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Hartley the new Habs coach?

May 28, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

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Rumors are flying that Bob Hartley is set to become the new head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

The former NHL bench boss in Colorado and Atlanta is currently the head coach of the ZSC Lions in Switzerland. The past few days he’s been a special assistant for the QMJHL Shawinigan Cataractes, who won the Memorial Cup Sunday as tournament hosts.

Hartley’s name has long been on the list of potential Habs coaches. However, if he has indeed reached an agreement with Montreal, it’s news to Zurich GM Peter Zahner, reports TVA Sports.

Hartley supposedly has a year left on his contract in Switzerland, and it’s unclear if that will be a major obstacle should he wish to return to the NHL this season.

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  1. hiltonandastoria - May 28, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Good hire Habs, and French is his 1st language to satisfy the whining Montreal media.

    I wasn’t a fan of the GM hire, but Mark B has been hiring some good people around him.

  2. mydadyourmom - May 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM


  3. polegojim - May 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Sorry Habs fans…. sure, Hartley can speak French…. but he’s a weak HC.

    I watched him and his team in Colorado. Not impressed at all. Why do you think he’s coaching a ‘Swiss’ team and not in the NHL?

    This is a consolation hire, since they didn’t get the guy they wanted.

    Which do you want, French or Wins? My memory of Montreal would be ‘Wins’.

  4. koyoteken - May 29, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Sorry, you had a 50% chance of answering your own question correctly, and you blew it.
    Thanks for playing.

    The real question is: How’s his diving technique?

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