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(Close this) When Julien eventually gets fired, who do you want as the next coach?

When Julien eventually gets fired, who do you want as the next coach?

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GGpX

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Rather straight-forward question.

My personal opinion has been the same for as long as I can remember, I'm French and I don't care what the head coach's mother tongue.

I've also always maintained this notion that the head coach has to be French is a media-created myth to help les villageois that aren't willing (or intellectually capable) to learn English. PK Subban was, and to extent probably still is, the most popular Habs player of the last 20 years. He was the guy who spoke the most often to the media and nobody ever cared that he spoke only in English. This is media-driven bullshit, lead at the forefront by the dinosaurs of the Québécois press, Réjean Tremblay and his ilk of racist scumbags. A few of 'em still work at RDS, I've overheard more than enough from some of them to have a good idea about what they think of those who aren't Québécois.

I saw in the thread that some people brought up that the Habs had to apologize for hiring Cunneyworth because he was English-speaking. Nobody brought up how The Charlatan had to apologize for putting Kirk Muller in Julien's roll temporarily last fall because they couldn't get a suitable replacement in the current situation and that they hopes people understood. If that isn't cowardice of the highest order, I don't know what is.

So, my personal preference would be:

0- Best candidate available regardless of language. (Since this'll never happen, skip to the next which is the best French-speaking coach available)

1- Pascal Vincent

Currently the head coach of Winnipeg's minor league, the Manitoba Moose. He's been in Winnipeg's organization for almost a decade, both as an assistant coach in the NHL (5 years) and as head coach in the Minors (5 years). Prior to that, has been coaching in Quebec's junior leagues since the 90s. So, tons of experience both at the junior, pros and the only experience he doesn't have is NHL head coaching.

Why I'd want him: We're a team that's built to win-now and it seems imperative to have a coach with experience. Unfortunately, the only French speaking coaches with NHL experience (Julien's here, Vigneault in Philly, Therrien was fired already and his eligibility date to come back isn't for another decade and Bob Hartley's in Russia) are either already taken or just thoroughly uninteresting to me. So Vincent's the next best thing: French speaking and tons of experience without having baggage as the guy in the NHL.

Full disclosure: When he was the coach of the Montreal Junior, I was not a fan of his. Simplistic game plans, boring team to watch, never felt he got the best out of players. Maybe he's changed since, and this was over 10 years ago, but just fyi.

2- Dominique Ducharme

Currently assistant coach in Montréal and seems to be likely successor if they were to hire internally. Has been coaching for nearly two decades, but only has three years of experience in the pros. He had done a lot good pretty much everywhere he's gone in Junior.

3- André Tourigny

Currently the head coach of the Ottawa 67s. Has about the same amount of coaching experience as Ducharme, however he isn't in the pros atm.

I'd much rather have him as assistant than head coach for now.

4- Joel Bouchard

Keep him in Laval please.
 

GrandWazoo

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Personally, I'd go with Ducharme, mostly because I want to keep Bouchard in Laval, and because Ducharme was the hot young coach brought in 2 years ago to be groomed as the next coach in line. He also provide the easiest coaching transition of all options available.
 

wiseguy1

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It's about the French media making their money. If the websites and the TV stations can't get a clip of the coach answering questions in French of course the traffic, viewership will go down. and they will lose revenues. It's all about $$$ now.
 

CH1

The Artist Formerly Known as chiggins.
I voted for DD. They're not going anglo and I think Roy is all personality and no tactics.
 

GGpX

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If it's in-season, I think it's a virtual guarantee the next coach is Ducharme.

In the off-season, who knows.
 

Krustchev

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No one knows if Ducharme would be a good head coach in the NHL but since he’s involved with our crappy special teams I have reason for skepticism. And I think Roy would light a fire under Price, which Price needs.
 
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CH1

The Artist Formerly Known as chiggins.
Martin Lemay not mincing any words in his RDS article:

https://www.rds.ca/hockey/canadiens/ca-ne-va-pas-bien-selon-martin-lemay-1.10837133

TL DR

Julien sucks. Since being hired by Habs, their PP is 26th best in the league; PK is 29th.
Before being fired by Bruins, team was headed for its 3rd straight year of not making the playoffs. Guys like Bergeron and Marchand were just 60 point players. They completely changed their style of play; no longer signing big guys like David Backes. Their PP was middle of the pack under Julien, with the same guys, Bruins PP is now #1.
 

Krustchev

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Martin Lemay not mincing any words in his RDS article:

https://www.rds.ca/hockey/canadiens/ca-ne-va-pas-bien-selon-martin-lemay-1.10837133

TL DR

Julien sucks. Since being hired by Habs, their PP is 26th best in the league; PK is 29th.
Before being fired by Bruins, team was headed for its 3rd straight year of not making the playoffs. Guys like Bergeron and Marchand were just 60 point players. They completely changed their style of play; no longer signing big guys like David Backes. Their PP was middle of the pack under Julien, with the same guys, Bruins PP is now #1.
What would Pasta be under CJ?
 
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