Friday, July 22, 2011
Habs Complete Coaching Shuffle
The Montreal Canadiens announced today that both Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur, who spent last season behind the bench of the Hamilton Bulldogs, will be promoted to assistant coaches with the Habs, filling the vacancy left by Kirk Muller's departure. Since Jacques Martin and Perry Pearn already have spots at ice-level, one of the two Randys will coach from the press gallery. Both have solid resumes, and Ladouceur will be a valuable member of the staff as a true defense coach, something Habs blueliners have lacked for quite some time (a role that Pearn played with the New York Rangers but has focused less on with the Canadiens).
At the same time, the Habs announced the replacement for the Bulldogs, as Clement Jodoin takes over head coaching duties. Jodoin spent the last 4 years as head coach of the Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL. If the name sounds familiar to you, it's because previously, he was an assistant coach with the Canadiens between the 1997-98 and 2002-03 seasons. Jodoin is older - not the "sexy" up and coming type the Habs have often chosen in the past - but has a reputation as being good with developing younger players, and was twice named Coach of the Year in the Q (1997, and 2007 when he won the honour CHL-wide).