It goes without saying that the Montreal Canadiens are likely to make changes to the team’s front office and behind the bench following the 2011-2012 season and names of potential replacements are beginning to surface.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, former Habs goalie Patrick Roy and current Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Marc Bergevin are among the front runners for the head coach and general manager positions respectively.
As reported last week, the betting money is on Chicago executive Marc Bergevin replacing Pierre Gauthier as GM of the Habs. Gauthier is expected to be shown the door at the end of the season. If it isn’t Bergevin, then Tampa assistant GM Julien Brisebois or Toronto’s Claude Loiselle will get consideration. Top candidates for coach: Patrick Roy and Winnipeg assistant Pascal Vincent.
The Canadiens have had a rather up and down season which has been disappointing for the most part. They currently sit last in the Eastern Conference with 64 points after firing head coach Jacques Martin earlier this season in favour of interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth.