On to Boston

Where the red-hot Bruins await.
The Canadiens board a charter Sunday afternoon for the beginning of their longest road trip of the season.
Boston on Monday, then Chicago and Winnipeg back-to-back at midweek before a break for Christmas.
Then it’s Ottawa on the 27th, followed by the traditional end-of-year trip to Florida.

The hectic schedule means Randy Cunneyworth doesn’t have much time to tweak the system or install a new one. The only full-out practice the team has scheduled is Friday morning in Brossard.

Maybe it’s a good thing the Canadiens are getting out of Dodge.

They have slipped to 12th in the Eastern Conference and have lost a mind-boggling 13 of the 18 games they’ve played at the Bell Centre, where it’s beginning to dawn on fans that a 25th Stanley Cup is not viewable on the near horizon.

Stu Hackel on the sacking of Jacques Martin

Allen McInnis photo gallery

Pierre Ladouceur’s report card on the loss to New Jersey

Bertrand Raymond makes the case for Patrick Roy

Hockey Story of the Year!

And on the day Jacques Martin was fired, world music suffered a greater loss.


  1. tony d says:

    Just testing, none of my posts went through over the last 2 days

    Wanted, bilingual coach, experience not necessary, will train.
    Contact: wingnprayer@canadiens.com

  2. Mavid says:

    Creppy goof critter the best description I have heard and he is not that smart anyone with a laptop can google all the crap he spews who cares that so and so’s uncle was the zamboni driver in NY

  3. slychard says:

    Ok Mister Boone, I’ve had enough. I’m ready for bed and had a little to drink so don’t take this too personal but… fan’s can’t see the cup in the rear view mirror? Really????? You speak for a habs site that YOU not only brought to the masses, which I very much thank you for, but should take pride in, yet constantly denigrate and, well, defame like an ex-girlfriend. A site that you started for the fans which got you a regular gig at the almighty gazette in Montreal should normally hold a person in check. No. Why? I was born and raised in MTL and have been nothing but a fan through thick and thin weather living 5 years in enemy territory in Massachusetts or whatever. ( (did you watch a game at the old garden from the 2nd row behind the habs bench wearing a habs jersey for game 7 in 94? I did. It was not easy, but I did it it alone…(my friend pussied out at the last second) …get my drift? Here’s the point. You’ve been more than negative in your articles. Bull-crap dude. Can you see into the future? If so let me know so I can pick the right powerball winners in florida. Really. Bottom line is to stay positive. This site has a way of dragging a soul down the wrong path, I’ve made a point to stop reading them, maybe you should as well.

    Kiss my hAbSS!!!

    • JUST ME says:

      Hopefully it felt good for you to get it out of your system ! Kind of sums up pretty much what i think also but it does not sell papers.
      Actually fed up of the coverage the team gets. Negative all the way. Newspapers,radio,web , always something wrong ..Wanted Martin`s head on a platter ? Got it ! Now let`s get Gauthier`s…

      Don`t blame mister Boone , he`s not the worst , he only follows the trend of frustrated reporters that would rather look at the glass being half empty…

  4. bwoar says:

    First, I wish Jacques Martin every happiness. He was a fine coach until the game got younger, now he’s merely respectable.

    Trisomy 21:
    “If we were talking about business Matty, then this debate wouldn’t need to exist.”

    1,000 Golden Internets for you, sir. Game, set and match.

    “Good for business”, “reflects 95% of the fanbase”, “impossible to understand unless you’re a francophone”…. all different ways to say, “The REAL Quebec want to dictate the direction of the Club de Hockey de Montreal, and we feel 100% entitled to do so because our national pride is written in their history.” It’s the easiest thing in the world to set up unwinnable arguments against the anglo- and allophone fanbase, it’s the stock-in-trade of even the beginner nationalist and their numb enablers.

    There is a minority of people who care what language the coach of the Montreal Canadiens speaks. That minority is vocal enough on its own to attract a cadre of anglo apologists who continue to reinforce the aggressive narrative of an endless cultural occupation inflicting Quebec; whether for their own gain or for the love of playing to obvious sympathy. Address this phenomenon honestly and you will be branded as ignorant, an errant child at best, who doesn’t know any better; or worst: a knowing conqueror actively working to destroy Quebec.

    I simply don’t care what language the hockey coach speaks, and if you’ve an issue with an anglophone coach, it is ultimately YOUR issue. It’s not business, it’s not hockey, it’s hardly political. It’s personal. Many people who self-identify with the ‘real Quebec’ feel it is their duty to defend ‘their’ culture by demeaning the ‘other’. That’s common to most every culture. But it’s a *personal* choice first, and calling it national pride is just a way to cannonize self-centered entitlement as duty (at best) or decerebrate cultural antipathy as honourable conviction (at worst).

    All that said, I’d bounce Gainey & Gauthier and hire St. Patrick asap. We deserve a little entertainment with our poorly managed hockey team. Who could disagree with that?

  5. habstrinifan says:

    Is there a team somewhere that plays with exactly the same colours as the Montreal Canadiens. I want to change my allegiance. I cant support another NHL team.. just cant do it. But I am too old to go thru this BS language/french coach thing AGAIN!

    The race (language) card gets old. Been there done that!

    • OneTimer says:

      Is a third of a bumpy season all it takes for you to change allegiance?

      Come on Trini, you’re better than that!

      • habstrinifan says:

        It’s not the season’s troubles man. It’s this brewing language storm. I cant come to the site without really feeling bad for Randy Cunneyworth an dthe position that he has been put in. I dont know if you understand but it really shames me thinking about the strife this man.. and by extension his family, is in for UNLESS he either wins like crazy or some players/management/etc come out and tell the a-holes to shut up.

        The man said he will be learning french and they are still going on and on. I cant make a fans demand from him, the coach… without worrying about him.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Um, BlueJackets, Jets come to mind lol

      “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  6. habstrinifan says:

    I posted yesterday that PG, Molson, some players and some french alumnis should have a press conference and tak ethis language/coach thing HEAD ON!

    Someone immediately jumped off their couch of serenity and replied that I kow nothing about dealing with the press and implied that it will be making something out of nothing by addressing it.

    Wonder what that poster thinks now as the ‘coach must be french’ and ‘lets hire Roy’ gang have taken over the public issue and making it their cause celebre….. and RC hasnt even had the job for a week yet.
    Poor Cunneyworth. Another sign of the blindness of PG and the gang.

  7. habstrinifan says:

    Every visit I make to HIO now my concern for Randy Cunneyworth grows. I hope he has a very very strong will and is ready for all the ‘who should be coach’ crap.

    I see someone posted that Roy said he would ‘listen’. So St. Patrick has just tossed some coals onto the fire.

    I love Roy the player but I wish this time he had remained quiet… or said something like the HABS have a coach right now.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Is Cunnyworth not considered an interim coach?

