For the second time, Bob Gainey will take over the reins as coach for the remainder of the season after he gave Guy Carbonneau the pink slip yesterday. The last time Bob took over in 2006, he led the Canadiens to the playoffs, but were bounced by the Hurricanes after they were unable to solve eventual Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cam Ward. Tonight he will begin his second stint behind the bench against the Edmonton Oilers. Coincidentally many believe that Carbo should have been fired after out last game against the Oil, a 7-2 domestic abuse of a loss.
Fortunately it is a known fact that many teams start playing better when a new coach is hired either because of a fresh philosophy brought to the table or in the Canadiens' case, a ridiculously large amount of UFAs on this team are playing for a contract under the man who will decide how much the team offers them.
Hopefully the Canadiens can come out of the gate strong today and Carey Price can continue playing like the World Junior Championship aaannd AHL Playoff MVP we used to love.
I'm pretty pumped.
Oh and to all friends who are chosen people: Happy Purim, don't have too many hamentashens.