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Habs GM apologizes for hiring Cunneyworth

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08:49 AM ET 01.03 | Perhaps, if the Canadiens hadn't struggled so mightily under Randy Cunneyworth, Pierre Gauthier wouldn't have to make such apologies. [Gauthier] took the rare step of apologizing to anyone who was offended when the team hired a unilingual English-speaking head coach last month. There was an uproar in Quebec's chattering classes when the storied team named [Cunneyworth] as the interim head coach after Jacques Martin was fired on Dec. 17. Cunneyworth, who was brought in as an assistant coach at the beginning of the season, doesn't speak French. "I'm sorry if we upset people. Because that certainly wasn't our intention," Gauthier said at a news conference Monday.

Montreal Gazette

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January 3, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Pardonnez moi.

January 3, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Give me a break...please.

January 3, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Much adieu about not much.

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January 3, 2012  09:58 AM ET

General Life Rule - Never apologize if you did not do anything wrong. Man up Pierre !!

January 3, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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General Life Rule - Never apologize if you did not do anything wrong. Man up Pierre !!

Good advice, but too late HC.

January 3, 2012  10:02 AM ET

The Habs have the third worst record in the Eastern Conference, but they don't care, they want someone who speaks French! Are they that insecure up there about their language?

January 3, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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Good advice, but too late HC.

Your right Slappy , but its absolutely pathetic. Pierre is a ****

January 3, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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The Habs have the third worst record in the Eastern Conference, but they don't care, they want someone who speaks French! Are they that insecure up there about their language?

obviously

January 3, 2012  10:09 AM ET

On a side note, what's up with PK having the balls to drop his gloves with a teammate but not against an opponent?

January 3, 2012  10:14 AM ET

those fans that are in an uproar, haven't a clue about how hockey works. Cunneyworth isn't the only problem in Montreal, the culture of losing is the biggest issue.

January 3, 2012  10:15 AM ET

Pierre should be apologizing for a lot of the moves he has made when it comes to player personnell, not this.

January 3, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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Give me a break...please.

Really. What gets me is that they wonder why they're despised outside of La Belle Province.

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January 3, 2012  10:48 AM ET
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Probably a question better suited to Western hockey fans..?

As someone once said, "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country."

 
January 3, 2012  10:57 AM ET
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The Habs have the third worst record in the Eastern Conference, but they don't care, they want someone who speaks French! Are they that insecure up there about their language?

Oui Oui.

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