Richards takes over a team that is mired in the NHL cellar while also dealing with injuries to major players like Jeff Carter. Columbus has the inside track on the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft, and that seems unlikely to change.
Cunneyworth's hiring has been a source of controversy for Habs fans due to his inability to speak French. On the ice, Montreal lost its first four games under Cunneyworth and six of its first nine -- all in regulation.