If you could only pick your forwards from Sweden would you being doing your team and fans a service?
This isn't a question of the ability of French coaches, as there are many capable and great ones. It's a question of limiting your options. You should surround yourself with the best, whether they're from Gatineau or Mars.
Count me in the Pete Laviolette bandwagon. I just want to win! I don't give a **** about anything else anymore. Besides, the coach can always go through a crash course in french during the process. Who cares if his french sucks, just look at Demers/Perron...
IMO, we're in big trouble if we have to limit our choices to francophone-only head coaches.
I look at a guy like Peter Laviolette and I think he'd be a great coach for us.
What's your opinion on the matter?
history says yes .....no chance in heck of a pure anglo ....and if your guy "Laviolette" wants the gig behind the bench in Montreal then he better under stand "Parle vous Francais" or take some courses on how to understand it and speak it ...... fast
way its going in Montreal ,he wouldnt have time to learn it before he was fired
* Claude Ruel, 1968-71
* Al MacNeil, 1971
* Scotty Bowman, 1971-79
* Bernie Geoffrion, 1979
* Claude Ruel, 1979-81
* Bob Berry, 1981-84
* Jacques Lemaire, 1984-85
* Jean Perron, 1985-88
* Pat Burns, 1988-92
* Jacques Demers, 1992-95
* Mario Tremblay, 1995-97
* Alain Vigneault, 1997-00
* Michel Therrien, 2000-03
* Claude Julien, 2003-06
* Bob Gainey, 2006 (January - May) (interim coach)
* Guy Carbonneau, 2006 - present
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Playing in Montreal is different. Its the only franchise that has fans of 2 different languages. Everything the habs do has to cater to both languages. Im sure its extremely hard to please everyone. Because of that, although I dont necessarily agree with it, I think its easiest for everyone if there is a french canadian coach. Promotional stuff, interviews, press conferences. Its just the way it is i guess. We are different from every other team in the league. I guess where some franchises have other things to deal with, such as attendance, we have our own issues, which is catering to fans in 2 different languages in a province where french mostly dominates english. It will always cause debate, from french coaches to french players. Its just something that we have to deal with. Its kind of our identity maybe?
Where is the poll? Would be nice to see what resulting the voting would get us.
We should hire the best available coach. That should be the ultimate criteria when thinking of hiring a coach.
To answer your question directly, yes I believe it is an important criteria for the big shots running the habs. It is unfortunate that language/culture/heritage/race etc comes is a factor but it is.
I really think it is a miracle Bob Gainey an Anglophone is the GM, it is very unlikely that with the advent of the Quiet Revolution and the emancipation of the French Canadian peoples in Quebec that Anglophones will ever be seriously represented, in a level of Government, Civil Service, Police Force, Hockey Club, Education etc. Quebec is Quebec.
Bill 101, Government, Everyday everything has made Quebec a purely uni-lingual Francophone State/Nation/"Province" that is the reality of the situation and it is clearly reflected on all levels. Jobs, Hockey teams, Government etc etc etc
if your limiting your selection to bilingual coaches then you have bob hartley,denis savard,michel therrien,benoit groulx and possibly guy boucher as an option if hes willing
their are a couple coaches id take ahead of laviolette, like quinn,nolan and deffinately tom renney
Nolan wears out his welcome too quickly. He doesn't bring stability. Renney is a good coach, but he's a better assistant. He's another defensive coach, and that's just not a style that suits our players. Plus, he's another "players' coach." The only way Renney is an upgrade on Carbo is that he would actually make good tactical decisions.
Laviolette, on the other hand, would be great if he could employ the system he did in Carolina. This team doesn't know to sit back. They should be constantly attacking and forechecking. No more of this defensive crap.
Well, as long as they hire the best coach, I'm fine. I don't care if he speaks french or not.
Same, but the problem is some people do care. And because of that, the team is forced to hire coaches who speak french, regardless if they are the best option at the time. It will most likely always be like that.