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Martin St-Louis was “very high” on André Tourigny’s list

Last week, we learned that Martin St-Louis had been approached to join the Canadian coaching staff for the upcoming World Championships. However, we already know that St-Louis has turned down the offer because he would like to take some time off. The last few months have been mentally demanding, and it’s fair to say that the Canadiens’ current head coach needs to recharge his batteries. What we didn’t know, however, is that St-Louis was very high on the list for the position of assistant coach on Team Canada, which will be led by André Tourigny. That’s what the latter confirmed to Martin Lemay earlier today:

That’s something. Why do I say that? Because St-Louis only started coaching in the National League a little over a year ago. It shows he’s respected throughout the NHL…And somehow, it shows he’s doing a good job with the Montreal Canadiens organization. He wouldn’t have been approached if that weren’t the case, and he wouldn’t have been so high on Tourigny’s list if the opposite were true . No, Martin St-Louis wasn’t able to lead his team to a playoff spot this year. St-Louis did his job in the best possible way, considering the number of injuries he had to juggle with during the season. It’s not easy to win games when 3/4 of your line-up is sitting on the bench, as we all agree. Despite last season’s results, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the Habs have an excellent coach on their hands. Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton are to be commended for their search for the perfect man for the organization’s current situation. Getting back to the World Championship… Remember that Samuel Montembeault is going to play for the Habs, and that there’s a possibility that Mike Matheson will join him.

In gusto

– This too went unnoticed.

– Great conversation about the importance of an equipped goalie for playoff success.

– It’s up to them. It takes a big game from the Rocket tomorrow night.

– 75 stitches won’t stop him.

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