If Alex Burrows is sorry to see Luke Richardson, a colleague with whom he had built an understanding for a year and a half, is leaving, even the Canadiens’ assistant manager is happy to see him continue his “incredible career” with the Chicago Blackhawks.
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The latter confirmed Richardson’s hiring as head coach on Monday, after several weeks of rumors.
“Luke has been around for so many years, both with us and with the New York Islanders. He even made it to the American League, where he coached the Binghamton Senators. He’s someone who has a great reputation and is respected everywhere, ”Burrows recalled on Tuesday.
Richardson had been caring for Habs defenders for more than two seasons when Burrows joined him behind the bench after Claude Julien was sent off.
And the year and a half they spent together wasn’t very restful.
There was the pandemic, the Stanley Cup final, the expulsions of Dominique Ducharme and Marc Bergevin, the arrival of Martin St-Louis and Kent Hughes, but above all this campaign of misery during which the CH sank until 32 Th place in the standings.
“It was a rollercoaster of emotions,” Burrows points out. And when I arrived with the Canadian, it was a surprise to me. But Luke was a proud soldier I could always count on. We went through some game situations together. I could ask him several questions. ”
The calm in the storm
Richardson also had the ability to help the team stay calm no matter the situation, notes the 41-year-old Quebecer. Like an anchor in the storm.
This has also helped Burrows on several occasions, who, according to him, tends to “be emotional”.
“It’s kind of sad to see him leave, because after a year and a half I was building a chemistry and a friendship with him,” she adds. But seeing him become head coach of the Blackhawks makes me so happy for him. He had been waiting for this possibility for so many years. “
Do you need experience?
Now that Richardson is officially gone, would the Canadian benefit from hiring an experienced assistant to support St-Louis, Trevor Letowski, Éric Raymond and him?
“It probably won’t be my decision and there are sure to be a lot of great candidates, but I think experience and background come into play,” Burrows said.
“It will take someone who has the same philosophy as Martin, the same vision for our team of defenders, he adds. We have several young people knocking on the door. He will have a lot to do, but I can’t wait to find out who he is, and to start working with him or her. “
And does Burrows one day see himself following in Richardson’s footsteps by becoming an NHL head coach?
“Maybe someday, but right now I’m really enjoying the role with the Canadiens,” he says. I have developed a lot of affinity with the players, I really like the philosophy of the team, what we are trying to build. “
The Vegas Golden Knights confirmed the hiring of Sean Burke as Goalkeeper Director on Tuesday night. The 52-year-old had held the same position with the Canadiens since March 2021. The former NHL goalkeeper had worked for the Habs organization from the 2016-2017 season, having served as a recruiter and consultant.