Habs fans. Listen to me. Habs fans? *slap* Okay, now listen to me. I know, I know, Guy Boucher is a phenom. Yes, he is seen as a rising star in the hockey world. I know he has been successful in different leagues. Yes, we hate J-Mart the way only Habs fans can hate a coach. Yes, we wanted Guy Boucher in Montreal right fucking now. And I hear you, it sucks that Tampa gets him and we get another three years (kill me now) of J-Mart and his gremlin ears and riveting press conferences.
But… um… how was it supposed to work, exactly?
J-Mart wasn’t going to magically disappear, you know. According to Dave Stubbs, he has a very expensive out clause in his contract. And he just took a team that hadn’t had so much as a sniff at an Anything Final in seventeen years to the Conference Final. Beating elite teams along the way, don’t forget. He bought himself quite a bit of time, and believe me when I say this, J-Mart isn’t about to get pushed out or step aside without breaking a few things on his way out the door.
As for Guy… it’s his career. If somebody told you you could be the head coach of an NHL team right now, why would you settle for an assistant coaching position? Because it would be with the Montreal Canadiens?
We sure like to kid ourselves sometimes. Work for Stevie Y and run your own team before becoming the greatest Habs coach since Scotty or work for Boivin and Gauthier and languish beside Jacques Martin for the next three years? This one’s a no-brainer, folks. If Guy wants to coach the Montreal Canadiens someday, he will. In the meantime, he doesn’t have to deal with their mess.
And that’s assuming they offered him an assistant or associate coaching position, which they may not have.
I know that things may not be looking too promising right now, but the Habs didn’t let Guy Boucher get away. They allowed him to do what’s best for him. If the Habs never got that loser point on April 10th, things may have turned out differently. J-Mart might have conveniently been moved up to management. Guy might have been brought up.
But the Habs managed to get to overtime that night. So as you can all see, the blame for all of this lies squarely at the feet of the Toronto Maple Leafs and their plague of fail that they kindly infected our Habs with.
Quick note: Reports that Kirk Muller has been told he’s free to look for a head coaching position in either NHL or the AHL and rumblings that he is being urged to learn French don’t necessarily have to be mutually exclusive.
It looks like the Habs have an embarrassment of riches in terms of future head coaches, if you’re talking a few years down the line. For now… yeah, kill me. Or at least put me into a coma until the J-Mart era is over.