Julien was hired on as coach of the Habs, was he not? If I recall correctly, Julien was coaching a farm team shared by the Oiler & the Habs and the Oiler's had to officially release his 'rights' so that he could coach the Habs. If this is correct, what were the circumstances of his release then?
Time to start a threade fire MacT Hire Julien (or as we call him here in Monmtreal, Mr. Potaoehead)
That is not really that far off. He was being groomed as as a future head coach when he was in Hamilton, when it was a true split afffiliation between Montreal and Edmonton.
In fact, IIRC, he was supplied by Edmonton to fill the head coach position, and Montreal traded Edmonton a draft pick, and agreed to play 2(?) pre-season games in Edmonton for his rights. Anyone else remember this?
"Because the Canadiens share the AHL Bulldogs with the Edmonton Oilers this season, Julien was actually under contract with the Oilers. As compensation, Montreal will send a fifth-round draft pick in 2003 to Edmonton. The pick will become a fourth-rounder if the Habs make the playoffs.
"(Oilers GM) Kevin Lowe called me this morning to congratulate me and wish me luck," Julien said. "I was really well treated by the Oilers. They gave me my first (pro) chance. Kevin Lowe is a classy guy." "
I don't supose we could give Julien a job with our AHL franchise in Springfield next year if no other team makes a coaching change? He's be a solid pick up. Or even better, we could fire Craig Simpson and hire Julien to coach our powerplay immediately..