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by Paul on 12/26/11 at 11:49 AM ET
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s Boxing Day today - but you cannot afford to take a holiday. The Montreal Canadiens, once a dynasty to rival the New York Yankees or the Boston Celtics, are in their deepest crisis since the Patrick Roy trade in 1995….
First thing this morning, you call in Mr. Gauthier and tell him not to let the door hit his butt on the way out. Then you call in Mr. Cunneyworth. You apologize for putting him in an untenable position. You thank Mr. Cunneyworth for his efforts and you give him a choice: return to Hamilton or stay in Montreal as an assistant to your new coach.
This is important, because no part of this is Cunneyworth’s fault. He’s an honourable man who is very well prepared to be a coach anywhere in the NHL -except Montreal.
Once Mr. Gauthieris out of the building, you call your great and good friend Serge Savard and ask him to take the reins as GM for at least the next year or two, while the two of you work to bring some stability to this franchise. Then, because Mr. Savard has been out of the game for some time, you hire another Mr. Savard -Andre, another former GM -to act as his lieutenant and eventual successor.
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