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Canadiens coaching decisions coming soon?

So Hartley is out, and now word from RDS that Patrick Roy is no longer in the running to be coach of the Montreal Canadiens:


RDS (English Translation): Roy out of the race

That leaves Michel Therrien and Marc Crawford as the favourites, with whispers of Guy Carbonneau and a few others being candidates as well.

I’d have to think Therrien is the favourite, given his background. However, Crawford, or Carbonneau for that matter, would also be a solid choice. That said, don’t be surprised if Marc Bergevin throws a curveball and a name comes out of nowhere. Denis Savard, perhaps?

Bergevin clearly has a clear idea of where he wants to take the Canadiens, and he’ll want his own guy in there from the get go. As such, this could take a few more weeks, as the new Habs management team plots their course. If I had to guess, I’d suggest a coach will be in place for the draft. As to who it will be - your guess is as good as mine.

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I thought the CBC guys had it right on the Hotstove: it’s probably down to Crawford and Therrien, but the Habs’ attempts to keep Roy in the rumor mill kept fan interest piqued.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/03/12 at 11:22 PM ET


I hope you and the CBC crew are wrong. Re-treads aren’t the answer to the mystery of the Habs. Look at the talent on this team now, and what’s coming down the pike. The players on the team will have an average age less than 26. Not that Crawford or Therrien cannot be modestly successful, it would be more beneficial for the Habs to have a young, energetic, creative guy at the helm. New GM and assistants should also bring in a new coach who needs to cut his teeth as well. Going safe isn’t really what should be happening for a team that talks of bringing success back into the fold for this storied franchise.
When Hartley was in the mix, Eric Veilleux was rumored as an assistant.. I don’t think he, or Groulx or some other Q or AHL coach shouldn’t be carefully considered here. Going safe will only mean mediocre success and ensure that the media hounds won’t be too up in arms over a so so season with a playoff round for good measure. Habs are better than that, fans expect more.

Posted by Habsolutely from Halifax NS on 06/04/12 at 07:48 PM ET

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