Montreal Canadiens: Fire Coach Guy Carbonneau

Francois GendronSenior Writer IMarch 9, 2009

This afternoon, some shocking news came down from Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey, as the GM decided today to fire his head coach Guy Carbonneau.

I will not beat around the bush here. I am totally in shock and am furious about this decision. In my humble opinion, the team's struggles this season are not the head coach's fault. If someone's to blame, we should turn towards Gainey, who wasn't able to give his head coach the tools to succeed.

To add some fuel to the fire, just a couple of months ago Gainey told the press that his most important acquisition in his current mandate as GM of the Canadiens was the addition of Guy Carbonneau as coach. Was this statement a blatant lie towards Canadiens fans?

If we look at Carbonneau's record as the Canadiens' head coach, we can hardly blame him.

Just last season, the Canadiens completed the regular season atop the Eastern Conference, as Carbonneau finished second for the Jack Adams trophy, awarded to the best coach in the NHL. Carbonneau was also behind the bench, along with Claude Julien, at the 2009 All-Star game.

Bob Gainey himself will act as head coach for the remainder of the regular season. Should the team fail to qualify in the playoffs this season, many fans, including myself, will claim Gainey's head.