Almost 10 candidates (including Ulf Samuelsson) to succeed Luke Richardson

Kent Hughes said during his press conference Monday that Martin St-Louis had begun identifying (and speaking to?) some candidates to succeed Luke Richardson. Recall that the latter gave up his duties as a defensive back coach at the Canadian to become the head coach of the Blackhawks. Richardson will make about $1.5 million per season for four years.

Although the process of replacing Richardson in Montreal is not very advanced – Martin St-Louis interviews, speaks and interviews potential candidates, but formal interviews have not yet started – the CH head coach would have completed his list of potential candidates. And according to Renaud Lavoie, speaking on TVA Sport last night, there would be just under 10 candidates on that list.

Who are these candidates? We don’t know, but it’s certain that Martin St-Louis will hire someone with some experience. A former defender will also go with a bit of a head start in my opinion.

Yesterday during the Leaving the Podcast ZoneJérémie Rainville, Guillaume Lefrançois, Stéphane Waite and Alexandre Pratt have all come up with names that could replace Richardson.

Guillaume Lefrançois did not dare to name anyone from the start, but he recalled that the timed coordination was not very good as most of the good candidates already have a job for 2022-23.

Stéphane Waite indicated that his first choice would have been Alain Nasreddine but that currently Ulf Samuelsson is at the top of his list. Samuelsson, then known for his dirty play, lost his job in Florida when Bill Zito hired a new head coach in Paul Maurice. Samuelsson, who has a solid reputation, was the defender’s coach during Martin St-Louis’ two seasons with Rangers. Please don’t take away from me the French fact… we’re talking about an assistant here. However, note that in 2023-23 Samuelsson could be paid by the Panthers to do nothing.

Jérémie Rainville was surprised when Waite said Samuelsson’s name, hehe.

Waite also threw out the names of Joël Bouchard and Sylvain Lefebvre, two alumni of the organization (and former leadership). Be careful though, according to the latest news, Lefebvre has not been vaccinated…

Waite ended his list by announcing the candidacy of Rob Ramage, who currently serves in the organization’s development department. Waite also mentioned that ideally it would take a former defense attorney.

Lefrançois eventually agreed to play along and named Dan Boyle, a former defenseman who played with Martin St-Louis in New York and Tampa Bay. But he has no experience behind a bench…

Alexandre Pratt originated the Guy Boucher name, but I have serious doubts.

Remember that Alain Nasreddine, Scott Arniel and Rick Bowness all found one work elsewhere in the NHL.

Replacing the widely respected Richardson will not be an easy task for Kent Hughes and his gang. Can’t wait to see who they choose…

Will there be another setting outside the box ? Note that the final decision will most likely rest with Martin St-Louis and not the team leaders. That is YOU Responsibility.


– No fewer than 14 teams – including the Canadian – have expressed interest in Colin White. Recall : Kent Hughes was White’s agent before agreeing to take the plunge as the Canadian’s GM. [RenaudLavoie]

– Nick Suzuki and Jonathan Drouin offered some advice to young hockey players this morning in Brossard.

– Juraj Slafkovsky’s agent isn’t too worried about his protégé’s selection ranking.

– An indication of the non-selection of Slafkovsky at the Canadian?

– Pierre Dorion will address the media at 11:00 am.

– Defamation of the president of a former club of his son: Matko Miljevic’s father is fine.

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