Sportsnet is reporting that the Montreal Canadiens are days away from naming a new head coach, possibility as early as Thursday.
The front-runner appears to be Bob Hartley, with former Canadiens coach Michel Therrien also in the mix.
The bilingual Hartley would be a good choice for the Montreal job. He has NHL experience, including a Stanley Cup win with the Colorado Avalanche. As as a commentator for RDS — a French television station — he also has the experience of dealing with the demanding Montreal media.
However, TVA Sports is reporting that the Canadiens will meet with Hartley this Wednesday to resolve a contractual issue.
The issue has to do with Hartley being under contract with the Zurich Lions of Switzerland’s League A until the end of next season. However, Hartley has apparently told the Swiss team he may not return to coach them.
When told about the potential of his coach taking over as the Canadiens’ bench boss, Lions general manager Peter Zahner told TVA ...