Jacques Demers, the last coach to lead the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship in 1993, has been confirmed as the guest for our second Hockey Inside/Out show that will be on HIO at the beginning of next week.
Former Hab Chris Nilan was the guest on the first show, which you can watch at hockeyinsideout.com/show.
Before the start of the lockout-shorted NHL season, Demers told Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan that he never thought the Canadiens would go 20 years without a Stanley Cup.
“Because it’s the Montreal Canadiens … the tradition and all the Stanley Cups they won … never in my wildest dreams would I think the Montreal Canadiens would go 20 years without winning a Cup,” Demers said. “In ’86 and then ’93, seven years, which is certainly not bad, but 20 years without winning the Cup with the prestigious tradition of that franchise. … I never would have thought that.”
If you have a question you would like Demers to answer on the HIO show, email Cowan at email@example.com and if your question is used you will have a chance to win a HIO gift bag. Please include your full name and hometown with your email.
The Canadiens practised Monday in Brossard as they prepare to face the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Michael Ryder should be back in the lineup after missing one game with a lower-body injury.
Other injured players, Rene Bourque (concussion), Brandon Prust (shoulder) and Yannick Weber (knee), skated on the second rink in Brossard Monday with strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard. There was no update on when they might return to the lineup.
(Gazette file photo)