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Rocket coach Sylvain Lefebvre fired


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52 minutes ago, maas_art said:

About time.  


I feel like he's the scapegoat though. It would be like trading Froese and saying that he was the root of our scoring woes. 

maybe he had a contagious bad attitude? how else would you explain it!??

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Have heard Ducharme as a favorite in many media circles. Have heard Joel Bouchard as possible coach or GM in Laval. Have heard Pascal Vincent.

I'll throw out a couple of other names:

- Benoit Groulx... he's a guy who was rumored to be in the mix when the Habs hired Lefebvre. He's a 3-time champion head coach of the Olympiques who had a lot of success in the Q. He's now having a ton of success in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch, reached the finals last year and has his team dominating this year as well. Not sure what his contract status is, but he'd be a guy who would be a great fit as an AHL coach or as an assistant in the big leagues, both with an eye to being an eventual potential replacement for Julien.

- Eric Veilleux's a guy who used to coach in the Q. Was also a guy who was highly thought of a couple of years ago for AHL jobs, ended up taking the job in San Antonio, where his teams have been average. Probably hasn't met enough expectations to earn a hire here, but I know his name was out there before.

- Andre Tourigny is a 3rd former Q coach who has some experience as an assistant at the NHL level with Colorado and Ottawa and is now back in the Q with Halifax. Don't think he was highly-regarded in Ottawa though, FWIW.

- Yannick Jean, Gilles Bouchard, and Phillipe Boucher would be other experienced coaches from the Q whose names could surface too.

 

Personally, I'd love to see them not only revamp the AHL staff but the NHL one too. I think Ducharme could be an interesting hire as AHL head coach, with Groulx joining Julien as an assistant in Montreal and maybe Joel Bouchard replacing Carriere as AHL GM.

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1 hour ago, BigTed3 said:

Have heard Ducharme as a favorite in many media circles. Have heard Joel Bouchard as possible coach or GM in Laval. Have heard Pascal Vincent.

I'll throw out a couple of other names:

- Benoit Groulx... he's a guy who was rumored to be in the mix when the Habs hired Lefebvre. He's a 3-time champion head coach of the Olympiques who had a lot of success in the Q. He's now having a ton of success in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch, reached the finals last year and has his team dominating this year as well. Not sure what his contract status is, but he'd be a guy who would be a great fit as an AHL coach or as an assistant in the big leagues, both with an eye to being an eventual potential replacement for Julien.

- Eric Veilleux's a guy who used to coach in the Q. Was also a guy who was highly thought of a couple of years ago for AHL jobs, ended up taking the job in San Antonio, where his teams have been average. Probably hasn't met enough expectations to earn a hire here, but I know his name was out there before.

- Andre Tourigny is a 3rd former Q coach who has some experience as an assistant at the NHL level with Colorado and Ottawa and is now back in the Q with Halifax. Don't think he was highly-regarded in Ottawa though, FWIW.

- Yannick Jean, Gilles Bouchard, and Phillipe Boucher would be other experienced coaches from the Q whose names could surface too.

 

Personally, I'd love to see them not only revamp the AHL staff but the NHL one too. I think Ducharme could be an interesting hire as AHL head coach, with Groulx joining Julien as an assistant in Montreal and maybe Joel Bouchard replacing Carriere as AHL GM.

Sure but how good are any of these guys in the foxhole? and... will they bring cake?

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9 hours ago, H_T_L said:

Put in a position to fail by a GM in over his head. Recipe for disaster and we're all witnessing it now.

Maybe, but given the fram team was consistently terrible and graduated basically no impact NHLers, how good of a coach could he have been? Maybe our drafting got worse, but Timmins at least used to be quite good at drafting guys who would go on to be useful NHLers, even in lower rounds. I feel like either our drafting has gotten significantly worse, or he just isn't a very good development coach.

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3 hours ago, Habs=stanleycup said:

The sad thing is that MB said that Lefebreve is a really good coach while firing him. Pathetic and sickening.

To be fair, if Molson fires Bergevin I'll be perfectly happy to ignore the customary "he was a really good GM".

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