Could Larry Robinson finally be heading back to Montreal next season?
From Bob Mitchell of the Toronto Star:
No formal talks have taken place but Robinson’s agent Don Cape told La Presse this week that his client will listen if the Canadiens want their former star defenceman to be part of their re-organized staff.
“If there’s interest on the part of the Canadiens, we will certainly listen,” Cape told the Montreal French-language newspaper. “We’ve offered our services to the Canadiens in the past and they said no each time. I think that Larry would be very interested.”
It is unclear whether or not Robinson is interested in the head coaching job. Robinson, who is fluently bilingual, has long been considered a top teaching coach in the NHL, particularly with defensemen and team defensive strategies. Although he guided New Jersey to the Stanley Cup in 2000 as the head coach, Robinson has often seemed more comfortable out of the limelight as an assistant coach.
Robinson of course spent 17 years of his Hall of Fame playing career with the Montreal Canadiens. He helped Montreal win six Stanley Cups while he personally won the Norris and Conn Smythe trophies.