      “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  8. gerrybell says:

    it is so sad that this once great franchise is so transparent that Patrick Roy seems like the right choice for this team as their head coach. a guy who turned his back on this franchise in 1995 and demanded a trade (curse of Ruth) then wouldnt play for the habs in the first outdoor game in edmonton. retiring the guys number was the only way to make nice with Roy.

    this is the greatest franchise in hockey and one of the greatest in sports. it should demand a top level coach. i dont care if he speaks chinese – find him and hire him! we dont need another rookie head coach.

    lately the habs have become the farm system for head coaches for other teams. i wont write the list. so how are we left without a qualified person for our head coaching position when it comes available?

    like i said before, find the best coach and hire him. all you french idiots out there can cry we need a francophone for the head coach spot. two best hab coaches (Blake and Bowman) were not french. we have not won a single thing since 1993 with our french head coaches. perhaps the best man for the job isnt francophone.

    i want what is best for the only team in sports i have ever cared about since 1985- not what is best for the province of Quebec. sports is a business and money doesnt know nationality. grow up.


  9. doogie says:

    Did the Expo’s manager speak French? Was he supposed to? Or just play baseball?

    The debate will rage forever with Cunneyworth behind the bench. Poor guy doesn’t really have a snowballs chance does he?

    What happens if Mike Babcock wants the job? No, sorry Mike.

  10. ricklamothe says:

    Can someone please explain to me how a guy making his NHL debut as Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens would play an ice scrapper like Matt Darche for almost 20 minutes, 2nd most ice time for any forward.

    What type of result was he expecting to have, Darche would have a hard time earning 20 minutes a night in hamilton.
    And we wonder why the players arent playing hard, why the hell would they!!

    Also what i find even funnier is that if Darche was from Ontario the RDS crew would be all over it, but hes from quebec, so his 3pts on the year justify the ice time I guess.

    • Mike D says:

      I hear you, but the reason Darche got so much ice time is because he was used on the PK in place of Cammy – which is a good thing.

      He was also on the 3rd line last night playing with Eller and RC finally gave Eller and his line more ice time – which is also a good thing.

      Your point is still valid but that’s why his TOI was so high. If Gio and Moen are in the lineup, Darche is on the 4th line, used sparingly at ES and on the 2nd PK unit.

      – Honestly yours

  11. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Besame Mucho (Kiss me more) …ironically was written by a 15 year old Mexican girl who was then a virgin and had never been kissed herself at the time …one of My favourite songs, though My preferred version was sung by Andrea Bocelli …but Cesaria Evora’s a close second

    …listening to Boone’s YouTube link also made Me stumble upon Charles Aznavour’s & Nana Mouskouri’s ‘Mourir d’Aimer’ as well …a romantic and much appreciated diversion from the silly meaningless talk about language and hockey

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  12. Neutral says:

    How about trying these lines to see what happens.

    Max-pac Pleks Kostitsyn
    Moen Desharnais Cole
    Cammy Leblanc Gionta
    Nokelainen Eller Blunden

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I wouldn’t break up the Cole-DD-Max P. They are playing well and are the best line.

      Leblanc needs to go to Hamilton. He will be a good NHL player but send him down so he can develop in a top 6 role where he belongs.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        I agree with your assement of LL.He is going to become a very good NHL’er but needs to bulk up a bit. he’s got the Balls to play allready as well as the skills but someone is going to lay some hurt on him so let him mature 1 more year, get bigger,stronger and watch out. And when BG comes up from Juniors they are going to become a real pair of scorers for a number of years. Lets not rush them and in 2 years watch out. 2 young snipers for a long time. And that’s just about the time Cammy, Gionta and Gomers contracts come up so if we can’t trade them or hopefully they return to form under the new system RC is going to install. God I can barely wait.

        Mr. Biter

        • The Dude says:

          Mr Biter,just read your reply to my reply…remember you put my back against the wall and asked me who else could be the coach right now and I’m HI-LIGHTING your “NOW” ……And I replied: Carbo ,Roy and Dryden. Carbo would jump right in AND imo so would Roy”no matter what he said about contracts” and all this is for not without another G.M. cause Gauthier’s a bad match with the “Ultimate Hockey Team of ALL TIME” so I said Dryden as a interim G.M.after all it worked for the Leafs.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Unless the team starts winning like crazy and Louis LeBlanc is not contributing then Louis is STAYING.

        No way will PG and Cunneyworth invite even more ire from the French press etc by sending down Louis if the team is still just treading water.

        As I write this I cant help but wonder at the perfect storm scenario people like Cantin have locked into. The Parti Quebecois was all but dead (from an outsider’s perspective..ottawa) and the NDP was on the verge of awakening the Quebec innate ‘left’ tendencies. What happens? Jack Layton dies and the Quebec love affair with the NDP wanes. Habs are sucking and have gone and hired a unilingual English coach and the Partic Quebecois and others are sharpening their knives to use the HABS as whipping boy for political gain.

        If you think I am exaggerating.. you stay tuned. It will be fun.

    • ricklamothe says:

      Any lineup without Darche in it is fine by me.

  13. Neutral says:

    the teams they have to play the rest of the month – they may pick up 6 points – and that’s just a maybe – any more than that will be a bonus.

  14. Timo says:

    IMHO, Roy as a coach will be another disaster just like Carbo or Gainey. I think former Habs greats should not get involved in managing or coaching Montreal Canadiens.

  15. vegas says:

    So Patrick Roy has announced that he would interested to listen.

    Unless Cunneyworth pulls a rabbit out of a hat and turns this team around and brings it deep into the playoffs, I think Roy will be the man in 2012

    so lets see what else is missing
    we have a goalie coach
    Carbonneau as an assitant?
    Tremblay would have been nice as the other but I don’t think Roy and Tremblay have mended things to the point that they would be able to work together
    So we need another assistant, Roy can find him. Robinson for D would be nice, who knows maybe Gill

    Now for the missing piece.

    Does McGuire speak some french. I am sure he does, he lived in Montreal. I’m sure I have heard speak in french before but it must have been a while ago

    McGuire – GM
    Roy – Headcoach
    Carbonneau – Assistant

    • Lizardking89 says:

      I wouldn’t let Mcguire any where near this team to be honest. He’s a knowledgeable hockey man yes but there’s a reason why he hasn’t gotten another coaching job or a shot at being GM.

      • rjonline1 says:

        This sounds like the worst thing ever. Where does this idea that Roy would be a good coach come from?

        • Mr. Biter says:

          RC has 8 years coaching in the AHL but nothing compares to the great one PR who has coached junior for 8 years. I’m sorry I have not forgiven Roy for quiting on the Habs and never will, Would never want a quitter on our coaching staff let alone head coach. He was a great great goalie( I admire his goaltending ability as he was one of the best) and if he would have stayed we probably would
          have won at least 1 maybe 2 more cups.

          Mr. Biter

    • kholdstare says:

      This has to be the worst idea ever. Pierre McGuire is a flat out creepy goofy critter. He is terrible.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …McGuire is a ‘no-possibility’ for Me too

      …but, that’s one of the interesting challenges of the hypothesis of Patrick Roy as the coach of the Montreal Canadiens …Patrick’s ‘head’ is several sizes larger than the current GMs

      …Patrick will have his vision set-in-stone WHAT kind of Team the Montreal Canadiens must be …He will have demands for input on what players are required to sign and unload

      …maybe ? …Patrick both GM & Coach ?

