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  1. 1. Who would you most want to see as the Habs' next coach?

    • Alain Vigneault
    • Joel Quenneville
    • Patrick Roy
    • Marc Crawford


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We've hashed some of this out before, but with an emerging list of potential candidates for head coach, which of the guys rumored to be coming here do you want to see as the next coach? Please note that this is not asking you about who is most likely to come here or who Bergevin wants... we want to know who you want!

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Alain, love his ability to adjust, he has experience in probably 2 of the 3 most pressure packed markets for a coach and he's gained a ton of experience since he left. I think he's one of the top 3 coaches in the league with Babcock and Trotz.

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Answer the question as asked!!!

Ok. Don't yell at me, I've got a headache!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: I'll take Vigneault. Happy? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I like either of the first two choices however i am intrigued by the 3rd candidate. The last name hits me as a consolation prize. I would accept him but would always wonder about what could have been.

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I went with Quenneville, thinking he'd probably be the best man for the job. He'd command respect from the players, both young and older, something I don't think a guy like Patrick Roy would be able to do right away. We need an experienced coach at this time, and he might be the right guy.

If I read the poll right and Crawford was the 3rd choice, I wouldn't want all the baggage he comes with, cause I read somewhere that he's still dealing with the incident from way back when, and if that's true, it's not a good idea to have him at this time.

As for #1 on the list, wouldn't mind seeing him either. I think he'll end up with an extension out in Vancouver, though.

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Whether you're Vigneault first, Quenneville second or vice versa, I think the most telling thing from this poll is how the media's darling, Patrick roy, hasn't yet garnered a single vote. Experience over all else, I suppose.

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Whether you're Vigneault first, Quenneville second or vice versa, I think the most telling thing from this poll is how the media's darling, Patrick roy, hasn't yet garnered a single vote. Experience over all else, I suppose.

I don't know about the majority of fans but I'm not anti-Patrick, it's just there's IMO 2 clearly better options in this poll. I'd actually prefer Patrick over Crawford or Hartley.

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This is one of the few cases where I actually let the language issue decide my vote. Like most of you I feel that the first two choices are a cut above the others; they've got more experience than St. Patrick and watching Crawford on TSN has made it clear to me that I want him nowehere near our head coaching position. To my untrained eye, however, I can't honestly tell you the difference between the top two. With that in mind I'll go with Vigneault since it would be a lot of fun to have a skilled, respected and experienced Québecois leading the team.

Having said that, though, I would hope that the hockey minds that make up the Montreal Canadiens brain trust will use a more scientific selection process :P

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I don't know about the majority of fans but I'm not anti-Patrick, it's just there's IMO 2 clearly better options in this poll. I'd actually prefer Patrick over Crawford or Hartley.

Me neither. Nothing against Patrick but there are stronger candidates in this poll. But there are also weaker candidates IMO, like Crawford and Hartley. Patrick just isn't my first choice.

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I voted for Vigneault, i would be ok with Queenenville also, but both seems to be quite unlikely candidates. If the Flyers gets eliminated there might be an availability in Laviolette, that i would consider, but my number one options for the spot would be the two T's, Tippett and Trotz.

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I don't know about the majority of fans but I'm not anti-Patrick, it's just there's IMO 2 clearly better options in this poll. I'd actually prefer Patrick over Crawford or Hartley.

Me neither. Nothing against Patrick but there are stronger candidates in this poll. But there are also weaker candidates IMO, like Crawford and Hartley. Patrick just isn't my first choice.

I'm fully agreed with both of you on the pecking order and likewise, I'm not opposed to roy (or Gallant) if we do decide to go with a junior coach. I'm also not keen to see Crawford nor Hartley here and I'll take Patrick over either one. I just found it worthy of pointing out that no one had yet chosen him first given the initial hype over the possibility of him coming here.

This is one of the few cases where I actually let the language issue decide my vote. Like most of you I feel that the first two choices are a cut above the others; they've got more experience than St. Patrick and watching Crawford on TSN has made it clear to me that I want him nowehere near our head coaching position. To my untrained eye, however, I can't honestly tell you the difference between the top two. With that in mind I'll go with Vigneault since it would be a lot of fun to have a skilled, respected and experienced Québecois leading the team.

Having said that, though, I would hope that the hockey minds that make up the Montreal Canadiens brain trust will use a more scientific selection process :P

I agree with this too. This is a perfect illustration of where you have two excellent candidates (even though Quenneville is apparently now out of the running) to become the coach and whereby it's hard to clearly say one is the superior overall choice. And in this case, I'm perfectly fine with the team opting for the francophone guy in the tie-break.

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I also went with Vignault, but I would be thrilled with Joel as well.

yep....same here...I voted Alain

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I want him too as well and succeed but we havent had luck with past players

I don't know if we can generalize that statement. Carbo, while his lack of experience showed at times, actually took this team to 1st in the East. Toe Blake wasn't a bad coach either! Tremblay was really the exception to the rule in terms of a guy who had no business being in the NHL at the time we hired him, but Cunneyworth and Therrien were just as bad, for example. The question is not whether a guy was a past player for us, but whether he's built up a good enough coaching resume. Patrick, while not my first choice because of our market, definitely has the credentials to deserve a shot in the NHL.

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I don't know if we can generalize that statement. Carbo, while his lack of experience showed at times, actually took this team to 1st in the East.

It's pretty clear, though, that Carbonneau had very little to do with that first-place finish. Hands up, anyone who was expecting Kovalev to rebound from a poor 06-07 season to post 84 points and carry us to a first-place conference finish? The schedule was also padded by an outlier 8 wins against Boston, and we also had a red-hot power play. Carbonneau was competent enough to sit back and let hot players stay hot, but he was awful at finding answers when the team slumped, nor did he understand how to adjust in-game, match lines, or manage ice time properly.

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