It’s a bad Monday morning for coaches:
Bruce Boudreau has been fired in Washington, replaced by Dale Hunter.
And Canadiens alumnus Kirk Muller is back in the NHL, replacing Paul Maurice in Carolina.
Let’s get to the important issue:
With Dale Hunter leaving the OHL London Knights to coach the Washington Capitals, who will take over the nurturing of the Canadiens’ prize defence prospect?
The chance to play for Hunter was one of the factors that influenced Tinordi in deciding to play major junior hockey, rather than accepting a scholarship to Notre Dame University.
The list of NHLers Hunter has coached in London includes Rick Nash, Kyle Quincey, Dennis Wideman, Corey Perry, Sergei Kostitsyn, Dave Bolland, Rob Schremp, Steve Mason, Sam Gagner, Patrick Kane, Michael Del Zotto and John Carlson.
Hunter and Mark Tinordi, the Habs’ prospect’s father, were Washington teammates for four and a half seasons.
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Update from a spirited practice that includes puck-battle drills:
Andrei Markov is paired with Alexei Emelin. The other pairings: P.K.-Gorges, Diaz-Gill, Weber-St. Denis
Max Pacioretty is on the ice. His telephone chat with Brendan Shanahan will be later this morning.
Andrei Markov is practicing, and Chris Campoli is wearing a no-hit maroon jersey (regulars are in red and blue).
And Ryan White!
In a maroon jersey on the alternate rink.
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Lines are the ones we saw against Pittsburgh.