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Dreger: Hartley-to-Montreal rumors are “untrue”

May 29, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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Yesterday, we wrote about the speculation that Bob Hartley was all set to become the new head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

Today, TSN’s Darren Dreger said the rumors are “untrue.”

“That’s not to say that Bob Hartley won’t be the top candidate and end up with the top job as head coach,” Dreger told TSN Radio 990 in Montreal, “but I don’t get the sense that it’s imminent and I don’t think it’s going to happen this week.”

Hartley, the former head coach in Atlanta and Colorado, has one year left on his contract with ZSC Lions in Zurich, and Dreger said the Swiss team isn’t “about to rip it up and say good luck in Montreal.”

You’d have to think some form of compensation will be involved if Hartley’s permitted to take a job next season in Montreal.

And that’s assuming he’s the one the Habs want to hire. Dreger reports Michel Therrien and Marc Crawford are still in the running for the position.

  1. hiltonandastoria - May 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Crawford would be great, Hartley would be very good, Therrien….would be a mistake

  2. quonce - May 29, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Should have given Randy a fair chance.

    • cornshucked - May 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      They did.

  3. cornshucked - May 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    You know, I’m down with Crawford as well. He’s learnt a lot working @ TSN. He got a behind the scenes look of how things operate and has had to analyze nearly every player and game in the past few years. Not a bad mind to have behind the bench.

    • habsman - May 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      I would be totally disgusted if they bring in Crawford. The lasting image I have of Crawford, is a smirk on his face as Steve Moore was being carted off on a stretcher after he sic(ed) Bertuzzi on him.

      And the weasel (as well as Brian Burke) got off scott free after ruining Moore’s career. (Bertuzzi took the fall both emotionally and financially)

      We can do better.

      • cornshucked - May 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        Disgusted? For something that happened that long ago? Get over it. By your own deffinition you are disgusted at the entire game because that behavior happened all season. You are talking junk, no need to listen to you.

  4. habsman - May 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    “He’s learnt a lot working @ TSN.”

    Brilliant insight, thanks for that.

    Not sure what you’re talking about when you say “that behavior happened all season.” Crawford has been out of the league for the past couple of years now. Other than that, you’re spot on!

  5. selldannysell - May 30, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    I wish the Caps were addressing their head-coaching vacancy. Then again, I wish we had a real GM.

  6. stevefromsacto - May 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Real GM? Let’s see, we have Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green, Laich, Alzner, Carlson, Orlov, Holtby Neuwirth, plus one of the top young plsyers in the world over in Moscow, plus plenty of cap space to deal some more. Pretty fair core of players.

    Also, you have no idea whether the Caps are “addressing their head-coaching vacancy”. Perhaps they are waiting until the Stanley Cup finals are over, when two potential head coaches (Robinson and Oates) will be available? Duh!

    You wouldn’t know a good GM if he bit you in the butt.

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