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08-19-2012, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Ruel managed to piss Henri Richard off big time. That takes some form of talent, right?

Ruel seems like a guy who was great with young players, bad with old vets.

Benched Henri Richard because he felt he was too old to play, Richard never forgave him, and this is partially what let to Ruel's dismissal. Richard would go on to contribute a lot to the 71 and 73 Cups after Ruel was fired.

Ruel then got his name on the Cup a bunch of times as Director of Player Development for the 70s dynasty
Factually wrong. After Claude Ruel resigned,not fired, Al MacNeil took over and it was MacNeil who benched J.C. Tremblay, and Henri Richard which led Richard to call Al MacNeil the worst coach he had ever played for.

Claude Ruel coached the junior Canadiens for a few years - Jacques Laperrierre, Yvan Cournoyer, Andre Boudrias era, then became Toe Blake's assistant. After Scotty Bowman arrived Claude Ruel was his assistant on ice in practice AND he was the teams Director of Player Development which included scouting, follow-up with drafted players and the AHL team.

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