      …highly unlikely, but whose ego out-there could be compatible with Patrick’s ?

      …hmmm, can We convince Brian Burke that Montreal is the ‘real’ centre of the Hockey Universe ???

      …AND, can We convince Burkie to learn ‘parlez-vous’ ??? 🙂

      Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    • kakey says:

      Pierre McGuire is born in New Jersey.

  16. JUST ME says:

    This whole thing goes beyond the need to have a bilingual coach. I have read and heard a lot of nonsense. It`s as if by having a bilingual coach, the french culture would be saved. Come on ! This is a sport, a hockey team nothing else.Yes there will be a bilingual coach hired after the season but it`s not as if it is essential to the survival of the french culture in Québec.

    I just do not understand all the fuss around it as i don`t understand quite a few journalists getting on the bandwagon…Makes me sick and wonder where our priorities are . Meanwhile the government does as it pleases and we let them do anything. If there is a problem to be solved with the language it should be adressed to the government not towards a hockey team !

  17. Mr. Biter says:

    Just to keep this going and show how silly it is, The Quebec Media would just go nuts if one of the other 29 NHL teams announced that only anglo coaches need apply as their fans or players have trouble understanding the coach. can you imagine the firestorm. Human rights groups would be outraged. Boycotts threatened. NDP outraged. No, the other teams hire who they think can guide them to the Stanley Cup not how they talk to the media.

    Mr. Biter

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …it is likely premature to talk about Patrick Roy as a potential Montreal Canadiens head coach while RC is still here …but, unfair or not, the specter of Roy will be prominent over Randy Cunneyworth’s shoulder unless/until Randy can turn Our Team around and quiet the din

    …from the hypothetical prospect, now that Boucher and Kirk Muller are presently in Our rear-view mirror, I would enthusiastically consider Patrick Roy as Our Coach

    …there are many risks involved with Roy …but I think they are worth the gamble

    …on the negative side, of course, is how emotionally-stable is this Hero of Ours ? …well, emotionally stable enough to own/gm & coach a very successful junior franchise …not many of Us have done such, at least in hockey

    …there would be a steep-learning curve to transition from junior-hockey to the NHL …but, Patrick was, unlike Jacques Martin or Guy Boucher, an NHL superstar

    …Patrick won a Memorial Cup, which Guy Boucher had not I believe

    …Patrick ‘knows’ how to coach the new generation of hockey, which is critical in the increasingly younger age-average of NHL players

    …Patrick would provide a much needed identity and presence for the Montreal Canadiens, both in Quebec and without …Patrick would make sure the Montreal Canadiens would be respected and not easily intimidated any more …and build Our Team accordingly

    …Patrick has drafted and cultivated numerous European/Russian players on His QMHL team that should mean He will value Our non-Canadian/Quebec assets

    …Patrick will provide Our Habs some long missing ‘sex-appeal’ marketing-wise, and for attracting free-agent talent …whether they be ‘homeboys’ or otherwise

    …and, if Patrick fails and becomes but another burnt-corpse of an ex-Habs’ Coach …well, at least the fantasies of the Francophone media would be satiated and brought back to a semblance of reality

    …yeah, when I think it out, the more I think it is well within reason the potential positives of Patrick Roy as Coach of the Montreal Canadiens far outweigh the ‘risks’

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  19. slapshot777 says:

    Without the media constantly bringing up the issue, it would pretty much be a non issue. I know that the language police will always have a few things to say, but without the media constantly fanning the flames this would never be a big deal.

  20. matraque says:

    The coach needs to be able to speak french. Gainey french is good enough. It shows respect to the vast majority of your fan base, the province, the culture and history of the Habs. It’s also good for business.

    Yes, you go for the best candidate, and he needs to get up to speed in french. Plain and simple. Like it or not, this is how it’s going to be.

    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  21. HardHabits says:

    I think this team can make some noise in the play-offs. Then again so does passing gas. The Leafs have truculence. The Habs, flatulence.

    • solomio says:

      You’ve got quite a lot of wind yourself there HH !!

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  22. Neutral says:

    A french coach for a team with 3 french players on it – whom ever suggested that should have their head read – if that’s what they want in montreal make the team at least half french players – the hell with the media – they don’t win stanley cups.

  23. solomio says:

    I agree that the Habs should have a bilingual coach.
    I note that the Alouettes put 20,000 behinds in their stadium every game yet have an American English only coach. I think Quebecers understand that a good football coach comes from the U.S. and will more likely than not, speak English.
    On the other hand there are or have been pro caliber bilingual hockey coaches around. Quebec fans deserve that. They also deserve a winner.
    They also deserve that both in football and hockey the referees should make their announcements in both English and French.
    I think that is not asking too much.

    “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  24. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …one of the outstanding characteristics, to Myself, of the Gomez and JM-era of the Montreal Canadiens, has been the close-knit band-of-brothers feeling I perceived in the locker-room and on the ice

    …this team-identity and bonding was a significant part of the over-reaching success and spirit of Our Team these past couple of years

    …the obvious character leaders on the Team included the obvious, like Josh Gorges and Gill, …but also included Gionta, a then enthusiastic Mike Cammalleri, Pleks, Spacek, PK, Darche, the departed Hamrlik, and yes, even Gomer Himself

    …that enthusiasm and leadership seems now to be waning …likely as a result of the wear & tear of insane fan expectations, the politics and loss of some of the core of that leadership

    …I, as a Fan, was not content with Jacques Martin hockey inside the CH sweaters on the ice …Jacques style was, in My opinion, antithetical to how I want to see the Montreal Canadiens play the game of hockey

    …I, as a Fan, feel language should not be relevant when choosing the best coach possible

    …but, I do disagree how it was done …by Pierre Gauthier and Geoff Molson

    …I don’t like the visuals or the spirituals of firing anyOne so close to Christmas …I think different Players will respond in different ways, but overall I believe the lack of class this ‘business’ impacts negatively on One’s (Players’) feelings for the organization

    …if I had been Molson, (and I believe it is Molson’s purvue, not Gauthier’s) …I would, before firing Jacques Martin, make a general statement of My business philosophy to the French as well as English-speaking hacks in the media that cover the Montreal Canadiens, that I will hire whom I believe will benefit most to the success of the Montreal Canadiens no matter their abilities to speak French …because I believe most French speaking and non-French speaking Fans of the Montreal Canadiens only want success on the ice

    …not doing so, I think both Molson and Gauthier has put Randy Cunneyworth in an almost untenable position, …it also is likely to risk further resentful language/political factions in the locker-room …and, these language/political resentments will reinforce the Brieres and Lecavaliers justifications to play in the saner and warmer climes of the NHL

    …canning JM was inevitable and in the best interests of Our Habs …but not before Christmas, not before making a thorough evaluation of available French-speaking coaching prospects, and not before preparing the media sufficiently to prevent them from making a media forest-fire out of this

    …My opinion is that Pierre Gauthier and Geoff Molson grossly bungled this …and a good-man (Randy Cunneyworth) is now caught in the middle

    …even worse to Myself, is to contemplate how this plays-out on the ice as far as Our Player’s will to play for Their Fans, and making it more difficult attracting talented players and coaches to work for the Montreal Canadiens long-term

    …notwithstanding providing PK, Carey and Josh second-thoughts on re-signing this summer

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    • CanadienBoy says:

      Cunny got the steering wheel right now just let him do is thing and will see, think of it the guy was a legitimate grinder above average and a Captain true to his hard work and he’s got intensity just what we need,remember Mike Keane was in the Roy trade

  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    RDS making life difficult for Cunneyworth already:


    Although, in fairness it is a reasonable thing to ask him.

    I’ve said it before, but I think the only legitimate candidate to coach the Habs next year (unless RC pulls a Martin and takes us far in the playoffs, or Mike Babcock decides he needs a new challenge) is Patrick Roy. This would almost certainly require Gauthier to step aside however.

  26. ProHabs says:

    It is time to trade Price, Subban, Eller, Leblanc, MaxPac and draft picks and build this team around Mathieu Darche. Darche might only have about a year left in him. The window of opportunity is closing quickly. How much longer will he be able to play 20 minutes a game.

  27. Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, Andre Markov, Mike Cammalleri, Eric Cole and Tomas Plekanec all have a NMC. How is PG going to fix this mess or does he stay with want the team has right now?

    When this team EVER gets healthy and plays injury free for rest of season. There is a very good chance they could make some noise going into the playoffs.

    Andre Markov should be used for PP and as a 5 or 6 D until playoffs. AM needs all the time to get into game shape and be ready for a good playoff run.

    PG still can make a few trades at the deadline to better the Habs chances. Lets see what unfolds in the weeks to come? Here is how they should look for line combinations. Might need some tweaking to get all lines scoring.

    1st Line – Cammalleri – Plekanec – Kostitsyn

    Gorges – Subban

    2nd Line – Pacioretty – Deharnais – Cole

    Kaberle – Emelin

    3rd Line – Moen – Eller – Gionta

    Gill – Markov

    4th Line – Darche – Gomez – White


    Spares: Leblanc – Nokelainen – Blunden

    Campoli – Weber – Diaz

    • Le Jadester says:

      AK 46 should be with Eller IMO.
      Don’t know why they break the two of them up ?

      Habs, OLE !

    • solomio says:

      Maxpac / DD & Cole. They are on fire! Thats your first line
      Cammy / Plex and Gionta is your second line.
      Kots / Eller and Leblanc. Thats your third line
      Your fourth line is Moen/Nokelainen/Darche

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  28. Habsolutely says:

    I see things differently. My opinion is that the team should have the best coach available, whether he speaks french or not. The team needs a coach that is a great hockey person who can motivate his players and out strategize the other 29 coaches. I think the team needs a french GM, but not like PG. A french GM that is the french version of Brian Burke, always talking to the media, giving them lots of sound bites and generally keeping them happy. That way the coach and the players can focus on winning hockey games.

  29. Danno says:

    Does Budaj get the call on Thursday against the Jets?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  30. Mavid says:

    nothing for Cole..

    second place is just the first loser

  31. montreal ace says:

    People will write anything to sell a newspaper, and controversy sells in english and french. I hope Cunny takes sometime to learn french and shows people he relates to them as fans. The Canadiens cant hire culture, people have it or they dont. I supported JM up till the flyers game, where he looked like he had no new ideas, and even worse he did not care. I complain about the refs not being fair, time to time,and I was getting the same feelings from JM about fairness, and I am not one of his players. Cunny has a big job in front of him, its going to be interesting to see how the players support him, the best support would be a culture of winning.

    • SmartDog says:

      I hope he does too. Hard to learn French as you get older… but to just get going is not that hard and I think if he put in a little time now with some phrases and did some intensive stuff in teh summer he could at least speak with a mix of French-English and that would show a lot of respect and satisfy most people. Everyone knows it takes time…. and though I think an English coach is fine, if it were ME, I could not imagine anything but trying to learn the language, even if progress was slow, I’d be proud of every “merci” and “desole, je comprendre pas” along the way.

      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • Mr. Biter says:

        I’d worry more about getting the Habs into the Playoffs than learning French. If we make the Playoffs and go at least a few rounds RC can have all summer to brush up on his French.

        Mr. Biter

        • SmartDog says:

          I’m with you. Between now and then he should just say “merci” and a few other phrases. I don’t like dumping on Koivu but honestly I never got why he couldn’t say “merci”. Even Muller eventually did.. I mean why not at least show that you give a crap?

          Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  32. gumper says:

    Heading off to bed tonight with questions on my mind. We all have to admit that it ranges between possible and probable somewhere (leaning towards likely) that our Habs will be on the outside looking in at trade deadline time this spring. Who will be the guy pulling the trigger on the moves this team will be compelled to make? Does anyone believe that M. Gauthier has the trust of Mr. Molson? Does anyone believe that he should? And if not, who will it be, and will that move be made in time for a new GM to be capable of making intelligent, informed decisions in time? The Cunneyworth stopgap measure indeed smacks of desperation, as Stu Hackel states, and like all desperation moves, there is no clear plan. Randy Cunneyworth may be a fine gentleman and a good AHL coach, but did anyone really think of him as the solution to the Habs coaching issues? So, the question I’ll be sleeping on tonight is, “Who’s steering the ship?” If it’s not to be Gauthier who makes the decisions this spring, that change must take place with all due haste. Surely Geoff Molson can see that. If not, I fear we are heading into iceberg alley.

  33. HabsByTheBay says:

    The language argument is so tedious but both sides have good points. We don’t need more of a Québécois presence, we need more of a good Québécois presence. The Habs are the worldwide symbol of French Canada and I think they do indeed have a certain responsibility to have a French language presence. Problem is the Habs can’t find good local talent to save their life and it becomes catfights over grinders and coaches (I think your average Franco would choose more top six Franco forwards over a coach ten out of ten).

    • nickster13 says:

      The team does not have to represent all of french canada. That’s not fair, and not fair to the millions of anglos that support or watch them too.

      • Bripro says:

        The Habs were the number one news items of the year last year in Quebec. The number one news story of 2010 was Halak.
        It surpassed (by far) any global story; from Chile’s mining disaster/rescue, the Wikileaks’ leaks, the Norwegian massacre and even the imminent implosion of Greece.
        Do Habs’ fans have any empathy for victims of world crisis? It doesn’t appear that way.
        Whether it’s fair or not, many in the french media are still stuck in the 70s when it comes to their covered stories.
        Don’t get me wrong. I am fluently bilingual growing up in a french area of the South Shore of Montreal so language is not an issue.
        This is not an english separatist rant. I socialize and work with both sides, and I understand both sides.
        But proper cultural and linguistic representation is a requirement for many insecure about Quebec’s interests. And as always, the media leads the push.
        Do I think we need to have a french or bilingual coach to motivate the players? Absolutely not. I doubt much french is spoken in the dressing room in the first place..
        But do the Habs need french public representation for the large contingent of french fans in Quebec?
        It would certainly help and it would show that the organization does in fact respect its fan base, which as Matty pointed out, is predominantly french.
        Like it or not, it’s a prerequisite. Living in Quebec, language issues will always be a touchy subject.
        As long as we can all bitch about it within the borders of this great Canadian country of ours, that’s fine with me.

