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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
The ideal candidate would also have experience. The last Canadiens head coach with previous NHL head-coaching experience was Jacques Demers, who joined the team in 1992 and won the Cup in ‘93.
The list of candidates with the right combination of experience and language skills is a short one. At the top is Bob Hartley, who won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001. He’s currently working as an analyst with RDS after being fired two years ago by the Atlanta Thrashers.
And there’s Denis Savard, who was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks this season and made his coaching debut as an assistant during the Canadiens’ 1993 Cup run.
from Kevin Mio at Habs Inside/Out,
In explaining why he fired his good friend, Guy Carbonneau, and has moved behind the Canadiens’ bench, general manager and now coach Bob Gainey said a change was needed after eight weeks of underachievement by the team.
In a 7 p.m. press conference at the Bell Centre, Gainey said he began to think about a coaching change on Saturday, after the Canadiens embarrassing loss to Atlanta on Friday night. He made the decision this morning, unswayed by watching the team beat Dallas.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
There’s too much respect for Carbonneau for anyone inside the Montreal organization to pick at his carcass, but his firing with just 16 regular season games remaining came as no surprise to some, while others speculate Carbonneau’s firing may have been encouraged by ownership.
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.
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