Who will be the Habs next assistant coach?
The Montreal Canadiens have already begun the process of searching for the right man to join head coach Michel Therrien and assistant (defensemen) coach J.J. Daigneault behind the bench before next season. Both Martin Lapointe, director of player development and Scott Mellanby, director of player personnel with the Habs were sought to be candidates to become the next assistant coach.
Martin Lapointe joined his former team the Chicago Blackhawks as a pro scout after retiring professionally from hockey in 2008. Lapointe spent roughly three years with the Blackhawks before joining the Montreal Canadiens as director of player development.
Mellanby spent two years behind the bench with the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach before stepping down to take on more of a management/scout position with the Vancouver Canucks. When Marc Bergevin was hired in Montreal as general manager, Bergevin offered Mellanby a player personnel position in which he felt was more suited for his post hockey career. Mellanby decided that he would not be returning to become a coach anytime soon and is very happy with his position at this stage in his life.
As of now the Habs reportedly have a handful of candidates that they are seriously looking at although nothing is imminent, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source also notes that the team will take their time to make the correct choice.
Some rumored names and possible candidates that have surfaced to be in the conversation are Clement Jodin, Guy Carbonneau, Stephan Lebeau, Sergio Momesso, Roy Sommer, Michel Bergeron and Jean-Francois Houle.