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06-22-2010, 12:31 PM
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Ian Clark out as Goalie Coach - Replaced by Melanson

As per Bob McKenzie

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Bobby Mac on fire this morning.

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Roland Joseph "Rollie the Goalie" Melanson (Born June 28, 1960 in Moncton, New Brunswick) is a former goaltender in the NHL and former goaltender coach for the Montreal Canadiens.
He spent 11 years with the Habs. Looks like Gillis decided Luongo needed a full time coach with some Montreal flavour.


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He's on hockey fights. That's one reason to like him already.


In all seriousness, I am glad we got a full time goalie coach. It always seemed like Luongo played better when he had Ian Clarke fly in and have a session with him. So it makes sense to have a goaltending coach full time rather than having to fly in Ian whenever we could, being stuck to his schedule. Kind of annoying situation with Ian. Luongo is a creature of habit, he seems to thrive on working hard as much as possible so a hands on goalie coach can be nothing but a good thing.


Now, can we cut Morgan Clarke? Does Melanson have any kids we should be aware of that we will be drafting?

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Good.

I know Clark had family and business reasons for needing to stay in Dallas, but it's best for both parties if the Canucks go in a new direction with a full-time goaltending coach.

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Melanson, the first goaltender from New Brusnwick to play in the NHL, was a goaltender/assistant coach with the Canadiens from 1997 to 2009 but could not avoid the change atop the organization last summer, moves that also cost Guy Carbonneau his job as head coach and ultimately led to Bob Gainey's decision to step down as general manager in February.

But the Canadiens, after securing the No. 8 seed in the playoffs on the final Saturday night of the regular season, hit their stride with seven-game victories over two elite opponents.

And Melanson was behind his former club all the way.

During his tenure, he coached a string of quality goaltenders in Montreal, a slated that included Jocelyn Thibault, Jose Theodore, Cristobal Huet, Jeff Hackett, Jocelyn Thibault and Carey Price.

However, his work with Jaroslav Halak, who the Canadiens groomed in their farm system, is especially satisfying, considering the Canadiens thrilling playoff run in the Stanley Cup playoffs, that ended with a five-game series setback to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference final.

Halak, the Canadiens ninth-round pick in the 2003 NHL entry draft, dazzled in the first two rounds, leading Montreal to improbable victories over the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, essentially claiming the Habs' No. 1 goaltending position from Price.

"I was very proud of Halak," Melanson said. "We spent seven years together. We started when he was a very young age, when he was 17 in Slovakia. That's when we discovered him and brought him over to North America with a ninth-round pick. This guy did everything the hard way and the honest way and he deserved everything that has come his way."

Melanson, 49, still has one year remaining on his contract with the Canadiens. He spent most of the past season keeping on top of things, whether it was in Tampa, where he based himself for some of the winter or back in New Brunswick, catching almost 200 games on television.

He wasn't a casual observer but studied trends and analyzed styles, particularly in the Western Conference.

"It gave me a chance to study teams like L.A., Anaheim, Calgary, Vancouver, which is something I would have not done in the past when you are in a hotbed like Montreal," he said.


He is sending out resumés and is hoping to hook up with a team.

"I have had a couple of good conversations with a few teams so far," he said. "It is still early"‰"¦"‰I want to work and I want to get back into the NHL. I feel that is my place and I feel I still have five to 10 more years to give and hopefully, that will happen."


As for the finals, he believes early momentum could play a key between the Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks.

"You have two animals there and it will be interesting to see who scores the first goal and who wins the first game," Melanson said. "Momentum is valuable. You can have it and lose it so quick and the team that grabs the momentum first will probably win the series. I would not be surprised if it is going to be Chicago."

He feels with the upsets that have occurred in the East thus far and with Chicago's strong overall performance, that the Hawks will outlast the Flyers.

"Usually the strong teams prevail," he said. "They are the ones who have been doing it for the longest period of time. You go with what has been consistent in the long term and Chicago has definitely been in the top three all year."
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.c...rticle/1069427

It seems like a very solid hiring to me.

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Named to Ontario Hockey Association All-Star Second Team, 1978-79.
Named to Central Hockey League All-Star First Team, 1980-81.
Member, Stanley Cup Champion New York Islanders, 1981.
Winner, Ken McKenzie Trophy (CHL Rookie of the Year), 1980-81.
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Member, Stanley Cup Champion New York Islanders, 1983.
Named to National Hockey League All-Star Second Team, 1982-83.
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Named National Hockey League Player of the Week, December 1, 1985.
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Montreal fans kicking him out the door, the usual fare for HF Boards. But in case you wanted to see their opinion of him.

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Has Dallas replaced Moog yet?

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Yes. Big successes are halak and theodore. He clashed with Price who is "more like" Luongo

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Seems like a fairly solid resume.

EDIT: Montreal fans seem to hate him a bit...I guess this was a good signing then.

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Good news, Canucks need a full timer. Now to do something about Ryan Walter...

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It also seems like he's gotten a lot of goalies in that organization to overperform in relation to their talent level. Theodore and Huet both played their best there, maybe Halak too.

I wonder how much involvement Luongo had in the selection process.

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Involved, sure, but AV worked with Rollie before + wanted him RT @joejones09 Luongo must have been heavily involved in decision, right?

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How is Price more like Luongo?

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How is Price more like Luongo?
Halak and Theodore are both tiny goalies who rely on their reflexes. Price and Luongo are big guys who cover a lot of net.

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I wonder if AV has been given more say in the assistant coaches now that the Mike Gillis appointed Assistant coaches like Ryan Walter have failed terribly. It looks likes AV wanted the new goalie coach on board according to Botch.

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Would be good to have a fulltime guy to work with Schneider as well.

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Good job Gillis. I think this was covertly one of the biggest issues last season was not having a competent goalie coach. Notice how Luongo has regressed every year he's been year and that each of our goalies Clarke has worked with haven't done too well. I look forward to seeing what Melanson can do with out net minders.

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How is Price more like Luongo?
Both haven't won anything meaningful at the NHL level (but at least Price as age as an excuse).






(I'm joking of course just in case people don't see the sarcasm smilie).

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Good job Gillis. I think this was covertly one of the biggest issues last season was not having a competent goalie coach. Notice how Luongo has regressed every year he's been year and that each of our goalies Clarke has worked with haven't done too well. I look forward to seeing what Melanson can do with out net minders.
Clark is generally considered to be good, but a full time coach will be better.

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Halak and Theodore are both tiny goalies who rely on their reflexes. Price and Luongo are big guys who cover a lot of net.
Beyond their size, Price and Luongo are quite dissimilar.

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Clark is generally considered to be good, but a full time coach will be better.
Standing by my statement. Whatever will become of Morgan Clark?!?!?!

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Canucks hire Rollie Melanson as goalie coach-GREAT MOVE !!! He was awesome with Habs. If Lou is open & makes adjustments,could be BIG yr for Canucks & their fans,this team is not far off from playing for the Cup.
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