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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
If I’m Bergevin, the two guys at the top of my list (assuming Vigneault and Claude Julien remain under contract) are Carbonneau and Guy Boucher. Boucher is young, imaginative, dynamic, experienced — and one of the handful of candidates who isn’t afraid to think outside the box.
In that sense, Boucher is a rare animal. How many brainy, innovative coaches are there in the NHL today? How many have there been since the days of Fred Shero? You may disagree with his innovations, but you can’t argue Boucher isn’t an unusually imaginative coach.
I like almost everything about Boucher. He’s paid his dues, he’s original, he might be able to figure out what’s wrong with this team. If I have reservations, it’s because he’s hyper-intense and this market can break a man who can’t relax. But he’s also a very smart, dynamic coach who would bring an original approach to the long list of problems the Canadiens face.
“You see the same thing we’ve seen over the last 10 years, which is no No. 1 centre, no No. 1 right-winger … and that’s not to disrespect the guys that they have there. But we keep talking about this, we keep mentioning it. When you don’t have that and you lose your best player and probably the best player in the NHL (Carey Price) for a long period of time … if they expected Mike Condon to replace Carey Price they were mistaken. I don’t know who made that decision, but there was something wrong.”
-Guy Carbonneau, former head coach and player for the Montreal Canadiens. More on the Canadiens from Stu Cowen of the Montreal Gazette.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Is Guy Carbonneau headed to New Jersey?
Carbonneau stepped aside this week as head coach of Chicoutimi in the QMJHL – he is co-owner of the team – and Marc-Étienne Hébert was named today as his successor.
Indications are that the Devils will name a head coach by the end of this week or early next week, so the timing would fit. Nothing is confirmed at this point.
If Carbonneau did get the Devils’ job, he would be the latest in a long line of former Canadiens’ coaches to hold the position in New Jersey following Jacques Lemaire, Larry Robinson, Pat Burns and Claude Julien.
from the CP via TSN,
Former Montreal Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau says he is unhappy he was fired and that he didn’t see the dismissal coming.
Carbonneau, who was let go by general manager Bob Gainey on March 9, told a news conference in Montreal today he thought the team was heading in the right direction.
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.
via Habs Inside/Out,
In his state of the team session with media this morning, Bob Gainey said Guy Carbonneau has signed a new contract.
Old Velcro Lips would not disclose duration of the deal and, God knows, did not reveal any $$$ figures.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
While every team went to the market with an eye on getting better for 2008-09, head coaches of roughly one-third of the NHL family signed contract extensions during the offseason.
Randy Carlyle in Anaheim, Ken Hitchcock in Columbus, Dave Tippett in Dallas, Mike Babcock in Detroit, Jacques Lemaire in Minnesota ... the list goes on and on.
Anything wrong with this picture?
Not really, except that Guy Carbonneau, who led the Canadiens to No. 1 overall in the Eastern Conference last season, is entering the final year of his contract - yet remains unsigned, for now.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
It’s frustrating, obviously,” Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. “We just lost three games and I can’t sit there with the coaching staff and try to change things or the way we play tactically. We are playing great. We have scoring chances and we don’t give too much, but we lost the game. Biron is on top of his game right now. Whether he’s lucky or good or extremely good, he is making the saves . . .
“I’ve played with one guy that made those kind of saves that were silly sometimes.”
He means Ed Belfour back when Carbonneau won a Stanley Cup with Dallas, and silly is just the perfect word for it. He’s right. His team has not played badly, not at all. Their greatest fault lies in their attempts to be too perfect, too pinpoint, trying to be too impossible for Biron to stop.
Kostopoulos earned a two-minute roughing minor on the play, but the war of words has escalated ever since.
“Kostopoulos, he’s a tough kid and I’ve got a lot of respect for him and [Steve] Bégin,” Philadelphia head coach John Stevens said. “But to go up and blindside sucker Kimmo Timonen on a play at the end there, that’s cowardly, in my opinion.”
Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau has been anything but quiet about the criticism of his player.
“That’s one team that shouldn’t talk,” Carbonneau said of Stevens’s comments. “They played 82 games and had the most suspensions in the league.”
And over at the Philadelphia Daily News, Rich Hofmann also expects things to get nastier in this series, citing this quote from Carbonneau:
“I think [Timonen] deserved it. That’s why they didn’t call any (major) penalties on it.”
Today, Montreal Canadiens head coach, Guy Carbonneau, was made available for questions via an NHL confererence call.
In his second season as head coach, Guy has guided the Canadiens to the top record in the Eastern Conference with 96 points. With Monday’s victory over the Ottawa Senators, Montreal has clinched a Stanley Cup record playoff berth for a record 76 times.
Q. Two quick questions: I was wondering if there was any particular game or trip during the season that you really think was essential for the team’s growth where you thought, maybe, this was more than just a playoff team, that they could win the conference?
from the Montreal Gazette,
“Carey has his confidence going and I think it would be difficult to go back to Cristobal at this time,” Carbonneau said.
The decision didn’t go over well with Huet, which Carbonneau said was exactly the reaction he expected - and wanted - from the veteran.
“He’s a competitor. He wants to play. I understand that. I’d be disappointed if he didn’t,” Carbonneau said.
Price is becoming the focal point of the Canadiens’ youth movement. When the Habs beat the Leafs, they dressed 10 players who are 25 or younger and there could have been 11 if Guillaume Latendresse had been 100-per-cent healthy.
from the Montreal Gazette,
A week after saying that he liked the way his team was playing, Carbonneau shrugged his shoulders when asked about the recent slide that has seen the Canadiens lose four of their last six games. While the Canadiens are clinging to fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, they have slipped four points behind their pace of last season.
“I think we’re playing well defensively, but we’re not scoring,” said Carbonneau…