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Originally Posted by ECWHSWI View Post
he never did. All he said is that ability to speak french is important and will be factored in.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=609444

"What will happen in the future, at the end of the season, is that we will re-evaluate the whole file," Gauthier said. "As (owner Geoff) Molson said in his communique a week ago, it's very important to us that our head coach be bilingual. So that will be part of our decision at that point."

By saying this, it's basically saying that language is the number one issue. If language wasn't the most important criteria, he would have said something to the effect of "the most important thing is winning, and we'll try our best to keep language in mind when making these decisions."

So yeah, he never said "NO. 1 PRIORITY IS LANGUAGE" outright, and since you can only seem to understand things that are written in the most direct and literal sense, I can see how it might create problems for you.

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He'll be available next summer ?

yeah it sure is logic to talk about Babcock while we all know he'll be the Wings HC next season... or to pretend it's a fact that language is NO1 priority while NO ONE ever said that.
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Of course Babcock isn't available. But if he was, the Habs would turn him down despite the fact that he's won almost everything there is to win as a coach. Why would they turn him down? Because he doesn't speak French (remember the quote I posted...)

Take a coach who's had similar success, just at lower levels (AHL, WJC, CHL etc.) will he even get a look if he doesn't speak French? Probably not.

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