Out of the Red, White and Blue: GM, Coach, Draft, Subban


Written by Habsterix, AllHabs.net

PENTICTON, BC. — Here are a few thoughts on different topics surrounding the Habs’ for the past couple of weeks. As a complement to my recent article on bilingual candidates, we look at an update on the next Habs’ GM, the next head coach and the team’s third overall pick. Feel free to post your comments as they are always welcomed.

1- Detroit Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill stated that the timing is not right for him to explore the option of becoming the GM in Montreal. Many were disappointed to hear that news.

2- It was confirmed that Blair Mackasey of the Minnesota Wild has been interviewed for the GM position with the Habs. He’s as good a candidate as any, at least deserving of an interview.

3- Renaud Lavoie of RDS said that Doug Risebrough has also been contacted by the Canadiens. As we know, the former Habs’ center was GM in Calgary and Minnesota and he’s currently a pro scout for the New York Rangers.

4- Reading a bit everywhere that Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin is a strong candidate to become the next GM in Montreal. I encourage you to watch this interview from RDS (in French) from January 26th.

5- Pierre McGuire has apparently been interviewed by the Canadiens and many feel that it’s for the position of GM. As a matter of fact, Rick Moffat of CJAD has reported that McGuire and BriseBois “are believed to be two of the four or five GM candidates granted second interviews.”

6- Either way, Darren Dregger of TSN reported that progress in the search for a GM is being made and a final decision and subsequent announcement may be only days away. Stay tuned.

7- I loved how Patrick Roy handled the questions in his press conference after the Remparts got eliminated. He was well prepared for the questions about the job option in Montreal and said that if someone takes the time to call him, he will take the time to listen.

8- Speaking of Roy, he was saying that he had not spoken to Geoff Molson. I guess he was telling the truth, but I was surprised that no reporter asked him if he had spoken to Serge Savard. As it turns out, he did, over the phone, as Savard stated himself.

9- There are conflicting stories when it comes to the Habs speaking to Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks. Some say that the Habs received permission to talk to him, others state that he will stay put in Vancouver. If he does become available, he would be a great candidate for the head coaching job in Montreal.

10- After seeing him coach the ZSC Lions Zurich to the Swiss championship, one would think that the Canadiens will consider giving a call to former NHL coach and RDS analyst Bob Hartley to at least, offer him an interview. While head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Hartley led his team to three Conference Finals and won one Stanley Cup in four years.

11- We now know that the Canadiens will be selecting third at the next NHL Entry Draft on June 22nd in Pittsburgh. While the consensus seems to be that Nail Yakupov should be selected first overall, there are no clear cut picks for the next five to eight picks. I could be wrong, but something tells me that the Habs will not select at that position as the new GM will want to have an immediate impact. Time will tell.

12- P.K. Subban was injured during the first period in an exhibition game against Switzerland in preparation for the IIHF World Championships. Coach Sutter said that it was a lower body injury, but not serious. Here’s hoping that’s accurate as the Habs have enough players in need of patching up!

The next couple of weeks promises to be exciting around the Canadiens as once the General Manager is announced, the organization will turn their attention to the head coaching job… unless they come out with a bang and announce both at the same time. Either way, Carey Price is waiting for a new contract and the draft is coming up soon.

En français: Repassage en Famille: DG, Entraîneur, Repêchage, Subban

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J.D. Lagrange
J.D. is a Senior writer for All Habs as well as Associate-Editor for the French version Le Magazine All Habs, while one of three Administrators of the fan forum Les Fantômes du Forum. He has created the handle Habsterix as a fictional character for the sole purpose of the internet. It is based on the cartoon Asterix of Gaule and his magic potion is his passion for the Montreal Canadiens. How old is he? His close friends will tell you that he’s so old, his back goes out more than he does! He was born when Béliveau lifted the Cup and remembers the days when seeing the Habs winning was not a wish, it was an expectation. For him, writing is a hobby, not a profession. Having moved to beautiful British Columbia in 1992 from his home town of Sherbrooke, Quebec, he started writing mostly in French to keep up his grammar, until non-bilingual BC friends pushed him into starting his own English Blog. His wife will say that he can be stubborn, but she will be the first to recognise that he has great sense of humour. He is always happy to share with you readers his point of views on different topics, and while it is expected that people won’t always agree, respect of opinions and of others is his mission statement. || J.D. est Rédacteur-Adjoint sur Le Magazine All Habs et il est un Rédacteur Principal sur le site anglophone All Habs, tout en étant un des trois Administrateurs du forum de discussion Les Fantômes du Forum. Il a créé le pseudonyme Habstérix comme caractère fictif pour l’internet. Celui-ci est basé sur Astérix de Gaule et sa potion magique est sa passion pour les Canadiens de Montréal. Lorsqu’il est né, Jean Béliveau soulevait la Coupe Stanley et il se rappelle des jours où gagner n’était pas un espoir, mais une attente. Pour lui, écrire est un passe-temps, pas une profession. Ayant déménagé dans la superbe Colombie-Britannique en 1992 en provenance de sa ville natale de Sherbrooke, Québec, il a commencé à écrire en français pour garder sa grammaire, jusqu’à ce que ses amis anglophones ne réussissent à le convaincre d’avoir son blog en anglais. Son épouse vous dira qu’il est têtu, mais elle sera la première à reconnaître son grand sens de l’humour. Il est toujours fier de partager avec vous, lecteurs et lectrices, ses points de vue sur différents sujets, et quoi que les gens ne s’entendent pas toujours sur ceux-ci, le respect des opinions et des autres est son énoncé de mission.


  1. Great article, as long as its not Pierre Mcguire I don’t care who the GM is, definately has to be an improvement from Bob Gainey and Pierre Gauthier…..I would love to see Patrick Roy, Bob Hartley or Alain Vigneault as the new head coach…or even Michel Therrien if his name would get discussed….I never thought Vigneault or Therrien were really given a fair shake their first times around as coaches in Montreal, but I think the two of them have made names for themselves as coaches since then….about the draft, what do u mean when u say u figure Montreal won’t select at 3rd? Do u think they will try and move up to number 1 or 2 or heaven forbid trade the pick altogether….I remember the last couple times Montreal has traded their first round pick and neither Alex Tanguay or Trevor Linden stayed with the team long enough to really help or hurt the team

    • Thanks for the kind word Bryan. No matter who’s selected as GM, isn’t it refreshing to see the number of candidates interviewed in both languages? They seem to be doing their due diligence this time around and that’s reassuring.

      As for my comment about not selecting with that 3rd overall pick, call it a gut feeling but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if that pick was traded in a package for a big name, or a young player who is closer to being NHL ready. This is based on the question marks in this year’s draft, mostly due to serious injuries to some of those top ranked players.

      I have a feeling that the new GM will want to make a splash and change the landscape of the team at the draft and on July 1st. Time will tell if this intuition is right of if it’s way out of line…

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