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Agent says Larry Robinson open to Montreal return

May 10, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

Larry Robinson

Could Big Bird be flying back to la belle province?

Maybe, yes.

That’s the news out of Montreal today after the agent representing New Jersey Devils assistant coach Larry Robinson told La Presse his client is interested in a return to the Canadiens.

“If there’s interest on the part of the Canadiens, we will certainly listen,” Robinson’s agent Don Cape said. “We’ve offered our services to the Canadiens in the past and they said no each time.

“I think that Larry would be very interested.”

Robinson played 17 seasons in Montreal and has his No. 19 hanging from the Bell Center rafters. Since he’s under contract to the Devils until July 1, the Canadiens would need to ask permission to contact Robinson at least until after the end of the Devils’ season.

A Hall of Fame player, Robinson also has an impressive resume as a head coach. He won a Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2000 and took them back to the Eastern Conference Cup finals the following year.

A potential Robinson hire would make sense for Montreal. One, he holds iconic status within the city having won six Stanley Cups with the Canadiens.

Two, he speaks French (here’s some anecdotal evidence) and has ties to the community as one of the founders of the Montreal Polo Club (Larry loves his horses.)

Three, as a two-time Norris Trophy winner and considered one of the best blueliners of his generation, he would provide excellent mentorship to the young Canadiens defense (PK Subban, Yannick Weber, Alexei Emelin, Raphael Diaz.)

All that said, New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello said he doesn’t know thing one about this rumor.

“It’s the first time that I’ve heard talk about this story, for Larry,” Lamoriello told reporters on Wednesday “He’s still under contract with us and I won’t in such speculation now.”

  1. quizguy66 - May 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Larry certainly deserves any head coaching opportunity that he would want. He’s earned that. Given what we have gained in terms of a Montreal heart transplant (after all their last Cup was in ’93 and NJ’s big run of success began with Jacques and Larry arriving in NJ soon after), we particularly couldn’t keep him from the Habs.

    Having said all that, I kinda hope that Larry sticks with us. Montreal is the ultimate pressure-cooker and the stress of being the head coach is something that Larry cited in stepping away from that role with the Devils (while it’s a tough place on coaches it lacks the fishbowl effect of Montreal, to say the least). Does he really need that kind of stress? He has nothing left to prove.

    Regardless of his choice, as a Devils fan I can only wish Larry well and be thankful for all of the time we’ve had him.


  2. bergencountyjc - May 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    “He won a Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2000 and took them to the Eastern Conference finals the following year.”

    Didn’t he take them to the Stanley Cup Finals against Colorado in a losing effort…..?

  3. cuffhimbanano - May 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    The Devils went past the Eastern Conference finals in ’01.

    Favorite Larry Robinson moment was his “I can’t get my 50 goals” rant in whiny-hockey-player voice.

  4. ickeywoods - May 12, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Hey Quizguy! I’ve read your posts many times on PFT. What are the odds of meeting another Bengals/Devils fan? Do you ever visit MBS? There is a guy there who shares our interests.

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