PH: Recently you were named to be a pro scout for the Montreal Canadiens? How did this gig come about for you?
MM: I soon realized after my playing days were over that I missed being part of a team. Although it is completely different than playing, I am so excited to be part of an NHL team again.
I started to send my hockey resume out to several teams back in the winter and also connecting with any personnel or ex-teammates that are currently working for NHL teams. I just explained my interest in joining an NHL club if a position was vacant. That is basically how it happened. "Networking".
PH: As pro scout for the Canadiens, what will some of your responsibilities be?
MM: Although our first scouting meeting is approaching, I think it's safe to say that my responsibilities will be to know 10-15 pro teams (in the northeast) inside and out for trade and free agency purposes. Other than that, I will find out in a couple weeks.
PH: How do you think your experience in the NHL as a player/analyst will help you in your new position for the Canadiens?
MM: I know that being an ex-NHL player doesn't qualify you to be a good coach, scout, mgr., etc. But I do know that I have learned a lot through the years while being on some good and not so good teams. And within those teams I've played with many different types of players with different qualities and definciencies.
I feel that those experiences will help me when looking at players and making strong suggestions on which ones can help the Montreal Canadiens.