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Habsent Minded Episode 3.49: Looking ahead to the Ducharme era

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After a few days of reflection, we discuss what the coaching change might bring to a faltering Canadiens team.

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After a road trip that saw Claude Julien and Kirk Muller be relieved of their duties, the Montreal Canadiens are returning home to face the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Since the team’s one week break, they have five straight losses. In fact, over the last 10 games, only the Vancouver Canucks have a worse record than the Canadiens in the North Division.

Jared Book and Anton Rasegård discuss what ultimately led to Julien being let go, and what they think Dominique Ducharme can bring to the table as the new head coach. Was it an understandable decision to change coaches and if so, was this an appropriate time to do so?

We heard Marc Bergevin speak about Ducharme as a modern type of coach in the introductory press conference. Jared draw parallels to Joël Bouchard and what he has learnt from following the Laval Rocket during Bouchard’s tenure. Are modern coaches like Bouchard and Ducharme better equipped to be handling the new generation of inquisitive, curious players than the older guard, who were brought up with a more authoritarian approach on leadership?

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