FEB 13, 2022  (12H47)      J-B. GAGNÉ
Since the end of Dominique Ducharme's reign with the Canadiens, there isn't a day that goes by that there isn't a new story in the media.

Warning! This article may change your point of view of the Kent Hughes/Jeff Gorton duo and not for the best.

Twice, the organization's new leaders have said in press conferences that Ducharme's job is not in jeopardy and that he will finish the season. Even worse, they said they would meet with him to work out the long-term plan for the team. Their words suggested that even if he had not been named by them, they would give him a chance to shine.

In the February 13th edition of Radio-Canada's "Tellement hockey" podcast, journalist Martin Leclerc dropped a story that question the whole narrative surrounding the relationship between the former head coach and his bosses!

Here is what he had to say about the situation : "He was completely abandoned by the new management from day one! I've been told by people who are well aware of the situation that his new bosses have never even sat down with him since they arrived. [...] They let him take the bullet, one after the other, and then play with incomplete lineups, with the 3rd and 4th... even 5th goalie. When the new management came in, he was dead before it even started!"

These are heavy words. Leclerc is not the type to make up stories. If he comes out publicly like this, it's because he has credible sources and enough variety to go to bat with!

The reporter completes with this : "I think it's sad for Ducharme and I hope he gets other chances to come forward."

We tend to believe Leclerc. The hockey world is a jungle and often a buddy hires an another one. Jeff Gorton knew Kent Hughes before he brought him to Montreal. Kent Hughes knew Martin St. Louis very well before offering him the helm of the team.

A friend is a friend, as they say!

On the other hand, Dominique Ducharme is currently doing exactly what he needs to do. He swallows the pill, even if it hard, is as discreet as possible and he lets others speak for him.

This is his best weapon to not harm his chances of returning to the big league.