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Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:14 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 9:29 pm
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Habs owner: Bilingual coach 'important factor'

By Brian Stubits

Ah yes, the best way to get a message through is to go after the wallet. As we all know, money talks.

As you already know, a nationalistic group in Quebec wasn't happy with the Montreal Canadiens' decision to fire Jacques Martin and replace him with interim coach Randy Cunneyworth. Their anger has nothing to do with the Habs' poor play and everything to do with Cunneyworth's lack of ability to speak French.

Apparently they don't understand the concept of an "interim" coach, as in a fill-in, a guy keeping the seat warm. Either way, the threat was put out there of a boycott on all Molson products. Of course, Geoff Molson (pictured) is the majority owner of the Habs and his Molson company makes some pretty popular beverages.

The chatter caught his attention (well, I'm sure Molson was already aware of the issue to begin with). Molson released a statement expressing the priorities and concerns for the organization when they hire a full-time coach. Here is a snippet.

"Although our main priority remains to win hockey games and to keep improving as a team, it is obvious that the ability for the head coach to express himself in both French and English will be a very important factor in the selection of the permanent head coach.

"Like all our fans we hope for the Montreal Canadiens to be among the top teams in the NHL and we are doing everything we possibly can to win."

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Everything except hiring a coach that doesn't speak French, of course. That's what I'm led to conclude.

It would seem to exclude Cunneyworth from getting the job full-time if he proves worthy as a coach this season. That's unless he takes some classes in French and shows an effort to speak the local language. It would really be a shame if he didn't get the job primarily for this reason, but that's a long way away.

But with statements like this, it gives the feeling that Cunneyworth is a lame duck. You have to figure that the candidate pool is very limited and you can certainly expect to hear the name Patrick Roy come up a lot, as well as one-time Quebec Nordiques coach Marc Crawford. Funny enough, Crawford didn't speak French when he was hired in Quebec, but he learned. Of course it wasn't much help when the 'Diques moved to Colorado the next season.

But man it would be so delicious to see Roy come back to the Canadiens bench. Could he really complain if a player took exception to his managing and demanded a trade?

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 5:42 pm
 

NHL '12 legends are complete

By: Adam Gretz

EA Sports unveiled the final two players for the NHL '12 legends feature on Thursday, and they are former Penguins center Mario Lemieux and Detroit Red Wings great Gordie Howe.

With these two names finally announced we now know the nine players that will be included: Lemieux, Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Chris Chelios, Ray Bourque, Jeremy Roenick, Borje Salming, Patrick Roy and Steve Yzerman. Almost all of the names are relatively recent, and it's hard to really believe something is celebrating the NHL's "legends" when it doesn't include a player like Bobby Orr, for example.

The only two players that appeared in the NHL before 1979 are Salming (he played for the Maple Leafs starting in 1973) and Howe (he made his NHL debut in 1946). Everybody else started their careers within the past 30 years. Still, it's an interesting part of the game that will allow users to add these players to any team.

You can check out the trailer featuring Lemieux and Howe at the EA Sports website.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 9:09 am
 

More EA Sports legends: Roenick, Roy, Yzerman

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By: Adam Gretz

Last week EA Sports announced the first three players that will be included in the NHL '12 legends feature, and they were Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque and Chris Chelios. On Wednesday a few more names were revealed, including Patrick Roy, who appears to be the only goaltender among the nine legends, Steve Yzerman and, yes, Jeremy Roenick. It also appears that former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Borje Salming will be in the game, even though his name hasn't officially been announced (he appeared in a video featuring Yzerman).

The announcement of Roenick comes just one day after he showed up in a video reenacting the classic Swingers scene that included his dominating appearance in earlier versions of the EA Sports hockey games. I suggested Roenick last week not knowing he was actually going to be included (and yes, I am happy he's included).

The selection of Roy is probably expected, and it's not really a shock to see Yzerman included as well (the trailer even shows him a Tampa Bay Lightning uniform skating next to Steven Stamkos). The surprising name appears to be Salming. He was an excellent player for the Maple Leafs in the 1970s and 80s, and was probably one of the first European players to become a star in the NHL. He's a Hockey Hall of Famer (class of 1996) and had four straight seasons with at least 71 points between 1976 and 1980, so it's not like he wasn't an important player, or an outstanding one. But it's still a surprising addition. Heck, if you told me a former Maple Leafs player from Sweden was going to be in the game, Salming wouldn't have been my first guess (that would have been Mats Sundin).

Check out the trailer featuring Roenick and Roy over at EA Sports. There are still two more legends to be named.

Photo: EA Sports

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 9:41 am
 

Gretzky, Bourque, Chelios to appear in NHL '12

BourqueBy: Adam Gretz

If you're a gamer and patiently waiting to pick up a copy of EA Sports NHL '12 when it hits the shelves in September, you're going to have an opportunity to use some of the NHL's greatest all-time players in this year's version of the game.

On Friday EA Sports announced the first three legends that will appear in the game: Wayne Gretzky, Boston Bruins great Ray Bourque, and Chris Chelios sporting his Chicago Blackhawks gear (he also spent many years -- and won Stanley Cups -- with the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings).

They still need to announce the remaining six legends, and based on the images they've released (blank silhouettes) there is at least one goaltender in the group, and Patrick Roy seems like he would be a solid bet.

Personally, and if EA Sports had a sense of humor about this, I would love to see Jeremy Roenick make the cut, simply because his spot in the '94 version of the game is regarded as one of the best video game players ever (yes, people track these things). It was also part of an iconic moment in 1990's popular culture in the film Swingers (adult language in this clip). Unlikely? Sure. But I can still have my sentimental dreams.

Of course, narrowing it down to just nine players (the three we already know of plus the six yet-to-be-announced) is a difficult task that will never please everybody.

You can check out a quick trailer that helps us get an idea as to what the legends will look like in action over at the EA Sports website.

Photo: EA Sports

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