Carbonneau Keen to face his old coach

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

MONTREAL -- It was a strike-shortened season the two spent together, but judging from Guy Carbonneau's words, his time as a player under head coach Mike Keenan must have felt longer.

"Both of us played for Mike. It never goes away, I guess. There's always a little bit of revenge that you want to have," the Canadiens bench boss said of he and Alex Tanguay, needing no motivation for last night's game against Keenan's Calgary Flames.

"It doesn't matter if it's good things or bad things, everytime you change teams, that's what happens."

The words alone don't do the delivery justice.

Carbonneau was stone-faced, and drew nervous laughter from the assembled media, who could only speculate what might have happened in St. Louis during the 1994-95 season -- Carbonneau's only one with Keenan's Blues.

On his end, Keenan praised Carbonneau as a pupil, and isn't surprised to be coaching against him now.

"Guy, in particular, was a real (student) of the game. He helped, actually. He was one of those leadership group players that would help the coach coach, because he'd impart information to the players that would reinforce your philosophy," said Keenan.

HAMMER TIME

Winger Alex Tanguay wasn't the only one facing his former Flames for the first time last night.

Defenceman Roman Hamrlik hasn't seen his pals from Calgary since fleeing as a free agent two years ago.

He was paired with Dion Phaneuf for the young star's first couple of seasons.

"We keep in touch. We text once in a while," said Hamrlik. "We're still good friends."


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