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Randy Cunneyworth’s week in Montreal could get worse

Dec 19, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

Randy Cunneyworth; AP

Randy Cunneyworth might be the least envied coach, interim or otherwise, in the league.

Not only does Cunneyworth slide in after Jacques Martin’s firing he also has to deal with half of Quebec hating that he’s even there because he doesn’t speak French. The Canadiens’ schedule does nothing to help him out right away either.

After taking a 5-3 beat down from New Jersey on Saturday, Montreal gets to deal with Boston tonight. Not only is the game in Boston against a hated rival, but it’s a Bruins team that is relentlessly beating opponents down. Rivalry games are a different sort of beast usually, but with Montreal in tumult at the moment, things don’t shape up well for the Habs.

On Wednesday, Montreal follows up a grueling game with Boston with back-to-back nights in Chicago and Winnipeg against the streaking Blackhawks and the tough-at-home Jets. If you thought the complaints against Cunneyworth’s interim appointment were annoying now, just wait til Christmas rolls around at the end of the week and Quebecois and Anglophones alike in Montreal are trying stuff his stocking with coal and pink slips.

If the Canadiens are serious about getting locked into the playoff race and doing something to give the coach a break, they’ll figure out a way to finish the week with more than three points in the standings. Then again, maybe the players could be just trying to find a way to get Pierre Gauthier canned too.

  1. govtminion - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    …so Montreal fans scream bloody murder to get Martin fired, and when it happens they start screaming about the replacement before he’s even been there for two games? OK, he doesn’t know French. So… would you rather have a coach who doesn’t speak French, or one who does but isn’t as good of a coach? The Habs must have seen something in Cunneyworth to have bumped him to the top job that put him above other candidates, including French-speaking ones. How about give him some time before calling for his head, guys?

  2. superross - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    We want Mr Molson to clean house………not just tidy up a little! The Vegan has to go!

    • hank10 - Dec 19, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      Shouldn’t your response have been in French?

      • pastabelly - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:07 PM

        en francais s’il vous plait

      • elvispocomo - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        I think he wanted to be sure Gionta and particularly Gomez understood it, since they don’t speak French either (although I think Gionta was learning since being appointed captain was he not?).

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