Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/28/12

Bob Hartley, who won a Stanley Cup as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, will be named the next head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, The Hockey Writers' website reported Monday.

The Hockey Writers based the report on a source, and said that Eric Veilleux would become Hartley's assistant coach.

According to the report, the announcement of Hartley's hiring will come later this week.

Hartley's most recent NHL coaching job came with Atlanta, where he was fired six games into his fourth season when the team started 0-6 in 2007-2008.

Hartley has worked for the past few years as a hockey analyst on the French-language RDS television station.

Hartley would replace interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth, whose hiring was criticized because he didn't speak French.

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