NHL notes: No coach yet for Canadiens

Canadiens' general manager Marc Bergevin says the Habs will not choose their next head coach this...

Canadiens' general manager Marc Bergevin says the Habs will not choose their next head coach this week. (QMI Agency)

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 7:32 PM ET

Even though rumours are swirling about who the Montreal Canadiens will hire as their head coach, general manager Marc Bergevin says nothing will happen this week.

Bergevin told reporters covering the league's GM meeting in New York that he might not have the new coach in place before the NHL draft June 22-23 in Pittsburgh.

Reports earlier this week said Bob Hartley, who coached the Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers, would be hired by the Habs.

But reports Wednesday said Hartley was interviewed by the Calgary Flames for a second time and could be in line to replace Brent Sutter, who was let go after the regular season ended.

Hartley still has a year left on his contract with the Zurich Lions of the Swiss League so that could become an issue with any team that wants to hire him.

NEW BOURQUE IN TOWN

Chris Bourque is pretty pumped about joining his old man's former hockey team.

Bourque, a 26-year-old winger who has mostly bounced around the minor leagues since being drafted in the second round by the Washington Capitals in 2004, said his trade last week from the Caps to the Boston Bruins was the realization of his dream. After all, his poppa, Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, played 14 seasons with the Bruins.

"It's the first time I've been traded and to get traded to the Bruins was obviously a dream come true for me," Bourque told the New England Hockey Journal. "It's where my dad spent most of his career. To be traded to the organization he played in so long, it's an honour."

Bourque, a month away from becoming an unrestricted free agent, was acquired from the Caps for former first-round pick Zach Hamill.

BRIEFLY

The Washington Capitals signed goalie Dany Sabourin to a one-year contract. Sabourin is expected to play with the Caps' AHL affiliate in Hershey next season ... The Red Wings signed 2010 draftee Calle Jarnkrok to a three-year, entry-level deal. The Swedish centre, who made his country's national team this year at 20 years old, was a second-round pick in '10 ... The St. Louis Blues signed goalie Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack. Binnington, 18, was a third-round pick of the Blues in 2011.

 


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