Habs silence spurred Robinson to Devils

Larry Robinson will return behind the Devils bench.
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The Canadiens’ silence was deafening, so Hall of Fame defenceman Larry Robinson today signed a two-year (plus an option) deal as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils.

Donnie Cape, Robinson’s long-time Montreal-based agent, spoke with then-Habs general manager Bob Gainey last September and was told the coaching staff for the 2009-10 season was complete.

Another conversation between Cape and Canadiens president Pierre Boivin in early December, before the Dec. 4 Centennial Game, took place and Cape was told to call back in March, as the season wore down. In March, Cape was asked to call back following the playoffs.

It seemed a role as at least a team ambassador was in the offing for Big Bird, who hoped to finish his hockey career with the Canadiens, but a couple of calls to Boivin and his office this week were not returned.

Today, Robinson signed as an assistant to new Devils coach John MacLean. Not since Rick Green have the Canadiens had a coach dedicated to the defence. Robinson seemed to be a good choice to work with the likes of P.K. Subban, Ryan O’Byrne and others on the blue line. But now he’ll be behind the bench of the Devils.

“Larry’s going to come on with his experience, both being a coach, a
defenceman,” MacLean said. “His knowledge of the game, I think it’ll be a great asset
for me and the players.”

Mario Tremblay, an assistant coach under former Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire, will be reassigned in the New Jersey system.


  1. Clay4bc says:

    …and your comment shows your complete and utter lack of the ability to grasp sarcasm…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  2. aemarchand11 says:

    I feel bad for whoever has to live with you, when you dont like something you just complain complain complain.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  3. pmaraw says:

    we’re fine guys, relax.  its only the start of the offseason.

  4. EricInStL says:

    Are the Molson brothers on vacation somewhere without any contact with the outside world ???

  5. TripleX says:

    According to Mr. Boone those 8 home playoff games put conservatively 20 million into the pockets of Geoff Molson.  Think the THREE AMIGOS are going anywhere soon?   Not in our lifetimes unless 21,000 fans decide to boycott.




    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  6. Mr. Biter says:

    I have worshiped at the shrine of LR since he came out of the dressing room 1/2 dressed and pounded the living s#@t out of Schultz to finish off the broad street bullies. I believe he would have made a great good will ambesador (bad spelling) but i believe we need an offensive coach not another defensive specialist. No one take this as a slight against Larry as he remains one of my favorite/ Greatest Habs in our history.

  7. punkster says:

    Right on to that comment B. Lou understands.


  8. Propwash says:

    Please, Like Robinson at his age needs the b.s that is the Habs organization.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  9. TripleX says:

    The only thing that could possibly save the day is the midnight signing of MAB to a 10 year multibillion dollar contract.

    Come on PG and JM, I know you want to do it.





    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  10. lavie says:

    Because Robinson is angry with Halak’s trade by PG.

  11. avatar_58 says:

    I can’t really give an opinion on this, my anger is still directed at the Halak trade

  12. yathehabsrule says:

    To play devil’s advocate, as much as I’d love to see him as an assistant in Montreal:

    If Robinson was interested in a coaching position, why did he wait until September to do it? Jacques Martin was hired on June 1, so he had plenty of time to talk to Bob Gainey.

    Seeing there was no mention either that the Devils gave him permission to talk to them, as he was a consultant with the team, one has to wonder if he was really serious about it. That would be questioned again with the December/March mentions. By the time March rolled by anyways, Gainey had left to become an “advisor”.

    One has to wonder too if his health was a concern. If I remember, he chose to leave the Devils after his second stint due to health and stress issues.


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  13. Caper says:

    Not even close and never will. Those times were depressing for fans. The Robinson thing really bugs me. That is history, tradition and a damn good hockey man, Jury is still out on a Halak.

  14. J. Ambrose says:

    Gauthier and Boivin bought an express ticket to Total Mess. The train should pull in there around December when we realize what we are missing (Boucher, Halak, Pleks, Robinson, a sense of direction).

  15. TripleX says:

    They have not even had a full season yet dude. From this auspicious beginning I see great things ahead.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  16. TripleX says:

    Larry Robinson is a jerk, how dare he presume that the mighty Habs would need his expertise as a defense coach.

    Have you people not listened?  Bob and now his protege PG DO NOT MAKE MISTAKES!  This franchise is the best in the whole wide world and you guys just don’t understand.  Mr. Robinson is not the right person for the Habs and since management is infallible you should all stop complaining.  What did Larry Robinson ever do?

    So what if we treated him rudely and did not return his calls?  Who is he?  PG is GM of the mighty Canadiens and makes lots of money for Geoff Molson so just shut up.

    This is Montreal and we know best.  So just shut up.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  17. ProHabs says:

    Is it April Fools day today.

  18. Caper says:

    Come on now. Houle regime was a total mess. This is no where near that mess.

  19. Caper says:

    Now this is something to complain about.

  20. zozotheclown says:

    Would have been nice to have Big Bird as our D coach over Pearn. Too bad we didn’t pick him up last year when the spot was open, probably has something to do with Pearn and JM being old friends. Nothing we could really do this time around, not unless Muller wanted to coach Hamilton, and I think we need him more then Robinson at this point.

  21. twocents says:

    That is a shame.

  22. ShangaDoo says:

    No Fkn Way?

    Seriously? I have no words.

  23. gmd says:

    If this is true it totally lacks any class and is yet another missed opportunity.


    Halak– traded for a bag of stale peanuts

    Robinson as a D coach–gone

    I hate to think what’s going to happen next….Boone for a soccer ball?

  24. J. Ambrose says:

    This current management is truly testing my allegiance to this club. Even during the dark days of Houle, I never felt as disenchanted with the direction of the club as I do now. If Geoff M. doesn’t take a close look at what Gauthier and Boivin are up to, he just may find the fortunes of this team in a nose-dive.



  25. Willy the bum says:

    I should be glad of the Halak trade, but the Robinson deal… the Habs organization has crossed the line!

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