Canadiens GM reportedly met with Bob Hartley in Russia

2 décembre 2019
Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is currently in Russia while the Habs are on an eight game losing streak. The trip was planned well in advance. His reason for going was to meet with defensive prospect Alexander Romanov to convince him to come to North America next season rather than re-signing in the KHL. However, we're now hearing reports that he may be visiting a potential new coach for the Canadiens while he's there.

According to Georges Laraque, Bergevin has also met with Bob Hartley to talk to him about coming to coach for the Canadiens. Current coach Claude Julien must be feeling like his seat is warm with the team's losing skid. Hartley has coached three NHL teams; the Colorado Avalanche, the Atlanta Thrashers and the Calgary Flames. He won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001 and received the Jack Adams Trophy as Coach of the Year with Calgary in 2015. It's also worth noting that, despite his English sounding name, Hartley is a Franco-Ontarian. French is his first language. This seems to be very important for Montreal whenever the team hires a coach. He is the current head coach of Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League, hence the meeting in Russia.

There's been no word from Bergevin either way on whether Julien should be worried about his job. But if Laraque is correct, it seems the writing is on the wall. Laraque was the first person to break the news of the Habs' offer sheet to Carolina's Sebastian Aho in the offseason. He reported it well before anyone else. The former enforcer is now a radio host with 91.9 Sports in Montreal.

Translation: according to @GeorgesLaraque, Marc Bergevin reportedly met Bob Hartley in Russia to see his interest in coaching the CH.
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