Found December 20, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
In an ideal world, the only concern a team should have in making a decision is will it help the team to win.  This should be the bottom line around which all personnel and coaching decisions are made.  In Montreal they have recently fired coach Jacques Martin and replaced him with Randy Cunneyworth.  There is uproar in Quebec, largely among non-hockey fans, that it is outrageous that the Habs coach does not speak French.  This is an unnecessary distraction that keeps Montreal from winning.  Montreal needs to hire the best coach available regardless of if he speaks English, French or Japanese. In responce to the uproar, Montreal owner Geoff Molson has affirmed this opinion and stated that Cunneyworth is an interim coach and that French is very important for their coach. Continue reading "Preventing The Habs From Winning"

Winning the only language that counts.

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