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Can Habs coax Lemaire out of retirement?

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08:28 AM ET 05.07 | The thinking of some holds that the NBA's Knicks could try to coax Phil Jackson out of retirement, but could the same be said for a retired NHL coach? Last week, I heard that at least one current NHL executive believes Jacques Lemaire could be persuaded to coach the Canadiens with the right package. At first, I thought he was kidding. But the more I thought about it, the better it sounded. If Geoff Molson hasn't already contacted Lemaire about coaching the Canadiens, he should. Lemaire hasn't been on anyone's list, because everyone assumes that a) he's retired and b) even if he coached again, it wouldn't be in Montreal. But money talks, and when it comes to hiring coaches, there is no salary cap.

Montreal Gazette

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May 7, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Yawnnnnn.....

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May 7, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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Just what the game needs, another all defense, all the time coach. Who doesn't love watching a team get a one goal lead and then play the trap and ice the puck for the rest of the game?

I thought that was their philosophy this year

May 7, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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I thought that was their philosophy this year

except for the one-goal lead part

May 7, 2012  09:05 AM ET

I don't like his style of hockey, but surely there is another French Canadian out there who can coach hockey.

May 7, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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I don't like his style of hockey, but surely there is another French Canadian out there who can coach hockey.

there is, but don't call him...well, you know

May 7, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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I thought that was their philosophy this year

It was, because Montreal had enough trouble scoring 1 goal.

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May 7, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Is he going to play D?

May 7, 2012  09:40 AM ET

The answer is NO.

May 7, 2012  09:57 AM ET

I wonder if the Canadiens will pass over better qualified coaches for one who can speak French? Will the fan base be appeased even if they continue losing?

May 7, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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I wonder if the Canadiens will pass over better qualified coaches for one who can speak French? Will the fan base be appeased even if they continue losing?

yeah, but if they lose in French it's okay
hey, Sarkozy needs a new job....what about him?

May 7, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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I wonder if the Canadiens will pass over better qualified coaches for one who can speak French? Will the fan base be appeased even if they continue losing?

Oui

May 7, 2012  10:07 AM ET

"Can Habs coax Lemaire out of retirement?"

No! No way! Why would he wants stomach ulcers in his old age?

May 7, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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yeah, but if they lose in French it's okayhey, Sarkozy needs a new job....what about him?

It doesn't matter if he knows anything about hockey or not. That never seems to be a a primary requirement to coach in Montreal.

May 7, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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It doesn't matter if he knows anything about hockey or not. That never seems to be a a primary requirement to coach in Montreal.

sacre' bleu!

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May 7, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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yeah, but if they lose in French it's okayhey, Sarkozy needs a new job....what about him?

Merde!

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