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03-21-2012, 12:14 PM
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Randy Cunneyworth may not be up to coaching an NHL team in such a pressure cooker situation but he did a creditable job in the circumstances. At least the players weren't in revolt against him, as they seemed to be against Guy Carbonneau, who lost control of them in his second season. It was obvious from Day 1 that RC would be replaced by a bilingual coach. After all, this is Montréal, and the atmosphere is reminiscent of an arena in which a partisan crowd agitated by the media votes thumbs up or down on a gladiator's life.
I won't be shocked at all to see him get another head coaching job in the near future.
Some people really fail to grasp just how dismal a situation he was thrust into. Dealing with ego's & managing the "human" side of an NHL locker room is one of the most difficult aspects of being a head coach, & thanks to PG/Molson, RC stepped into his first taste of being an NHL bench boss with his legs completely cut out from under him.
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