Gorges deal done! as Habs find coaching replacements from within

And breathe Habs fans, as the Montreal Canadiens have signed defenceman Josh Gorges to a one-year deal, avoiding next week's arbitration hearing. Thought the team will not disclose salary, it is being estimated at a $2.5 million dollar deal.

In the meantime, instead of looking around to find a replacement for departed assistant coach Kirk Muller, the Canadiens decided to promote from within.

On Friday the organization brought up Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) coach Randy Cunneyworth and assistant coach Randy Ladoceur as members of Jacques Martin's coaching staff.

With Perry Pearn still on the Habs coaching roster, it is expected that Ladoceur will work from above during games, relaying his observations to the bench.

The Canadiens also announced Cunneyworth's replacement in The Hammer, by bringing on Clement Joidin from the Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL). Joidin spent four seasons with the Oceanic, before announcing his departure in April.

It is also be a return the the Canadiens organization for Joidin, who held numerous positions in Montreal from 1997 to 2003. It will be the veteran coach's second stint as a pro head coach. Joidin was the bench boss with Halifax Citadels from 1990-92.

Live out west and have a kid in hockey? Several of Perry Pearn's summer hockey camp programs are still taking applications for August.

Carey Price is riding the horses in Quesnel, and by the end of the weekend should be helping out Olaf Kolzig with his Charity Golf Tournament. .

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