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Canadiens fire Claude Julien

  • Bob Gainey surprised many today by firing Claude Julien as the Montreal Canadiens Head Coach. Bob Gainey will step in as interim Head Coach to finish this season but Gainey welcomed back Guy Carbonneau as “Associate coach” with a contract in place for him to become Head Coach next season. Gainey and Carbonneau are ex-teammates of course and also worked together in the past in Dallas. Carbonneau won 2 Stanley Cups with the Canadiens and is part of the rich history of the Habs.

    Doug Jarvis will remain with the team and also become “Associate Coach” but Rick Green was also let go. Roland Melanson still remains as Goaltending Coach.

    This is huge news for the Habs and a pretty big surprise. No one really anticipated this move including the players and Claude Julien himself. All the focus was on trade talk and although some thought maybe Julien would go, it was a longshot. You can’t help feel a little bad when a Coach is fired. Can you put it all on the shoulders of Claude Julien? Julien took the heat for his players. Did his players let him down? I think so. Julien was a likeable guy but in the world of pro sports that doesn’t mean anything. Winning games does. Julien was notified by phone at 7:15 AM and it must have been a rough wakeup. Julien’s efforts to turn the team around were too little and too late.

    What kind of changes can we expect? Well Gainey already announced Theodore will be back between the pipes tonight. In essence giving him a fresh start and hopefully in his mind he can start over and become the goalie he can be. Gainey particularly noted Sheldon Souray and Andrei Markov need to be better. He feels they can both be Top D-men in the league. I’d also expect to see lots more ice time for rookie talent like Perezhogin, Kostitsyn and Plekanec. They’ll be a new feeling in the air in the Canadiens dressing room and certain individuals won’t be playing much if they don’t wake up. What will this mean to Mike Ribeiro? Richard Zednik? Alex Kovalev? Sheldon Souray? Jose Theodore? It’s about to get a little more serious in the Canadiens dressing room.

    What does this mean for trade talk? Is their a blockbuster deal still in the works? I don’t think so. I think Theo is here to stay like it or not and if they do make a trade it’ll be close to the deadline and on a smaller scale. Ribeiro for a player of similar value. I don’t think Bertuzzi, Tanguay or Luongo (despite rejecting his contract) are coming over anytime soon. That being said, Bob Gainey is a sneaky sneaky guy and who knows what else is up his sleeve.

    This is a fresh start for the CH. Whether you liked Claude Julien or not, something had to change. As of today the Canadiens are a new team with a new direction and with this change right before their toughest stretch of the season, the Canadiens might contend again.

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  1. #1 superfan says:
    January 14, 2006 at 4:01 pm

    Welcome home Captain Guy. Can you say turning point? Bob Gainey the freight train conductor absolutly ran over Claude Julien at 7:15 this morning. I think Bob Gainey had seen enough of Claude’s line jugglin’ saga. The trade winds are a blowing through the streets of Montreal and if ANYONE should be given a one way plane ticket out of here it’s RIBS. Some of the cancer was removed by getting rid of Dagenais, but get rid of the rest of it! RIBS don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

  2. #2 riser8 says:
    January 14, 2006 at 4:36 pm

    Bob Gainey has decided it was time to try and stop the bleeding before it was to late. I believe this move can possibly signal a change in the right direction for this team. After watching his team play with little or no direction over the past two months, it had become fairly obvious that some type of a change was necessary. I believe over the next seven months (regardless whether they make the playoffs or not) we are going to see a number of players leave this organization one way or another ie. Riberio,Sundstrom,Zednik,Bonk,Bulis,and possibly even Theodore. I am looking forward to a new era with Guy Carbonneau behind the bench and I am hoping that he can bring this young team to better things ahead. We shall see!

  3. Wow, do you guys ever update?

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