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Canadiens Daily: Sharks Wanted Jeff Gorton; St. Louis Wants to Stay

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Did the San Jose Sharks almost lure in Jeff Gorton before the Montreal Canadiens did?

Have no fear, it appears Martin St. Louis is here to stay as Canadiens head coach!

The question now is, who will be St. Louis’ goalies for the Montreal Canadiens next season?

That and more in the latest MHN Canadiens Daily:

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Did the San Jose Sharks almost hire Jeff Gorton before the Montreal Canadiens made him their new executive vice president of hockey operations on Nov. 28? Our man in San Jose, Sheng Peng reported that the Sharks offered Gorton a position but it wasn’t close to what the Habs lured Gorton in with.

Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Martin St. Louis erased any doubts that he plans on shedding the interim tag and becoming the head coach of the Habs going forward.

Gorton and general manager Kent Hughes are about to have quite the goalie and salary cap conundrum in the very near future if Carey Price is healthy.

National Hockey Now

NYI: Two-time Canadian Women’s Hockey Olympic Gold champion Cheryl Pounder will be joining the New York Islanders TV broadcasts as the season winds down.

Philly: The Hockey Gods may be having mercy on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart as his season could be over.

Wash: It’s becoming pretty clear that the Washington Capitals have cured whatever ailed them through a frustrating and inconsistent season until the last two weeks.

Detroit: If the Detroit Red Wings do fire Jeff Blashill, don’t expect former Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice to be a candidate.

Vegas: Very disheartening to hear that Vegas Golden Knights fans have viciously attacked goalie Robin Lehner for his recent play, but have to agree with my Vegas Hockey Now colleague here that it’s tome for head coach Pete DeBoer to go back to Logan Thompson between the pipes.

Colorado: The Colorado Avalanche have bee raiding the NCAA Free Agent market this week.

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San Jose: Sheng Peng also has the latest scuttlebutt on who might be the next GM of the San Jose Sharks.

NHL

Bird Bird Bird, Bird is the word for Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman and he’s a bit poorer for it.

Honestly, Evander Kane deserves a lot worse than that!

Finally, he was never an NHL head coach but on Wednesday, he retired as the winningest head coach in NCAA Hockey history. Congratulations to longtime Boston College head coach Jerry York on an amazing career that saw him finish with 1,123 wins—including a record-setting 41 NCAA tournament victories.

York coached the Eagles to nine Hockey East Tournament titles and 12 regular-season championships, including at least a share of five of the last seven league titles. He was named Hockey East Coach of the Year in 2004, 2011, 2014, 2018, and most recently in 2021, and won the Spencer Penrose trophy as NCAA Division I coach of the year in 1977.

York also coached former Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta and plenty of other Habs and NHL players.

I had the pleasure of getting to know Coach York over the years and he was nothing but pure class!

 

 

 

 

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habbernack

I would like the Habs to hire Paul Maurice tp help MSL behind the bench. IMO they could use his input in their defensive zone coverage + all the experience he has

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