NHL Speculation: Would Bob Hartley Be a Good Coach for the Montreal Canadiens?

May 29th, 2012 by Stefano Mocella Leave a reply »
The Montreal Canadiens' coaching search may be over.

It's been almost a month since Marc Bergevin was hired as the Habs GM. Now, speculation is flying as to who the next head coach will be.

Fred Poulin of thehockeywriters.com has reported that Bob Hartley will be announced as the new Habs head coach very soon. This past Sunday's Memorial Cup final fueled the report, as Bergevin and Geoff Molson were in Shawinigan, Quebec, to take in the final, particularly to take a look at the team's prospects playing in the tournament. Habs prospects in the final were Jared Tinordi (of the London Knights), Morgan Ellis and Michael Bournival.

Getting back to Hartley, Poulin's report says he was often seen talking with several members of the Canadiens organization.

Hartley was at the final primarily because he's a special adviser to Shawinigan Cataractes head coach Eric Veilleux. The Cataractes did in fact win the Memorial Cup, 2-1 in overtime over the Knights. Poulin reports that Veilleux may join Hartley in Montreal as his assistant; Veilleux played for Hartley for nine years at the junior level.

Hartley is currently the head coach of the ...

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