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PostSubject: SHOCKER IN MONTREAL.....HABS FIRE CARBONNEAU!!   Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:39 pm

The Montreal Canadiens fired head coach Guy Carbonneau on Monday and replaced him behind the bench with general manager Bob Gainey. Carbonneau, a finalist for the Jack Adams Award last year, was let go after nearly three seasons as Montreal's head coach.

Gainey first appearance behind the bench will be on Tuesday night when the Canadiens host the Edmonton Oilers.

"Not long ago, I responded to a question: What was the best decision I made as (Canadiens) GM? And hiring Guy was my best decision," Gainey said Monday at a news conference. "Today this decision might seem contradictory, but in the last eight weeks our performance has been below average, and I believe that a change of the direction at ice level was necessary. With 16 games left in the season, I believe that the change was necessary to maximize our chances of being one of the teams to participate in the playoffs this spring."

"There were certain games when I had a real confusion about the overall ... it showed up as effort, but I felt like it was emotional engagement to a game," Gainey said. "Our team (did) not seem to be emotionally engaged."

After finishing first in the Eastern Conference last year, the Canadiens' 100th anniversary season in 2008-09 has been anything but smooth. Controversy has followed the team throughout the year and they have dealt with several on and off-ice issues.

"I find ourselves in a position that requires my intervention, and the response is my decision today," Gainey said. "I feel like its necessary to make a change, but the real answer will be the results 35 days from now."

The team got off to a very strong start, but lately have had their struggles. The team was comfortably in playoff position until the All-Star game in Montreal on Jan. 25, after which they won just three of 15 games to fall back into a group of six teams that are fighting for four playoff spots. Montreal is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, just one point ahead of Florida, the Rangers, and Pittsburgh.

"(Carbonneau) took a very difficult job (as coach) and tried his best to advance the team," said Gainey. "It's never an easy message to deliver to anyone, but it was at a point where I felt it was needed."

"I'm not going to make black-and-white changes, but we need to move toward being a better, stronger, more consistent team defensively and an offensive team that takes advantage of our opportunities," added Gainey.

Associate coach Doug Jarvis, along with assistant coaches Kirk Muller and Roland Melanson will all be staying with the club. In addition, the Canadiens have added Hamilton Bulldogs head coach Don Lever to their staff. Hamilton assistant coach Ron Wilson will take over as bench boss of the AHL club.

This will be Gainey's second stint as head coach of the Canadiens. He previously took over following the dismissal of Claude Julien during the 2005-06 season. He guided the club to a 23-15-3-0 record after the team went 19-16-6-0 under Julien. The Canadiens lost in the first round of the playoffs that season.

Carbonneau originally replaced Gainey as head coach of the Canadiens on May 5, 2006. He had spent part of the season prior to that as an associate coach with the Habs, and was hired to Gainey's staff with the intention that he would become head coach in time for the 2006-07 season.

Carbonneau's coaching record with Montreal was a combined 124-83-23. Montreal missed the playoffs in his first season, and last year were eliminated in five games by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round. He becomes the seventh NHL head coach to be fired this season
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PostSubject: Re: SHOCKER IN MONTREAL.....HABS FIRE CARBONNEAU!!   Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:09 am

Well....I honestly didn't see it coming. I was actually having the conversation about this possibility lastnight watching the habs/stars game at my friends house. He said "do you think gainey has the balls to fire carbonneau with so many games left?" I actually laughed at him and said "yeah right, i don't think so" I was blaming gainey for the habs lack of will to play the game. But now that I think about it and reflect on their season, I couldn't agree more. What happened to the team the was first place in the East Last year, to a team that is battling just to get into the playoffs this year?? It's not like the habs lost alot of players in transition!! I mean you would think they would of been way better. I mean we lost Ryder, Huet, and Striet. Gainey left the reins up to Carey Price, Signed tough guy laraque, and then signed a high end second liner in Alex Tanguay. Habs fans at the start of the season thought we were gonna win it all!! But then it began....
The team started to fall slowly but consistently. Players fell with injuries, and then goaltending started to falter. Our best players weren't our best players in key situations. Then the all star game happened. After that Carey Price took a nose dive and almost got knocked out in the midst. For the next 2 months, the habs didn't have the "edge" or the "hunger" to win like they did. Everybody was blaming Kovalev and saying that Montreal should trade him (I was one of those people). But it was behind the scenes that nobody knew about that Gainey made clear today in his announcement to address his reasoning for the firing. Carbonneau lost the team!! He didn't like controntation with the players!! When I heard that, I would of fired him too. That's like being a police officer and not being there when needed the most.

Guy Carbonneau was not there when needed period!! So for all you people who say that Gainey made a mistake. Remember one thing - Bob Gainey didn't stand behind the bench during the season. Carbonneau did!! He has to inspire his players and get them focused!! He didn't.

But now you fans can have a chance and judge Gainey because it's his turn, and I know things will be different now good or bad. But I know one thing, they will be ready!! But before I finish I will wish Carbo the best. He has learned alot from his stint now in montreal and will get another chance to coach a team in the future i know it. So now, just think of montreal's season starting all over and tommorow is the first game of the year against Edmonton.

I know i'll be watching...
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PostSubject: Re: SHOCKER IN MONTREAL.....HABS FIRE CARBONNEAU!!   Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:57 pm

The way I look at it is this, the current Habs season is almost a mirror image of what happened to the Sens last year, high expectations great first half then seemingly falling flat on thier faces the second half, I honestly hope the Habs miss the playoffs for the only reason that it would show management there is something fundamentally flawed with the core makeup of the group instead of sqeaking into the playoffs and having the fall back excuse of we got beat by a better team, with 10 pending FA's there will be huge change coming for the Habs and really it's not a bad thing but I have serious concerns that the fanbase will accept this with it being the 100th season and the only acceptable goal being the cup.
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