NHL Canadian Corner – May 28, 2012.

Another update on the Canadiens head coach search, and Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke comments on the “Luongo-to-Maple Leafs” rumors.


Hartley the next coach of the Canadiens?

CANOE.CA: Gilles Moffet recently reported of rumors former NHL head coach Bob Hartley may be moving closer to becoming the next head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. According to a source, there’s only been one conversation between the Canadiens and Quebec Remparts owner/GM/coach Patrick Roy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s anticipated the Canadiens will announce the hiring of their new head coach – whoever it may be – at some point next month, prior to the June Entry Draft weekend.

TVA SPORTS: Louis-André Lariviére reports Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke wouldn’t specify if his team has interest in Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, as that would violate the league’s tampering rules, but did say there’s been no serious discussions about Luongo.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That doesn’t necessarily mean Burke isn’t interested in Luongo, and his comments won’t do anything to stifle speculation about a “Luongo-to-Toronto” trade.



  1. I’m curious as to why you think the Habs would wait to announce just before the entry draft. If the guy is chosen, could they not announce before the final begins on Wednesday? Or at latest, the whole thing could go 7 games and be done on June 13. Do you think the coach genuinely has not been chosen, or that Bergevin will just be reluctant to make an announcement during the final?

  2. does bob hatley speak french ? i can’t believe what goes on in montreal.

  3. Casey, I never said “just before the draft”. What I said was it’s anticipated the Canadiens will announce at some point next month, before the entry draft. It could be June 1, it could be the afternoon of June 22nd, just before the first round begins. Bergevin isn’t waiting for the playoffs to end to make the announcement.

  4. First. Hartley does speak French, and that is why his name has been tossed around in the Montreal media. He was not front and center however due to some undisclosed troubles which supposedly pushed him out of the NHL to europe…nothing so bad though to completely discount him (really do not know details, hopefully someone else can enlighten us?). Second, I think bergevin has a list and is checking them off one at a time: 1st) new scouts, one for Quebec, one for the States, 2) Assistant GM, Rick Dudley, and now 3) Scott Mellanby, Director of Personel, 4) coach, 5)Draft 6) free agents, 7) Contracts for Subban et. al. I have a feeling though, #7 will be started in earnest after #5.