The guy many thought would be the next Habs coach, Bob Hartley, won’t be the next Habs coach, as he’s just signed on with the Calgary Flames.
So that’s that.
It is a little surprising, though. Hartley comes from Hawkesbury, just down the road from Montreal. He’s French and he seemed to be the frontrunner. But I suppose he got an offer he couldn’t refuse from the Flames, and that’s fine.
Usually it’s players who don’t want to come to Montreal. Now it’s coaches too. Maybe he didn’t want the pressure and limelight, although Calgary has it’s own share of such. Just not on par with the Canadiens, that’s all.
My thinking is, if Marc Bergevin desperately wanted Hartley on board, he would have made sure it happened. Or maybe the boss couldn’t afford him because he has to pay Scott Gomez.
And maybe our GM has a real beauty in mind, and when the announcement comes, we’ll drive around town and toot our horns and people will wonder what all the fuss is about. Or maybe not.
If Hartley didn’t really want to coach in Montreal, then we don’t want him anyway. I guess I’ll just lump him in with Daniel Briere from now on, although you’re probably going to say that I don’t know any details so what the heck am I talking about and I shouldn’t jump to any conclusions. But just the other day, when Geoff and Marc were at my house and we ate and drank and talked about……
Now who’s gonna be the bench boss in the big city? What’s Bergevin got up his sleeve? Who’s going to be the guy to lead the team to the promised land, in both official languages.