Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is bringing a few old friends along for the ride in Montreal.
The Habs have hired Martin Lapointe and Patrice Brisebois to join the staff in roles of player development. Lapointe, a former Bruins and Red Wings forward, will be the head of player development while Brisebois, a former Canadiens defensemen, will be the player development coach for Montreal.
Meanwhile, former Habs defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre was named as the new head coach of Montreal’s AHL team in Hamilton. Lefebvre had a great career as a player with Montreal,Quebec/Colorado, Toronto and the Rangers. He spent the last three years as an assistant coach to Joe Sacco in Colorado and this will mark his first time as a head coach.
Lefebvre replaces Clement Jodoin as the head man in Hamilton while Jodoin will look to land an assistant role with Michel Therrien in Montreal.
Another day, another head coach fired.
The Montreal Canadiens have fired Jacques Martin after two and a half seasons with the team. The team did not announce the hiring of a new full-time coach immediately and named Randy Cunneyworth the team’s interim head coach. Larry Carrière becomes the new assistant coach under Cunneyworth to fill out the staff.
With Montreal having a coaching vacancy, their hunt for a new coach is one that works differently than the other 29 teams in the league. The Habs will look for the best qualified coach who is fluent in both French and English so as to better deal with everything in Montreal.
Two names that instantly come to mind immediately that fit that description: Michel Therrien and Bob Hartley. The Canadiens’ AHL coach in Hamilton, Clement Jodoin, could also be in the mix.
With the amount of talent there is in Montreal and the lack of performance we’ve seen out of them under Martin, you have to wonder what took GM Pierre Gauthier so long to pull the trigger. In the meantime, the Canadiens have seen homegrown coaches Guy Boucher and Kirk Muller escape Montreal’s system for other NHL head coaching jobs. Don’t suppose Montreal would like a do-over there, do you?