turco skated behind his net to try to play the puck on a rim-around and missed it. The puck came out to Christopher Higgins on the side boards and he flipped in into a wide open net.
The goal put the Canadiens up 3-1 and that is how the game ended.
from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
In Quebec, they were howling for Olli Jokinen. They were screaming for Jay Bouwmeester. But neither player made sense for the Canadiens and Gainey knew it. He knows the truth. His team is not good enough to win….
For Gainey, either move would have been irresponsible. The honest truth is that with either Jokinen or Bouwmeester, the Canadiens wouldn’t be good enough to win. Heck, I’d argue that adding both of them still isn’t enough.
Only a bad GM would panic and waste precious young players/draft picks in such a deal - and Bob Gainey isn’t a bad GM.
more and other deadline notes…
From Jim Hughson at CBC.ca:
Here’s the difference between Hockeytown and a hockey town. The Montreal Canadiens leave Alex Kovalev at home for two games to rest and get his head together and it’s front-page news. President Obama’s visit to Canada paled in comparison.
The Detroit Red Wings take goaltender Chris Osgood out of the lineup for a week to rest and get his head together and it’s greeted with a yawn and so what.
Goaltending is the biggest obstacle between the Red Wings and another Cup and if he was in Montreal, you can bet GM Ken Holland would be vilified for refusing to address the obvious deficiency. Yet, in Detroit, he gets a free pass.
What will the reaction be if the Wings repeat the collapse of 2006 when they lost in the first round to Edmonton because they couldn’t get a save?
read on for comment on other issues & teams
On the same day winger Steve Begin was traded, sources say Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mathieu Dandeneault may be the next to go.
The 33-year-old has politely informed Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey he would like to be moved and according to source, Gainey has agreed to help him out.
Steve Bégin was traded to the Dallas Stars on Thursday afternoon.
Update 4:49pm ET: From the Dallas News, Mike Heika further clarifies that the trade moves D Doug Janik the other way in the deal.
From David Singer at HockeyFights.com:
Yesterday there was a lot of talk about Georges Laraque expecting to be traded from the Canadiens. Laraque was asked if he was frustrated about not playing the last couple of games for the Canadiens. He said he was and there were reports that he said he wouldn’t have signed with Montreal last summer if he knew he wasn’t going to be a regular in the lineup.
He confirmed with us that he did not ask for a trade, and added that he won’t.
I asked Laraque hypothetically where he’d want to go if he was traded. His reply was “nowhere, I would retire.”
Knowing Big George’s love for the game, I have my doubts about that, but I do think it shows his frustration, not just with his lack of playing, but with the media attention what he says is a misinterpretation of what he said.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Slightly used hard man for sale, still feared, no reasonable offers refused. Inquiries should be directed to B. Gainey, Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.
Yup, Georges Laraque says he’s on the trading block, assuming the Canadiens can find a taker for the $3-million remaining on the three-year contract he penned in the off-season.
“I haven’t asked for a trade, but with my salary and the way they’re using me, I’m definitely expecting it. The coach has told me he doesn’t like tough guys, he said I’ll be in and out (of the lineup) until the end of the season,” a dejected Laraque said after practice today.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Lang suggested that, if all continues to go well and the Canadiens hang around the playoffs for a spell, his season might not yet be finished.
“If everything’s perfect and the team plays long enough, then it’s possible, yes,” he said of a postseason return.
“If everything goes according to the rehab protocol, it could be 10 weeks, 12, maybe 14, who knows. I have no idea when I’ll be able to skate, but it is possible to come back and still help the team if we stay in the playoffs.
“Get to the playoffs and hey, anything can happen.”
Fourteen weeks from the date of surgery is May 11, one month after the Habs’ final regular-season game.
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