        • nickster13 says:

          Thats fine, im all for having french speakers well represented in the organization like PR, the equipment guys, the creative staff, the behind the scenes people and ushers, but when it comes to hockey coaches or gms dealing with europeans and americans who dont speak a lick of french, i want the best communicator and the best person for that job, not as a PR guy.
          I love french and speak it quite well, but really some people are so nervous about their language disappearing.

          • Bripro says:

            ” some people are so nervous about their language disappearing ”

            It’s been going on for centuries, and you and I both know that will never stop. That’s the insecurity I mentioned.

    • solomio says:

      Quote…” The Habs are the worldwide symbol of French Canada ” unquote.

      Get out of here. Where the hell did you come up with that?

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  34. slimjim111 says:

    Can we please cut the crap with the whole Anglophone issue! Last time I checked you don’t get an honorary mention for winning the cup with a francophone coach. Folks, do you want to win games and the cup or do you want to have a francophone coach behind the bench with a record that would no longer bring fans to the Bell Centre? It’s time to swallow your pride.

    I don’t see any European football clubs crying over the fact that their clubs are ran by foreign coaches/managers. They just look at results, I suggest we grow up and do the same!

    Oh and a last reminder, 19 of the 24 cups that the Habs won were under an anglophone coach… Was it really THAT bad for everyone?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      You’re wrong about soccer.

      It is very rare for a coach not to speak the local language, and it does cause problems.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Jurgen Klinsmann, German, Head Coach USA NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM. At least the Americans went and hired the best coach available regardless what country he was born and what his 1st language is.

        Mr. Biter

        • slimjim111 says:

          Ummm… No, I’m not wrong about football because I live in Europe and have been for the past 10 years.

          The head of Barcelona was Rijkaard for years and he is Dutch where he actually won the Champions League even though he did learn Spanish and not Catalan, which is what people in Barcelona speak. He was also head of Galatasaray (in Turkey) where he didn’t speak a word of Turkish. The head of Bayern Munich was Giovanni Trapattoni for years, won 3 major titles and didn’t speak a word of German, yet won championships and probably gave them the best run in years.

          There are tons of examples like this…

          But honestly, english is a given for anyone in the world, whether you work in media, IT, finance or even Mcdonalds… you have to know it or at least a basic grasp of it. I’m sure the folks at RDS can try as hard in learning it as RC can try to learn a bit of french to get by.

  35. solomio says:

    Habs are not out of the playoff picture. They are in a playoff race.
    On paper they do have the guns to get them there. I think the coaching change will do wonders for the team, on and off the ice.
    Price will need a rest. Florida should be good timing. Put Budaj in for Tampa and Florida.

    “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  36. mrhabby says:

    what this silly language debate does is take away from the real focus which is what this team has not been able to do since 1993 is win a cup. all the freaking drama is very frustrating.

  37. SmartDog says:

    One of the best parts of that article about Cunneyworth is the photo.
    He’s actually ARGUING with a ref! I don’t know which is CRAZIER? That, or actually talking to his players. This guy is NUTS!!! And I love it!

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …and, on this same RDS link are 2 interviews with Patrick Roy …excuse My inability to definitively translate from French, but it seemed either to say Roy thanks His fans for considering him as a possible candidate to be the Coach of the Montreal Canadiens …or, He is saying He was contacted about His interest to coach the Canadiens BEFORE RC’s hiring, but Roy replied to Gauthier that His first priority was to finish His QMHL Quebec City team’s season before considering to coach in the NHL

      …can someOne with more expertise in the language of Moliere please give it a listen to confirm which is correct ?

      Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    • Habmyster says:

      Why?What make him such a good choice.If the guy has to be able to speak french what about Bob Harley.Get the best coach out there.Who cares about the the french press who cover there french identity as a cover for racism.If we start listening to them & there feeling of self importance we have to flush this team down the toilet.

  38. aemarchand11 says:

    I find it a disgrace that Cunneyworth’s inability to speak french should rule him out of a long term coaching position, if successful with the Montreal Canadiens. All fans want the team to win, not be mediocre with the odd glimse of brilliance.

    My question is what is the big deal of having an english coach? RDS clearly has french subtitles for our francophone fans to follow along, and their reporters should be fluent in both languages to conduct interviews. English quotes are also easily translatable with modern technology for newapaper articles, blogs, etc.. When we go through the history of this franchise, we were most successful when we had english coaches at the helm. Not because of their language, because they were the best at the jobs.

    As an English fan, who can communicate in french, I am insulted that great english coaches and GM’s are not considered candidates because they dont speak Canada’s second language. Does our fanbase want to win Stanley Cups? Or just make sure we can have bilingual excuses following loses and early playoff exits?

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Excellent post.

      Mr. Biter

    • Habfan4lfe says:

      PG himself said the coach will have to learn French. I agree with you about the language. In my mind it is discrimination. You hire the best person and language should not matter if it is English or French. Why can’t a reporter interpret and re-say in French? I’m sure if you add up all the fans in America, English outweighs French. We are forced most times to watch the games on French RDS to watch our Canadian hockey team. It doesn’t matter. If Randy can’t pick up French everyone knows he will be gone. Maybe a lot of you don’t know but in Quebec you must have signs in French and optionally English, if you don’t in most cases you get fined. You can get hairy about it all you want but facts are facts, the coach must speak French or he wont stay long. Hint, Muller leaving Montreal. I rather have Roy or Boucher if given a choice. Roy for his NHL experience and his energy and smarts. He is someone people can look up to.

  39. rogieshan says:

    There simply was no other qualified, in-house candidate besides Cunneyworth. Gauthier was fully committed to Martin – hence, the extension and firing-compensation clause – and firing him before his term is finished was the last thing he expected to do. Cunneyworth was a safe hire as an assistant coach, someone who wouldn’t undermine Jacques’ head status and create fan controversy. The fact he is suddenly being handed the task to run the team – and assigning Carriere to be the Francophone voice – underscores the turmoil in upper management and that Cunneyworth’s appointment is nothing more than a short-gap measure to buy Molson more time to find a permanent replacement.

    All it takes is one sovereignist in the press to stir the pot and you have people clamouring over one another to take sides. The Habs are an easy target – rightfully or wrongfully. I just feel sorry for the team and its players, because politics should be the farthest thing from their mind right now.

  40. 24 Cups says:

    Jack Todd’s latest. Love him or hate him, he’s certainly not afraid to speak his mind.


