Randy Cunneyworth's tenure as interim coach of the Montreal Canadiens is likely to come to an end after tonight's regular-season finale, according to the Canadian Press.
Cunneyworth was promoted to the head coaching position in December -- general manager Pierre Gauthier promoted him to the job after firing previous coach Jacques Martin on Dec. 17. Cunneyworth has since gone 17-23-9, leaving Montreal last in the Eastern Conference; this will be the Habs' first last-place finish since the 1939-40 season.
You control the things you can control," Cunneyworth said before tonight's season finale against the Toronto Maple Leafs. "Whatever happens, happens."
Cunneyworth was a controversial hire in the first place -- he speaks only English, and he holds one of the most high-profile coaching jobs in Quebec. That factor, coupled with the Habs' losing season, makes for a bad combination. "I don't think it was an easy situation for him to come into," said defenceman Josh Gorges. "There was a lot of stuff going on. The team was struggling, and you get labelled with that 'interim,' which doesn't really promise anything. And then on top of that being English and having that whole fiasco of not being a French-speaking coach and that being a concern."