Canadiens’ GM Candidates Replicate Trendy Strategy

With the Montreal Canadiens having 16 gamers in COVID protocol, they’ll now enter a five-day pause.  That is coming off of the heels of a street journey to the southern United States, a visit that noticed the Canadiens lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, and Florida Panthers.

Regardless of the pause for the Habs lineup, the administration group led by government vp Jeff Gorton remains to be laborious at work. Their principal objective is to discover a normal supervisor (GM) that may work in tandem with Gorton.

Associated: Early Entrance Runners for Canadiens’ GM Place

Renaud Lavoie of TVA reported eight individuals will probably be interviewed for the Canadiens GM job subsequent week, particularly; Patrick Roy, Daniel Brière, Mathieu Darche, Marc Denis, Kent Hughes, Stéphane Quintal, Danièle Sauvageau & Émilie Castonguay. A number of of these names have been talked about as early entrance runners for the place by THW writers.

The Canadiens GM Hiring Committee Begins

Group proprietor Geoff Molson and his choice committee, Gorton, minority proprietor Micheal Andlauer and Bob Gainey start their assembly this week in accordance with Pierre Lebrun, who additionally provides the title of Roberto Luongo to the combination.

Listening to that the Montreal Canadiens have begun reaching out to groups asking permission to talk to GM candidates. Consider they’ve accomplished so with the likes of Roberto Luongo, Daniel Briere and Mathieu Darche, amongst others. Clearly a methods to go however the course of has began.

It wouldn’t be stunning to see the interviews being accomplished remotely over digital websites corresponding to Zoom or Microsoft Groups primarily based largely because of the medical measures now in place in Quebec and among the many Canadiens themselves. Distant interviews will imply that there will probably be a second interview course of that may must be accomplished in individual as there’s some unstated physique language misplaced when accomplished remotely. The await this step to have begun might have been attributable to needing permission from different organizations to talk to some candidates, corresponding to Roberto Luongo (Florida Panthers) and Mathieu Darche (Tampa Bay Lightning).

Florida Panthers Roberto Luongo
Retired Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (AP Picture/Joel Auerbach, File)

Whereas it’s promising information that the Canadiens have been reaching out for permission from different groups, there isn’t any assure that groups will grant permission or that the individual they’re concentrating on from that group would have an interest within the place. That being stated, it’s anticipated that every one groups requested will present permission as this can be very uncommon within the NHL for organizations to disclaim upward mobility to their personnel, particularly when GM positions are being provided. 

New Canadiens GM Candidates

There are some fascinating names added to the listing of candidates, and for these saying the Canadiens ought to be looking for out these with NHL administration expertise, they neglect that Gorton will probably be working in tandem, that means, the expertise wanted is already in place. The brand new GM could have help. The essential points for the job now are to herald somebody who can work cooperatively, has an inherent ability at figuring out expertise, and has a extra trendy mindset to assist lead the Canadiens roster and growth ahead from the standard college of thought Marc Bergevin adopted to 1 that has been taking on the NHL within the final 5 to 10 years, that of pace and mobility on the blueline and having a deal with offensive ability at heart. The names added to the listing of candidates appear to suit that mindset.

Marc Denis

At present, Marc Denis works as an analyst for RDS, the french language sports activities community affiliated to TSN, and has first-hand data of the group and its younger gamers attributable to his work overlaying the group each day. He would have been capable of assess the expertise, the strengths, the weaknesses, and in addition, to kind an opinion on a approach forward due to his distinctive standpoint.

Whereas it’s true he lacks NHL managerial expertise, he does have expertise as an NHL goaltender, as a coach with the QMJHL Chicoutimi Saguenéens, and not too long ago, presiding over a committee to modernize the event of hockey gamers and programs with Hockey Quebec.

A part of what the Canadiens will probably be doing on this hiring course of is not only in search of new concepts, but additionally trying to new locations to seek for a GM, particularly taking a look at brokers and at including variety by speaking to certified girls as properly. The Canadiens will probably be trying to converse to 2 of them on this course of.

Danièle Sauvageau

Danièle Sauvageau jogs my memory of Pat Burns in that she is a former police officer who started teaching girls’s minor hockey bringing in a no-nonsense method to the place. Ultimately, she grew to become head coach of the Canadian Girls’s Nationwide program, profitable a number of Medals. She then moved on to a task as an assistant coach with the QMJHL Montreal Rocket earlier than shifting on to ultimately changing into the GM of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Montreal Carabins then because the GM of the Montreal primarily based group of the Skilled Girls’s Hockey Participant’s Affiliation. 

She has expertise as a coach, a GM, and an government on the Olympic {and professional} ranges. Her work as a Hockey Canada Teaching Mentor additionally offers her with a view of participant and training growth the Canadiens want. Even when she shouldn’t be seen as a candidate for GM after the hiring course of is full, she might be a wonderful option to be introduced in as an assistant GM answerable for participant growth.

Émilie Castonguay

One other fascinating title that additionally brings a various expertise is participant agent Émilie Castonguay. A former participant herself, as an NCAA participant with Niagara College. She could also be finest generally known as the primary feminine to grow to be an authorized NHLPA participant agent, one in all Sportsnet’s prime 25 most influential girls in sports activities, and as Alexis Lafrenière’s agent.

Alexis Lafreniere New York Rangers
Alexis Lafreniere, New York Rangers (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

To get up to now she must have been extremely motivated, organized, and expert at figuring out expertise early, all attributes wanted for a GM. If she had been involved in leaving her rising enterprise as a participant agent for the NHL entrance workplace of the Canadiens she would add variety, however not attributable to her gender, however attributable to her standpoint as an agent. Negotiation expertise, ability identification, and a capability to work properly in a gaggle setting would all profit the Canadiens and Gorton, who’s able to mentoring a younger GM.

Whoever the Canadiens rent, they’ll have their arms full in retooling or rebuilding the Canadiens roster, growth, and scouting programs. They might want to work in tandem with Jeff Gorton to construct a basis of pace and mobility. Followers all the time say “rent one of the best candidate accessible”, in Montreal, that does have to incorporate language. Of the names talked about, all of them deliver one thing totally different to the desk, one of the best candidate accessible that the Canadiens want most of all, is somebody who shares Gorton’s observe report of focussing on constructing from the blueline out with a contemporary view of mobility and ability first.