The post-Carbonneau era begins today.
Doesn’t that sound strange??
Don Lever comes in as an assistant. I like that. Lever has some serious coaching experience.
I was so surprised that it happened yesterday….
Anyway, Gainey had his first team practice today… interesting quotes.
Mathieu Dandenault will be in the lineup tonight… here’s what he had to say about Gainey:
“Bob has a gift of making any player feel like they’re the best player in the world,” explained Dandenault. “He’s always direct and you always know what to expect from him. Even down to the role players, it’s important to Bob to let them know they are an important part of the team.”
- Manny Almela for canadiens.com
We’ve heard that Carbonneau didn’t communicate a whole lot with the team…. Gainey’s style will be very different. From hearing Dandenault being frustrated not playing and thinking trade… to having him being made feel part of the team…
It’s quite possible if Gainey can get all the team to feel very important in their roles that we could see some interesting results…. team toughness….. being emotionally involved… I think Gainey is workin’ towards it.