    • Mattyleg says:

      It’s just that it’s such a terribly small mind…

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Mr. Biter says:

        A very small mind. Actually for once his ranting was fairly rational until his usual heroes and zeros. He forgot Gomez (1st time since he came here, so must have been a typo) but now he’s on Tim Tebow. If we had some more Tim Tebow’s (Not talking about the religious aspect) but some one who has been told for 2 years he’ll never be an NFL Q-Back and by hook or crook has lead his team to 6 straight wins (bronco’s losing as I type to the Pats the best team in the AFL) so Todd will be happy. What we need is that “winners attitude” or “never say it’s over” he seems to bring to the bronco’s.

        Mr. Biter

    • rogieshan says:

      Todd alludes to Gauthier not willing to deal with “the Gomez mess.” I would argue that the GM was mandated not to out of loyalty to Bob Gainey, whose presence is still felt upstairs.

    • Psycho29 says:

      If they would have fired Gauthier instead of Martin, Jack Fraud would still have said that “the wrong guy” was fired.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      He makes good points as well as bad ones. Not keeping Moore and Halpern was stupid but Wisniewski and Hamrlik? Completely reasonable to let them go in my point of view. Meathead Claude Julien is another point. If the Habs score in OT of game 7 he would have been fired last summer. I really don´t like this black and white bs…

      Of course Gauthier made mistakes and tried to save his own arse but does Todd really think Jacques Martin should have stayed? The guy who looked half-dead behind the bench? The guy who loves veterans so much that they are never benched while certain young players are after one single mistake? A head coach who is anything else but a proven winner? A man who… Well, I don´t want to go on with this.

      • Mark C says:

        If Hamrlik was still here on a 2-year $7M deal, while having 1 point and minus-10 in 27 games, I’m sure he’d be a “zero”. Of course, Todd thinks Jaro Spacek has “sandpaper,” so he clearly isn’t playing too much attention. Todd seems willing to put forward any lie to forward his narrative.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Good point Bob about Jullien, If he’d have lost vs. the Habs he was gone in Boston. What difference 1 goal can make.

        Mr. Biter

    • Propwash says:

      Wasn’t he on the “Fire Martin” bandwagon in the first place?

      Being negative has its advantages,
      you’re never disappointed.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Where does one start?

      “So, it’s a week before Christmas ”

      Irrelevant. Martin isn’t going broke (in fact he still gets paid). Why would you take that into account when firing a coach anyway – if he has to go keeping him an extra two weeks is silly.

      “he has been singularly inept when it comes to hanging on to his own talent – letting Dominic Moore go, and Roman Hamrlik, and Wisniewski, and the useful Jeff Halpern.”

      Moore and Halpern are minor players. Hamrlik and Wiz are in the bottom 1% of the league in plus/minus.

      “He alienated Josh Gorges”

      How does he know? And it doesn’t really look alienated does he?

      “failed to sign Carey Price long-term”

      He’s a RFA. Does Todd understand this?

      “backed himself into a terrible corner with the fat, long-term contracts of Markov, Kaberle, Gomez, Cammalleri and Brian Gionta –

      The last three were signed by Gainey. Who wouldn’t have signed Markov? And Kaberle’s contract isn’t bad. It’s an average contract for his contribution.

      “a total cap hit in excess of $28.5 million for next season for only five players”

      Like every other competitive team in the NHL.

      “Kaberle, represents an enormous gamble, ”

      Really? At 4.25M? It’s a minor gamble at best, and not even much of a gamble. Todd called it “incompetent” not to give a little less than that to Hamrlik who is 38.

      “Brian Burke talks to the media constantly.”

      Great example.

      “The Réjean Tremblays of Quebec might swallow this for a month or two, but the instant things go bad, they’re going to blame the anglo.”

      The instant things go bad everyone will blame someone, starting with the headless chicken Jack Todd.

      “who has been frantically trying to get this team on track after betting the farm that Andrei Markov would be healthy and that Scott Gomez, at long last, would be productive.”

      Once again he did not sign Gomez. The only option is to buy out Gomez and that doesn’t help you. You can’t put the cash out on the ice. Also he did not “bet the farm” on Markov.


      Jack Todd is irrational and can’t put together coherent thoughts on paper. He sounds like that passive-aggressive girl/boyfriend you briefly dated who always blamed you for everything. He is part of the media crazies that make coaching the Habs impossible: they aren’t journalists, they are emotionally unstable, not very intelligent fans.

      • Mark C says:

        Great break down of Todd’s craziness.

        This might be my favorite: “failed to sign Carey Price long-term”

        Can you Imagine how badly Todd (a Halak backer) would have ripped PG had he given Price a 5-year deal after the season he had in 2009-10?

      • Bripro says:

        One point I would argue with you is your analysis of Moore and Halpern.
        Moore leaves everything on the ice. They show games with Tampa on RDS fairly often, and he’s a hell of a hustler.
        And Halpern has the best face-off percentage in the NHL.
        And that helps stimulate puck control.
        As for the rest, you won’t find any argument from me.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Halpern and Moore are both fine players, although not game changers.

          But the point I’m making is that to bring them up as examples of managerial incompetence is crazy.

      • jmsheehy19 says:

        I really liked Moore and would have loved to keep either him or Halpern, but I could not agree more with your Todd assessment. Complete and utter clown.

  41. Bill says:

    I like Randy C and he’ll be a good coach somewhere. Just not here. You can complain all you want, but the language police have run Quebec since the last referendum, and they’re not going to accept an Anglo as coach, even if they call him an interim. Cunneyworth could win the Cup and there is no way he would be retained. Deal with it.

    He’s coach right now for one reason only: money. He was already on the payroll. Obviously, for Molson to agree to swallow the cash hit of Martin’s firing, the condition was that no extra expense be incurred this season. Don’t believe it? Look who’s the new assistant coach: another guy already on the payroll, a front office stooge with zero pro coaching experience.

    Actually, maybe Randy C WILL be back next year, since JM has another year on the contract … but I doubt Molson is quite THAT cheap.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Mattyleg says:

      It doesn’t have anything to do with the language police, Bill.
      It’s about wanting a coach that will be able to speak to 95% of the team’s fans. Imagine the manager of the England football (soccer) team that couldn’t speak a word of English.
      Not good for support.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        I think it’s more like Remember the Titans, and people don’t want to see a black man running the show. I think the people who are bothered most by this aren’t even hockey fans. I just want what’s best for the team, couldn’t care less about what happened 50 years ago.
        Man I hope RC has a backbone like Denzel Washington. In fact what the hell is he doing right now?

        • Mattyleg says:

          Two things here, Tri;
          1) This is not the same thing as racism,
          b) It’s all well and good that you don’t care what happened 50 years ago (and for your information, it was still ‘happening’ 30 years ago) but many, many people do. So it ain’t all about you, man.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • SmartDog says:

            The nationalism in Quebec borders on racism. I don’t want to get into a battle over it, but I had a friend who did a PhD on Quebec nationalism and tolerance and it was quite shocking.

            The fact that there may have been a legitimate need to make changes to reduce anglo-control of a largely French region is one thing. But it doesn’t justify everything that goes on today.

            Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

          • Trisomy 21 says:

            Alpha) It’s not the same but it’s pretty close. It’s hockey, not politics, but people are projecting their own feelings on the team. This isn’t the place for this crap

            62) It should be!
            But no really we can hang on to the past forever but it’s going to hurt us from being a successful hockey club. Is that a reasonable cost to having a hockey team which reflects the culture of the city?

          • kholdstare says:

            “The nationalism in Quebec borders on racism”? That statement does as well, I would be careful as to what one says, if one doesnt want to start a battle. The attitude the rest of Canada has about Quebec isnt fantastic. You should ask your friend about that.
            They would like a French speaking coach to deal with a predominately french media, I’m not sure what the debate is. I would like the Prime Minster of Canada to speak both official languages, not Norwegian. Does that make me less of a human being? Am I being intolerant? This whole language this is silly. Quebec speaks French, Montreal is in Quebec, a public figure in Quebec should speak french, simple as that. The idea of an anglophone to even suggest it isnt an issue, reinforces everything they are leery of and trying to protect.

      • nickster13 says:

        Ya except every single player except for maybe 1, cant speak more than a few words of french, so clearly french for a head coach is not important. Its important for PR only. But PR doesnt win you championships, leave the politics off the ice

        • Mattyleg says:

          I don’t think it’s about politics, Nick, it’s more about knowing your market. People keep talking about how hockey is a business, and it’s good business-sense to hire the ‘best man for the job regardless of language’. That may be good for the team as far as wins and losses go, but the CH ‘brand’ will suffer. The vast majority of Francophones take questions of culture very seriously, which is hard for Anglophone Canadians to understand because Anglo Canadian ‘culture’ is such a vague and debatable concept, mostly surrounding hockey and hockey-related coffee shops. Many Francophones will move away from the team if it seems to be turning its back on Quebecois culture. Some people might say “fine, go, you’re not important anyway, it’s all about the hockey,” but the truth is that the CH is a business, and by distancing your fan(profit)base, you are committing business suicide.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Trisomy 21 says:

            You realize by pulling towards the Francophone culture that it could very well make it hard for Anglophones to associate with a team that won’t hire an Anglophone coach right?
            Cut the BS about Anglos not having culture, sick of this Franco mentality. If having a French coach is the only thing tying you to Hockey being part of your culture then your idea of culture probably has less to do about just hockey… But then again you did just mock Anglo culture so maybe I’m on to something

          • nickster13 says:

            From reading lapresse comments, most people seem to be willing to let that slide for the sake of the hockey product, so id say most people are level headed about this outside of the whackos. So i disagree that it would be a turnoff. Plus as everyone knows, winning brings the fans in, then again Montreal has so many fans honestly it can afford to lose a few nationalist yahoos along the way.

            Also last time I checked, the montreal canadiens are as loved by anglos as they are by francos. Montreal is a bilingual(at least) city, but some people like to forget that

          • kakey says:

            These are all very valid points. But the small percentage of fans who felt the most strongly about these issues are also those who are the most vocal, those who call the open line on Ron Fournier (he’s neutral) shows, and among the French media columnists (or shall I say personalities) who are adamant about having a Franco coach are also in the minority (Réjean Tremblay, Michel Bergeron, Bertrand Raymond). The rest are pretty neutral. So in the business sense it won’t make a dent who’s the coach, or how the team is doing, cause the Bell is always full, all corporate lodges are bought, there are more TV shows and channels devoted to the Habs’ coverage.

            They did some pieces about the “new” generation of Habs’ fans during the 2010 run, basically showing that more than ever they are allophones who did not experienced the 93 cup nor the past dynasty. Unfortunately they are not those who call CKAC or 98.5 after a game.

          • Mattyleg says:

            Simmer down, Tri, we’re talking about business here.
            Anglophones are the minority supporters of this team. The management isn’t worried about distancing Anglos, because all coaches speak English too.
            The concept of a vague Anglophone culture is not part of a Francophone plot. It’s not a ‘Franco’ mentality. It’s something that English-speaking academics and media-types have been talking about for many many years. Read “National Dreams” by Daniel Francis, for good insights into this kind of thing.
            Having a French-speaking coach isn’t tying Quebecers to their culture; you’re looking at it backwards. French-Quebecers want a coach that represents the culture that is already there.
            …and I hope that the “you” that you’re using is the ‘general’ “you”, and not talking to me.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • solomio says:

            What the hell is so vague and debatable about the Anglo culture?

            “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

          • Trisomy 21 says:

            If we were talking about business Matty, then this debate wouldn’t need to exist.

      • Habtastic says:

        95% of the team’s fans don’t know English? BS. Why doesn’t Price have to learn French? I think people would rather hear more from him that they ever did JM. Are the supposed 95% also the ones who used JM’s press conferences as a sleep aid? This is moving backwards in social progress. After celebrating the centennial, it’s embarrassing to think (I don’t think it’s actually true) that most Hab fans demand to hear the coach in French. It’s just not the case and it’s more of a political issue. If the Habs won the Cup with an English-speaking GM and coach, you think there would be empty seats, no riots, no car flags, no support for the team? Yeah right. The only thing we have to have in common is our dislike for Boston and Toronto. That’s thicker than language. You wonder why we don’t chant “Allez Habs Allez!” (ps I’m aware and a fan of the Loco Lacasse song).

        The Drive for 25

      • Mike D says:

        So 95% of Habs fans can’t speak english? Gimme a f’n break.

        – Honestly yours

        • Mattyleg says:

          Heh heh.
          You guys…
          Deliberately misreading what I wrote.
          Perhaps I should have said “in their own language” at the end, rather than expect you to fill in the gap.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Soccer is actually a good analogy. While foreign coaches are routinely hired, they usually do speak the local language.

        Interestingly, when Fabio Capello was named England coach, there was an uproar among the gutter press (and the English do gutter journalism better than anyone) that he couldn’t speak English. He can, actually.

        Here he is as England coach, speaking English:


        Here he is, out of interest, as Real Madrid coach, speaking very good Spanish:


        No need to put up a video of him speaking Italian.

    • kakey says:

      They accepted Gionta as captain after he spoke some broken French in a home opener, after bashing Koivu for years. So Randy, go spew some Québécois French sport cliche from time to time and you’re all set.

    • The Dude says:

      If there were more Francophone’s on the Habs and one of the Coaches could speak francais it would be a non issue…but who care’s! Cunneyworth should go prove himself some where else and if he becomes great then he can coach Montreal…..

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Mr Dude, PG & JM had chances to hire an all french coaching staff with the Habs and choose not to. English conspiricy? And who in you esteemed wisdom would you suggest for Head Coach. Also if RC was to leave, become a Great coach WTF would he want to come back?

        Mr. Biter

        • The Dude says:

          We are the NY Yankees of hockey MR Biter …and this historic franchise’s deserves it’s Ego back and it’s Top Rank RESTORED! PG’s a hack and you evidently thought different and assumed we had a great team….WRONG! A Roy and Carbo”still on books” coaching duo and Ken Dryden as interim G.M.!

          • Mr. Biter says:

            I agree partially with your statement (almost totally in fact) as we unfortunatly “were” the NY Yankees of hockey and I also want us to be better than the Yankee’s. I am definatly not a PG “Hack” as I never would have kept AM over Wiz (go back the last 4 years and we have unfortunatly have had very good players who unfortunatly had season ending serious injuries and WE DID NOT RE-SIGN them due to the fact they might not come back and play to their previous levels and they all did not). i have wanted a tough guy or 2 to protect or smaller skill players on this site for 2 years and PG does nothing. Getting Cole was a good sighing but having no back-up on defense was a mistake. You never trade or release anyone unless you are sure the player replacing them is better. I have follow the Habs for almost 50 years (leaving the old Chicago Stadium with a bunch of drunk Hawks ,hot on my tail on one occasion) and care as much as anyone living in Montreal about what happens to the Habs.
            But here we disagree. Roy and Carbo as co-coaches? is a disaster and as much as I liked Dryden as a player he also seems to belong to the PG/JM school of thought that we would not need an enforcer and were back to wer are now. If you want to be the best you hire the best. Also prehaps you are not informed that Basesball has virtually no salary cap so the Yankees can outspend everyone else in Baseball and even doing that they don’t win every year.

            Mr. Biter

    • solomio says:

      Do you think that RC is getting paid as an assistant while working as a head coach. Not freaking likely.His paycheck is looking way healthier than it was..

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      “the language police have run Quebec since the last referendum”

      is paranoid nonsense.

  42. rhino514 says:

    Where is JM?? Sooo curious to see what he will say when he does speak, specially regarding Gauthier. I think it likely he will handle it with class. But still curious.

    • solomio says:

      He’ll probably write a book. ( In French & English ) Way more money in it.

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  43. Rad says:

    For tomorrow night’s game against Boston:

    Pacioretty – Desharnais – Cole
    Leblanc – Eller – Kostitsyn
    Moen – Plekanec – Cammalleri
    Darche – Nokelainen – Blunden

    1st PK: Nokelainen – Eller
    2nd PK: Pleks – Moen

    • rogieshan says:

      You may be surprised that Cunneyworth is not fond of shuffling his lines, unlike his predecessor. He has already gone on record as saying he’s committed to playing the Plekanec line (w/Cammalleri & Kostitsyn) as his 1st unit, in an effort to give them the best opportunity to succeed. He also expressed a desire to roll three regular lines, with Eller-Darche-Leblanc as his 3rd trio.

      • Rad says:

        Thanks Rogie, I hadn’t heard him say that. Glad to hear he’s going to give the boys some time to gel.

      • solomio says:

        Will somebody please step up and tell RC that Darche is a 4th liner please

        “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

        • 24moreCups says:

          Barely a 4th liner, I watched his ‘Your Canadiens’ episode again the other day and he definitely is a feel good story and had a great season last year but that’s about it.

    • solomio says:

      No way Moen should play on the third line.He’s a fourth liner. If there’s body worthwhile in Hamilton then bring up Gallagher. I’d like to see him on a line with Pleks and Cammy

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  44. Psycho29 says:

    Quebec-based nationalist group Impératif Français employed some hockey terminology to denounce the naming of a unilingual Anglophone to the head coaching position of the Montreal Canadiens.
    The decision is a “bodycheck to Quebec,” and a “gross misconduct,” the group wrote on its website.
    The group’s president Jean-Paul Perreault advised a boycott of Molson products.
    Spokesman Gilles Rheaume called it an “anti-French provocation,” and urged the club to fire the coach Randy Cunneyworth for, “incompetence.”


    • TommyB says:

      Please, Mr. NHL sir, please bring a team to Quebec City ASAP. Give these yahoos someone else to focus on.

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Is this a joke? If not so much for the posters who say there are no anti english feelings in Quebec and we want a winning team not one based on what language the coach of the Habs speaks.

      Mr. Biter

    • mrhabby says:

      don’t these people have anything better to do with there time..get a life.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I love that it’s called a ‘nationalist group’.

      How many people are in this group? Seven? Three? That clown and his mother?
      Don’t forget, the FLQ, the ‘separatist group’ that purported to speak for all Quebecers, had less than 30 members.
      Don’t pay attention to these wackos; they thrive on it.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Mike D says:

      One of the problems that will continue to plague the french culture in the eyes of the ROC and even anglo-quebecers is that when they hear words like ‘francophone’, ‘quebecois’, ‘french-canadian’, etc., they automatically associate them with mucking forons like this.

      If I was french canadian, I would be pissed that many of the most vocal pro-french groups and individuals also seem to be the least intelligent.

      – Honestly yours

  45. rhino514 says:

    So many on here have been lamenting the loss of Boucher and Muller . Turns out that Cunneyworth is a prized coaching prospect, with alot more experience than either of them. Maybe, just maybe, there was a plan for Cunneyworth down the road all along.

    • TomNickle says:

      Except he was hired long after Boucher.

      And I want no part of Boucher as this team’s coach.

    • 24 Cups says:

      rhino – The French issue aside, everything I have read states that Cunneyworth was considered throughout the league to be a prime candidate for a NHL head coaching position. In fact, he had made the final cut for a few positions during the past three years.

      This is a bit more than asking candidates to take a step forward and then all but one take a step back.

      I’d rather give him a shot than go with retreads like Crawford or Hartley, or a fruitcake like Roy.

  46. Mr. Biter says:

    Last year old Baldy (AA) was 6 wins 2 losses 2ot. Budda is 1 win 3 losses. Real big upgrade here.

    Mr. Biter

    • Mattyleg says:

      Mm, it’s not just goalies who win or lose games, Mr. Biter, sir.
      Last year we had snipers who could score.
      And defencemen who weren’t rookies and sophomores.
      So think about that before criticizing to criticize.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Jonson says:

        last year we were pretty much last in scoring , and georges was out for most of the season, markov was gone, spacek missed significant time.

        i would take AULD over budaj any day of the week. auld played great when he was here he actually surprised big time i thouhgt he was a terrible signing but he did a good job. no way budaj is better

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Same snipers last year as this year but they’re not sniping.Only D-man now missing who was not resigned is AM (who I don’t believe will play at all this year) so the reason for the rookies and Soph’s is PG decisions. Budda was brought in to allow CP some rest and is playing no better than AA and costing us more money that’s all I’m saying. Also after 33 games last year we had 40 points and in the previous year we also had 33 points at the same time and that year we went to the East Finals so all is not lost yet.

        Mr. Biter

    • Mike D says:

      Valid point. I think PG’s thought process in signing Budaj was that he’s played the role of starter before with some (keyword) success and if Carey got injured for more than a couple games, that experience would bode better for the team if Budaj had to start for a while.

      Add in the fact that COL didn’t even have a goalie coach and since we do, we might be able to improve his play. I realize Auld has also played as a starter before with some success, but that was longer ago.

      Hopefully Budaj can improve his play yet, but let’s also remember that the team in front of him has a lot to do with his success and this year, there hasn’t been a lot of that happening even with Carey in net

      – Honestly yours

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