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“There are some owners that are strongly against it, there are other ones that are on the fence, and there’s some that think it would be OK if we did it.
“It hasn’t reached a boiling point where everyone has to raise their hand and vote on it. But like I’ve always said, I think it’s important to give a star player a chance to represent their country and it’s a proud moment for them and I support that.”
-Geoff Molson, owner of the Montreal Canadiens. Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette has more.
While the city of Montreal is still buzzing from the aftershock of the P.K. Subban trade, Canadiens owner and president Geoff Molson is confident that the move will make the team better next season.
"P.K. was certainly a great player for our team," Molson explained to RDS at the team's AHL announcement in Laval on Monday. "But I think (GM) Marc (Bergevin) has done a very good job this summer to improve our team for next season with the arrival of new players."
Bergevin and the Canadiens made arguably the team's biggest trade in more than two decades, sending the Norris Trophy-winning defenceman and fan favourite to the Nashville Predators for star blueliner Shea Weber on June 29.
"Of course for Marc, this is a very difficult decision, but I support it 100 per cent," said Molson.
George Stroumboulopoulos sits down with Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, Tampa Bay Lightning Chairman Jeff Vinik, and Executive Chairman of the Winnipeg Jets Mark Chipman about the stress that comes from being behind the scenes of a NHL team.
Part two is below...
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadiens owner Geoff Molson was asked about the price hikes when he attended coach Michel Therrien’s annual charity golf tournament on Tuesday at Club de Golf Le Mirage in Terrebonne.
“It’s been several years that we have not taken a price increase (in the upper bowl) … and the market dictated that it was time for us to do that,” Molson said. “We’re still pretty proud of the fact that we have thousands of tickets that are under $60 that are offered to our fans. And there aren’t very many arenas … sold-out arenas in North America that can offer that.”
One longtime season-ticket holder in the blues recently contacted the Montreal Gazette after learning his pair of tickets (located four rows from the roof at the Bell Centre) will cost $4,002.77 this season, up from $3,227.87 last year....
While speaking with the media at Therrien’s golf tournament, Molson said he was excited about his team heading into the 2015-16 season as the Canadiens look to end a Stanley Cup drought that has reached 22 years — and counting.
“I think we’ve made a couple of nice additions … one through trade (Zack Kassian from Vancouver in exchange for Brandon Prust) and one through signing (free-agent Alex Semin),” Molson said.
“I still believe we have a very young team, a team that has performed very well for the past few seasons. It’s one of the better teams in the East, so hopefully that will continue.”
from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out,
Here is my talk with Geoff Molson, edited only for clarity:
• If your team’s season ends in the next few days, after three rounds in the playoffs, would you classify it as a success?
A: Success comes in phases. During the regular season, there are periods when you want to be successful so you can make the playoffs. That’s Step 1. Once you make the playoffs, well, two of the four teams still playing had fewer points than us.
If we get to the Stanley Cup final, and if L.A. gets to the final, we’d have home-ice advantage. Once you make the playoffs, anything can happen. I’ve seen it twice in my short tenure here.
The way Marc is building this organization gives me more confidence. My definition of success is the confidence that we’re building one heck of an organization here. Building is the key word. Building and developing. (Three rounds in) 2010 was awesome. It was a great ride. People were falling in love with the team.
But we all sort of knew deep down inside that, even though it was amazing, it wasn’t really meant to happen. Our organization, the way it’s being built now, we’re going to be a team that’s going to be able to make the playoffs every year and it’s going to be less amazing if they do really well because it’s going to be a strong organization, strong with the people who are building it.
via CBC... A 7 1/2 minute interview which Molson discusses how the negotiations work from the NHL side and numerous other topics, with which he basically walks a fine line at times. Make sure to watch the full interview.
MONTREAL – Team owner, President and CEO of the Montreal Canadiens, Geoff Molson, made the following comments Monday on the head coaching change over the weekend.
“On Saturday, our general manager Pierre Gauthier made a coaching change and named Randy Cunneyworth interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens until the end of the 2011-12 season.
This important decision was made with the objective of giving the team a much-needed spark after disappointing results since the start of the 2011-12 season. We are responsible for providing our fans and partners with a winning team and believe that this move will contribute to improve the overall performance of our team and produce positive results this season. The action was taken to remedy the situation without further delay.
Randy Cunneyworth is a qualified and experienced coach who has earned the respect of the players and everyone within the organisation and he was ready to take over the responsibility of head coach. As Pierre Gauthier indicated, the head coaching position will be revaluated at the end of the season and, at that time the selection process will be carefully planned.
The Montreal Canadiens organization does not agree with the decision taken yesterday by the National Hockey League. We can assure you that we have made our position clear to Commissioner Gary Bettman, and that he has agreed to make this issue a priority at the next General Manager’s meeting, which will be held in Florida on March 14-16. Pierre Gauthier, our General Manager, will be present at this meeting and has already expressed his wish to carry out, clearly, our message to his 29 counterparts and to the League.
Our organization believes that the players’ safety in hockey has become a major concern, and that this situation has reached a point of urgency. At risk are some of the greatest professional athletes in the world, our fan base and the health of our sport at all levels. Players’ safety in hockey must become the ultimate priority and the situation must be addressed immediately. As a proud father of three hockey players, I want to help create a healthy and safe experience for them, and I certainly never want any family to go through what the Pacioretty’s are experiencing at this moment.
-from a letter to the fans by Geoff Molson, Owner of the Montreal Canadiens. Read more of the letter.
“We haven’t reached the ultimate, of where you walk into the building and you can sort of smell victory. But we’re a step closer to that this year than we were last year.”
-Geoff Molson, Owner of the Montreal Canadiens. Read much more on the Molson family from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail.