Memories are mercifully short when it comes to the rhetoric surrounding the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Remember this during this year’s Eastern Conference final between the Canadiens and Rangers as laid out in the May 24th edition of the Bergen Record?
“Shortly after the start of the Canadiens’ practice this afternoon at MadisonSquareGarden, an upset Canadiens coach Michel Therrien asked/demanded that Rangers assistant Ulf Samuelsson not watch his team practice.
After that, Rangers GM Glen Sather came out to watch the Canadiens practice and assistant Dan Lacroix did too, with Canadiens goaltender coach Stephane Waite informing Therrien there were still Rangers’ personnel watching. Afterward, Therrien cited a “gentleman’s agreement” between the playoff combatants to not watch each other’s off-day practices.”
“Hockey is never having to say you’re sorry.” Isn’t that the old movie line?
Dan Lacroix was one of those Rangers “spies”. Wednesday the Canadiens announced that, with Therrien’s approval, they have hired Lacroix to replace Gerard Gallant on their coaching staff. Lacroix will be returning to the Canadiens organization. He was an assistant under Guy Boucher in Hamilton during the 2009-10 season. Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and P.K. Subban were part of that team.
ROB RAMAGE ADDED TO PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
The Canadiens also announced that 18 year NHL defenseman Rob Ramage will replace Patrice Brisebois in the player development department. Ramage has been working as a scout for the St. Louis Blues the last two years.
Along with his career, which included a brief stint with the Canadiens in 1993, Ramage is remembered for his involvement in the 2007 death of former Chicago defenseman Keith Magnuson, for which he was convicted of impaired driving causing death. He served 10 months at a Kingston minimum security facility before being paroled in 2011. His four year sentence finally expired this month.
FRONT OFFICE REORGANIZATION –
The Canadiens also announced a reorganization within the hockey department. Rick Dudley was named senior vice president, hockey operations. Scott Mellanby was promoted to assistant general manager, to work along with Larry Carrière. Trevor Timmins was appointed vice president of player personnel, as well as retaining his responsibilities as the Club’s director of amateur scouting.