Saturday, June 9, 2012

More Reports On Gallant

RDS is reporting that Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien interviewed Gerard Gallant on Thursday in Brossard for the team’s current assistant coaching position.

It was reported the other day by TVA Sports that the Habs had made contact with the Saint John Sea Dogs head coach about the job.

In today’s Telegraph-Journal (paywall), Scott Briggs reports that Gallant declined to comment about the rumours.

Therrien was hired by the Canadiens earlier this week and has yet to name his assistants.

Briggs also reports that there are rumblings about Gallant interviewing for an assistant coaching position with the Dallas Stars. RDS also brought up the Washington Capitals – who currently don’t have a head coach – as a possible destination as well.

At the Edmonton Journal, Gallant is profiled by writer Jonathan Willis.  

“He’s done everything possible in three QMJHL seasons, coaching both the league’s most potent offensive team and their stingiest defensive squad,” writes Willis. “In a perfect world, I’d like to see him running an AHL team for a few years before I’d look at him as a really high-end NHL coaching candidate, but with the success he’s had I expect he’ll be behind an NHL bench in the not too distant future.”

It would obviously hurt the Sea Dogs if Gallant left. But getting to the NHL level is what junior hockey is all about.

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