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Stu Cowan: Losing Luke Richardson causes the Canadiens to lack coaching experience

After the deal is signed, he will be appointed as the new head coach of Chicago Blackhawks at a press conference on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Stu Cowan • Montreal Gazette
Canadiens assistant coach Luke Richardson assumes the role of head coach during a playoff game against the Vegas Golden Knights in Montreal on June 18, 2021. He was replacing interim head coach Dominique Ducharme, who had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day.
Canadians assistant coach Lucrichardson said 2021 A playoff game with Vegas Golden Nights in Montreal on June 18, 2014. He replaced Dominique Dusham, a provisional head coach who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier that day. Photo courtesy of John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette

There seems to be a big hole in the Canadians Next season I will fill the back of the bench.

Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli first reported on Friday afternoon Luke Richardson will be the new head coach for Chicago Blackhawks. The finishing touch to his new contract. Blackhawks will hold a news conference on Tuesday or Wednesday to introduce Richardson as head coach.

Richardson has been an Assistant Coach for the Canadians for the past four seasons and has been responsible for the defense process. This is Richardson's first head coaching job at NHL, but he is an eight-season assistant coach, including a stunt with Senator Otawa and the New York Islanders before joining the Canadians, and Senator Binghamton of AHL. He was also the head coach of. During the four seasons.

Last year, after Dominique Dusham testedpositive against COVID-19 before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup, Richardson I took over the provisional head coach of the Canadians. Semi-final series against Vegas Golden Nights. In six games, the Canadians will have win the series , 3-1 with Richardson as head coach. He was also the head coach for the first two games of the Stanley Cup final, and the Canadians lost both games toTampa Bay Lightning before Ducalm returned. The Canadianslost the series in five games.

"When we all say we're going through the wall of Luke, I think I'll speak for all defenders," Canadian defeats Golden Knights 3-2 in Game 3 overtime. After that, Benchia Lot said. "It's the best compliment you can give to a coach. We'll go through the wall for him because he knows he'll go through the wall for us. He's the player's I'm a coach. "

Canadians players were more likely to slip through the wall with Richardson than with Ducalm. If Richardson can speak French, he will return to Ducalm this season, at least tentatively, after the Canadians have decided to fire the head coach following the start of 8-30-7. You have to think that it has replaced. Instead, Martin St. Louis was appointed as a head coach with no professional coaching experience.

Richardson has been a great help to St. Louis. They played with Lightning for a season and St. Louis described Richardson as the "ultimate teammate."

"He helped me a lot," St. Louis said a few weeks after taking over from Ducharme. "Luke is a great listener. When he speaks, you listen and calculate. It's thoughtful. Whether he has any questions and what he can tell me the truth. I know. He tells me the truth, and the truth always helps you go the right way. I have relied on everyone. I have a relationship with Luke. Yes, I played with them, but I got to know Trevor (Letowski), Alex (Barrows), and the guys in my video. It's a great group and they're working hard. "

Hearing Luke Richardson becomes Chicago's next head coach#Blackhawks

According to sources, Richardson and Hawks Is the final touch of the contract.

Richardson's considerable history of playing over 1400 NHL games. He has been an NHL assistant for 8 years and an AHL head coach for 4 years.

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli)June 24, 2022

St. Louis says he has no plans to make any changes after the season is over. I did. To his coaching staff. Richardson's loss is high due to his coaching experience. St. Louis currently has only 37 games behind the NHL bench, but Letowski has just finished his first season as an NHL Assistant Coach and Burroughs has finished his second season.

But Montreal's loss is in Chicago's interests. Black Hawks welcomes a respected head coach throughout the league. Richardson will replace interim coach Derek King on 27-33-10 after taking over Jeremy Colliton following the start of 1-9-2 this season.

Canadian defenseman Chris Wideman played with Binghamton at AHL for three seasons when Richardson was the head coach.

"He was one of the professional coaches I had and I had a great personal relationship," Wideman said this season. "I think he's the guy who played for NHL for a long time (21 years), especially in the early years of my career, for the first few years of the pro, but the way he gets out of the ice is you yourself. He is a good person and takes his work seriously. "

This is Brad, a video coach between the teams. It was a terrifying season for Black Hawks, who settled a lawsuit with former player Kyle Beach in December after saying he had been sexually assaulted by Aldrich. 2010 Stanley Cup title run. Two months ago, Stan Bowman resigned as president of GM and the hockey business following findings from an outside law firm investigating Beach's allegations.

"As for the Black Hawks organization, we will continue to adhere to our commitment to ensure that this team is an indicator of community professionalism, respect and integrity," Black Hawks said in a statement: It is stated in. Reconciliation with the beach. "We continue to appreciate the trust and support of the Black Hawks community and promise to continue working every day to gain and maintain that trust."

Hiring Richardson , Will be a big step forward for Black Hawks.