Carbonneau is not one of the best coaches in the league.
To be fair, Montreal led the league in blocked shots last year and I think a lot of that had to do with Carbonneau instructing his players on how to block shots without leaving their feet. I credit him for this.
As a tactician, however, he's utterly incompetent, a fact which becomes apparent whenever the Habs play against some of the better coached teams around the league (see the 1st round of the 2008 playoffs for a particularly illustrative example of this).
He plays his 3rd and 4th lines way too often. Also, some of his lineup choices are puzzling, to say the least.
Wow... one mention in this whole thread of Lemaire? Is it because the Wild are boring? I think that team is the worst in the league without his system. He's like the Brodeur of coaches, it doesn't matter what's in front of him, as long as he's there you're gonna be pretty good.
I'm not hating on McLellan when I say this but let's see what he does in May before we deem him a great coach. No doubt he's a really good coach and helped the Wings in whatever way but while San Jose is playing unbelievable right now and possibly better than at any time with Ron Wilson we've seen stories like this before.