Alex Killorn(@AnaheimDucks), Pierre-Luc Dubois(@LAKings) and Matt Duchene(@DallasStars) will each look to make an immediate impact on their new Western Conference clubs in 2023-24. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/iiTVjq1uv6
– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 3, 2023
It’s a great new challenge for the man who led the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final in the summer of 2021.
But it’s a little ironic to think that Ducharme got the job in Vegas by being the last head coach to eliminate the Golden Knights in the playoffs.
The latter missed the spring tournament in the 2021-2022 season and have lifted the Stanley Cup in recent months, indicating that they haven’t lost a series since facing the CH in the conference final two years ago.
Ducharme told the “Tellement Hockey” podcast that, in an interview, Golden Knights executives asked him what he had to do to eliminate the club in the 2021 series:
That was part of the discussion. There’s no doubt that it had a positive effect on the fact that they hired me (with them). – Dominique Ducharme
Relive the CH’s success in 2021 through the eyes of Dominique Ducharme. 👀
Listen to the full episode👇https://t.co/WUrZqjk6s4
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) August 3, 2023
I always thought Ducharme was a good coach and in Montreal, maybe he just wasn’t in the right chair. An assistant role might suit him better, as colleague Félix Forget explained in a recent text.
But it’s also worth remembering that it’s never easy for a new head coach to get a foothold in the NHL, because the league is completely different from junior.
In fact, when he introduced himself to the team for the very first time, Carey Price winked at him and gave him a pat on the back after his speech… And that really helped the Quebecer see that the club’s veterans were behind him.
His time in Montreal as head coach may not have gone as well as he’d hoped. But it’s by falling that you’re able to get up again in life, and it’s important not to live in the past.
Dominique Ducharme has some great challenges ahead of him. And frankly, you’ve got to be happy for the guy.
– He still has what it takes to help a National League club.
Blake Wheeler explains his choice 👇🏒 https://t.co/BZpKFvRv9z
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) August 3, 2023
– I see Matt Duchene having a lot of success in Dallas next season.
– The Blue Jackets have high expectations.
With Johnny Gaudreau, Zach Werenski and Patrik Laine in the fold, the Columbus Blue Jackets and their GM are on the hot seat to force their way into the playoffs and win some rounds: https://t.co/P3Pi5Lmy42
– The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 3, 2023
– Is this really a surprise?
General brawl on the sidelines of the Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz fighthttps://t.co/uzivM8AEJu
– RDS (@RDSca) August 3, 2023
– A quote that may not please the club’s fans.