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Bill Burr - "Sorry Bob. Can't do it."

Friday, 04.17.2009 / 3:42 PM / NHL Celeb Blogs

By Bill Burr - Special to

Blog 2 - Friday, April 17

Bob Gainey looks like he works for the Federal Reserve. There isn’t an ounce of joy on that man’s face. I’ve never even seen him raise an eyebrow.

He reminds me of Abe Vigoda in "The Godfather" when he realizes he’s gonna get whacked. “Can we beat the Bruins one more time for old time’s sake?”

“Sorry Bob. Can’t do it.”

But the Canadiens have always had weird-looking coaches. Pat Burns looked like an angry Dan Aykroyd. Guy Carbonneau looked like Pepe Le Pew. And now they have Bob Gainey, looking like some fall guy about to testify in front of Congress.

The one thing Canadiens' coaches of late all seem to share is that glazed over expression. I’m starting to believe that coaching that team is a thankless job. It’s weird because being the head coach of the Canadiens means to carry on the legacy of one of the most successful teams in professional sports history.

But realistically, would you want to coach a team whose fans are so spoiled that they booed Patrick Roy out of town?


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