"I'm working hard to pick up the language as much as I can and as quickly as I can. Hopefully that will be the case by the time some of the decisions are made" - Randy Cunneyworth 01-03-2012
Well if you want a few words for your boss, say around mid-late April, perhaps, "Va te faire......" are the first ones to learn. Tip of the hat though to the Habs interim bench boss, who scrubbed off the tire tracks from Monday and regained some dignity, 1-6 record aside.
Quick flashback to 2009. Don Lever,called up to assist Bob Gainey after Guy Carbonneayu was backdoored, was relieved of his duties as Hamilton Bulldogs coach in June of that year. I recall the first thing asked of Lever, on his appearance in Montreal, was his ability to speak French. He couldn't. The reasoning for Lever's dismissal was the team was "taking a different direction". Hmmm, maybe Gainey knew the repercussions, if he chose Lever to be the next Habs coach, and found a way out of it.
Michael Farber, the King of all hockey writing, throws in his worthy two cents on the current situation in Montreal..
Dave Stubbs on Cunneyworth intending to learn French.
Ted Bird does not want Pierre McGuire as the next Habs GM. Get in line, Ted.
Interesting observation on Twitter from Arpon Basu, "On Dec. 9, day of the Tomas Kaberle trade, were 7th in NHL in 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio. Three weeks later, they are 16th." Please note that Basu followed up that he was not knocking Kaberle. and it was merely a point of reference.
Do the Habs stand nose-to-nose with the Leafs, in terms of futility, as of late?
J.T. weighs in on Patrick Roy
Chris Boucher looks at Brendan Gallagher, Nathan Beaulieu and Michael Bournival, in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic.