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  1. Therrien is known as a hard-ass who preaches dull, defensive hockey. Whatever Gomer Pyle is saying, however hard he's working out, the last three years have made it pretty clear that he is not interested in that kind of system. I can understand Molson refusing to eat the contract, but at some point it gets ridiculous, and we're past that point IMHO.

    What you said about Therrien scares me more than another season of Gomez.
  2. New GM, new coach. IMO, Gomez will get another chance to prove himself. Why? Because the alternatives are costly. There won't be much patience though. If he doesn't produce, fast, he will be sent to Hamilton.

    Sadly I agree with you JC. I've said it before, I'll say it again. Geoff Molson does not have Mark Cuban type money. We're at least two years into going over all the ramifications on this website. We all know that each option is costly, some more than others. You can picture it anyway. Gomez at that team golf event in September, saying all the right things. How he trained hard over the summer, is delighted to be back in the city, loves the direction the team has taken.
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  3. Would you have said the same thing about Drury?

    He chose the ECHL during the lockout to play in Alaska maybe he would want to go back into that league?

    I don't recall the circumstances with Drury, and i'm too lazy to look it up. It doesn't matter anyway. Gomez is 32, and not walking away from 10 million dollars.
  4. As for Gomez, what about the sending him to the minors option? As long as it can still be done under the new CBA, there would be possible reasons to go this route. (1)He could be offered a player/coach role with the Bulldogs, he seems to have a good attitude, and it might be a good role for him. (2) He might report, but field offers to play in Europe. (3) He might retire, which might be the best case. Don't forget, when you buy a player out, thats not play money, its real, millions of dollars. Habs might prefer the demotion option instead.

    I realize everyone is trying to be creative, and it's good reading. But Gomez is NOT going to retire. Not a chance. And leave all that bank on the table? Never. And no matter his attitude, a coaching offer seems unrealistic.
  5. Montreal was on Jagr's short list of teams last year, he came right out and said it. I'd love to see what a season of Pleks and Jagr on the same line would bring. The number of line combos Pleks had to endure last year was staggering. Put them together, and say you've got until Christmas, let it rip! Oh, and let's not forget, we've got the Casino, and we know about Jagr and gambling.

  6. I liked Dallas' teams under Crawford and they just came up short under him (42-29-11 his last year which isn't too shabby). Looking at LA's roster in his final year though, it's easy to see why they struggled. Patrick O'Sullivan was one of their top scorers, while overpaid and overrated players like Ladislav Nagy, Michal Handzus, and Tom Preissing also were on the roster. Heck, Brian Willsie played 53 games that year. Goaltending is what really did them in though, Jason Labarbera was the #1 goalie while J-S Aubin was the backup. Even with their skaters, had they had remotely competent goalies they still may have done some damage.

    Yes. It's usually the talent on the ice that makes or breaks the coach.
  7. I have posted my selection, earlier I might add, and have also conceded that their will be a French speaking coach in Montreal for some time to come, also in a much earlier thread. WE get your obsession. Let's move on and celebrate the ultimate selection, whomever.

    Great stuff. But if you quote me, you should read what I wrote. I'm not obsessed, in fact I'm bored with the topic. But I come to my favorite website, and I read the same stuff. And nobody adds anything new. I do agree with you though, if only they'd name a new coach.
  8. If you listen to some of the comments on here, you might as well hire the zamboni driver, because the coach doesn't matter.

    Ok, so why don't you actually add to the discussion? Who's your choice? And remember, he'll have to speak French. And don't waste our time telling us how this fact has an effect on the teams future. That subject has been beaten to death, years before you started "contributing".
  9. If your theory was correct, there would be no need to ever change your coach and given the frequency that coaching changes are made, I would conclude that thirty teams don't agree with you. I believe this coaching decision will be huge. You are right, we don't have enough imformation to critique anyone, however as a fan we get what imformation we can and bnasically say who we like and don't like, based largely on past performance. As a fan, we have the right to put our two cents in, rightly or wrongly.

    No, my "theory" has nothing to do with that. Coaches are hired to be fired, we all know that. I just feel that coaches get too much blame, and too much credit. Depending on what transpires. Scotty Bowman says our coach should speak french. That's about all I need to know. Oh, and thanks to The Cucumber for explaining my thoughts on coaching, in a way more detailed way. In a way that I simply can't!
  10. Can i quote a post from someone named "Habsy" from a day or 2 ago.."the whole lanuage thing is ..ZZZZZZZZZZZ Boring!"

    Funny eh?, or Ironic maybe how that dead horse now is fit to arise again. haha (no offense, just had to get that jab in there)

    Sweet Jesus i hope Therrian is not the man. Maybe he would be fine, but he just seems a bit "out there" and even Crawford would be preferrable wouldnt he? But as with picking a GM i really dont have a clue who is most qualified.

    We will see next week i guess?

    DON! Throw jabs at me, I love it. And I respect your opinion. I was going to leave it alone. In fact, I was going to suggest a thread for the people who want to discuss what happens with European soccer coaches for the 75th time. And how it somehow relates to Quebec. I just thought it funny that Hartley got a job, in a market where language doesn't matter.
  11. I guess this is around about way of hinting that the best coach available was French speaking? You can laugh all you want, but there is no 1A and since we missed on Hartley we are now swimming in the shallow end. Personnally I don't even think Hartley was a one. Unfortunely, some of us take the coaching situation a lot more serious than you. We will be rewarded in success directly proportional to the success of this search.

    I wasn't hinting at anything. The Flames thought the best coach available was a francophone. I guess my point is everyone should just chill. And how anyone can judge Bob Hartley's merits as a coach from their basement is beyond me. My personal belief? Players win championships. Last years cup, both coaches francophone, both we fired. The future is bright boys and girls.
  12. We all know the team has a smaller pool of talent to chose from when it's limited to francophone coaches. However, I find it interesting that the first coach hired in this years off season is French speaking, and was on our list. Hired by a team that could have taken anyone. It makes me laugh at the people who suggest the team doesn't put winning first.

  13. I wont ever accept it. I'm a fan of winning, period. I'm not a fan of placating a faction of people who are still fighting a battle that should have ended 20 years ago.

    This team will never be able to return to its winning ways as long as it continues to ignore a majority of eligible candidates for front office and coaching positions.

    They're not really fighting a battle. And they're blissfully unaware of what you think, they don't care. Besides, some great coaches were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, just this year. Last years cup winner was francophone, and he probably would have been fired had our team eliminated the champs in the first round. Geoff Molson is on twitter, regurgitate that stuff to him about winning period. See if he even responds.
  14. For the record, I would have let Martin finish the season and then re-evaluated.

    All coaches have a shelf-life, even the good ones, and a tactician like Martin's can be shorter than most. But I don't think PG made the right move in terms of the timing on the firing.

    Good answer, as the firing did look like a desperate move from PG. And I was curious how you felt his tenure as coach should end.
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