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Quick Habs notes

As you probably know by now, the Canadiens named Scott Mellanby Director of Player Personnel earlier today, as GM Marc Bergevin begins to build his staff.

Meanwhile, more speculation that Bob Hartley is the front runner for the Habs head coaching job, discussed today in the Montreal Gazette and on the radio. However, of note, Hartley is a regular on RDS, and I have yet to hear one of his colleagues mention the strength of his candidacy. Hartley would be a solid choice, being a Stanley Cup winner, French speaker and strong media personality. That said, he’s not my favourite - I like Guy Carbonneau taking the reins again - but Hartley would be a good choice nonetheless.

Many expect the Habs to have a head coach in place by draft day. That suggests only a few more weeks until an announcement.

As an aside, a great piece on Hal Gill from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette:

Hal Gill on the Habs

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Everything I have heard is that he is a candidate, but the reason there is so much buzz out there about him is he is cashing in all his outstanding favours with reporters to make sure people keep mentioning his name.

Stil, he is a good coach and Montreal would do well with him.

Posted by BlackXinu on 05/29/12 at 09:28 PM ET

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