Let me make one thing perfectly clear.

What I’m about to say comes from my gut.

If you have any questions about what I’m about to say, then I ask that you direct all inquries directly to my gut.

However, I’ll save you the time by saying: my gut isn’t answering questions. What my gut IS saying, however is this:

Michel Therrien will become the next head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

This is the same gut feeling I had when Marc Bergevin was named general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.  My colleague, Rick Moffat, and I were having a conversation when Serge Savard and Geoff Molson were busy looking for a new GM. At the time, I told Rick that my gut was saying that Marc Bergevin would get the job.

Now my gut is saying that Michel Therrien will return as head coach of the Habs.

I don’t believe Patrick Roy was ever given serious consideration.  I believe that Marc Crawford, was.  I don’t believe that Guy Carbonneau was ever seriously on Bergevin’s radar, although Bob Hartley obviously was.

There is nothing scientific about what I’m saying.  I’m drawing my conclusions based on my sense of the situation here in Montreal as it relates to the Canadiens’ quest for their next head coach.

And my gut tells me that Michel Therrien will end up being behind the Canadiens’ bench.



About ahefter

I have covered hockey extensively during my 30-year sports broadcasting career. From the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid to the Edmonton Oiler dynasty years, I've shared my views on hockey with listeners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. You can "catch me in action" on Youtube at the following URL: My radio stops include TSN 690 Montreal, CJAD Montreal, CKNW Vancouver, and CKEY Toronto. I also ran the Canadian Press sports desk (radio). My travels as a network reporter have taken me to four Olympics, most recently Vancouver 2010. I'm currently an Applied Assistant Professor within the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.
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