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Randy Cunneyworth | Center

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (56) / 5/10/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 198

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Randy Cunneyworth has been named the bench boss of the AHL's Rochester Americans.
The Americans are affiliated with the Buffalo Sabres. "We are happy to have Randy Cunneyworth move into the role of head coach of the Rochester Americans," said Sabres GM Tim Murray. "Randy has already established himself as a valuable member of our hockey department in his previous role as development coach, and his track record for winning in the AHL and developing young players make him the ideal candidate to lead the Amerks." Cunneyworth previously served as Rochester's bench boss from 2000-01 to 2007-08 and posted a 306-273-61 record. He also had a stint as the Montreal Canadiens' head coach in 2011-12, accumulating a 18-23-9 record. Wed, Jul 29, 2015 01:58:00 PM

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New Montreal GM Marc Bergevin will begin searching for another head coach after announcing that interim bench boss Randy Cunneyworth will resume his duties as an assistant with the organization for now.

"Whoever becomes the new head coach will decide if Randy will remain," said Bergevin. "I respect the way I was brought in as GM. I'll keep it confidential and low-key in the search for a head coach." Current NBC analyst Pierre McGuire was reportedly the runner-up for the position as Montreal's general manager.
Wed, May 2, 2012 03:51:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens are expected to announce that Marc Bergevin will take the helm as the team's new general manager.

He had been working as an assistant GM under Stan Bowman in Chicago. The Canadiens had been searching for a new general manager since Pierre Gauthier was fired in late March.
Wed, May 2, 2012 07:58:00 AM

A report from said that Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin has been interviewed for the vacant GM's job in Montreal.

Bergevin became the assistant GM this past season as he replaced Kevin Cheveldayoff who became the GM in Winnipeg. Now, Stan Bowman could lose his second underling in less than a year if Bergevin is offered the job in Montreal. Stay tuned.
Sun, Apr 29, 2012 06:14:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens could name their next GM in two-to-three weeks.

Patrick Roy has surfaced as a potential candidate. Although nothing is set in stone, appointing a new GM in May would give the selected person plenty of time to prepare for the 2012 NHL entry draft and free agency period.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 09:59:00 AM

Montreal's search for a new general manager is underway, after the club fired Pierre Gauthier last Thursday, and some names are starting to pop up to take the helm.

TSN's Pierre LeBrun has reported that the Canadiens have reached out to Chicago assistant GM Marc Bergevin and player agent Pat Brisson, According to Darren Dreger, the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to grant Montreal permission to speak to assistant GM Claude Loiselle and La Presse's Francois Gagnon says that the club has reached out to the Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM and former Canadiens executive Julien BriseBois.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 04:31:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have fired GM Pierre Gauthier.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The Montreal Canadiens are having a terrible season and Gauthier's decision to select Randy Cunneyworth as the team's interim coach was a controversial one. It obviously hasn't help matters that the team has done just as poorly under Cunneyworth than they did with former head coach Jacques Martin. The next Canadiens GM will be in a difficult position because, while the team has some very talented young players, it's also bogged down with some horrible contracts. The fact that Carey Price and PK Subban are set to get significant raises as restricted free agents this summer will also complicate things.
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 10:04:00 AM

Saturday's contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs is a critical game for Montreal.

Montreal is nine points behind the eighth place Toronto Maple Leafs and both teams have 27 games remaining on their respective schedules. Nine points might not sound like a big gap, but it's very hard to gain ground in the playoff race, especially at this time of the season. Montreal has won three straight games, but have only come one point closer to eighth place. However, a game against Toronto is a prime opportunity for them to close the gap and make their playoff chances look a bit more feasible. Conversely, if they lose in regulation and allow Toronto to gain an 11 point lead on them, their situation will become dire.
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 10:46:00 AM

Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth blamed Thursday's 5-3 loss to New Jersey on the "lopsided" officiating.

"It’s tough enough playing a team straight up, but when you don’t get the calls, especially on the one that made the difference," said Cunneyworth. "(Erik) Cole was obviously hooked and could not battle to get the puck out of his zone. He was held up by (Ilya) Kovalchuk and that’s a little bit beyond comprehension for me. We were battling and working hard and I liked for the most part the effort and the desperation. The difference was the penalties. It’s hard to fight a good team when you’re down a man for as much time as we were." The Devils actually only got one more power play than Montreal. New Jersey was 1-for-4 with the man advantage, while the Canadiens were 0-for-3. Montreal is 11 points out of eighth place and at this point, their chances of making the playoffs are very low.
Fri, Feb 3, 2012 11:13:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens are ranked dead last in the league in power play efficiency this season.

They have 22 goals on 179 opportunities and failed to score on seven chances against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Several different players got a crack with the man advantage in the contest, but none of them could find the back of the net.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 09:05:00 AM

Canadiens interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth plans to learn French in the hopes of keeping his job.

The Canadiens created some controversy when they selected the English-only speaking Cunneyworth to coach a team in the french speaking province. In response, the Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier and owner Geoff Molson have both emphasized that Cunneyworth is an interim coach and that they intend to give the job to someone who can speak French over the summer. However, Cunneyworth is going to do what he can to prevent himself from being a lame duck bench boss. "I'm working hard to pick up the language as much as I can and as quickly as I can," Cunneyworth said. "Hopefully that will be the case by the time some of the decisions are made. A lot will depend on how successful this team is and that's really my priority right now. The language is secondary, but very important as well for me because I think it's an important marketplace where I'd love to be able to address everybody in both languages and talk to everybody concerning hockey."
Tue, Jan 3, 2012 05:20:00 PM

Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier apologized to anyone he might have offended by selecting someone who can't speak french, Randy Cunneyworth, as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

"I'm sorry if we upset people. Because that certainly wasn't our intention," Pierre Gauthier said. Regardless of what your opinion on this issue is, we can all agree that Montreal hasn't been getting results this season and the coaching change hasn't helped. This issue is a distraction, especially seeing as Montreal has been emphasizing Cunneyworth's interim status.
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 04:21:00 PM

Randy Cunneyworth picked up his first win as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators.

He pushed the right buttons with Lars Eller and P.K. Subban, as both players scored after being healthy scratches last Thursday in Winnipeg. The Canadiens snapped a five-game losing skid with the victory and Cunneyworth got his first "W" in five tries since taking over for Jacques Martin.
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 07:47:00 AM

When the Montreal Canadiens select a permanent head coach after the conclusion of this season, they'll be looking for someone that's fluent in both English and French.

The appointment of Randy Cunneyworth has been criticized by some Canadiens fans because Cunneyworth isn't fluent in french. Team owner Geoff Molson clarified that, "Although our main priority remains to win hockey games and to keep improving as a team, it is obvious that the ability for the head coach to express himself in both French and English will be a very important factor in the selection of the permanent head coach." That might prevent Cunneyworth from coaching the Canadiens beyond this season, although we wonder if the fans will warm up to him if he makes an open effort to learn the language. Of course, winning is universal and if Cunneyworth can turn the Canadiens season around, that will help his case.
Mon, Dec 19, 2011 03:05:00 PM

Jacques Martin has been fired as the Montreal Canadiens head coach.

The plan is to have Randy Cunneyworth serve as the team's interim coach for the remainder of the season. Cunneyworth is a former player, who managed to have a fruitful career despite being an eighth round pick. Cunneyworth had 414 points and 1,280 penalty minutes in 866 career games between 1980-81 and 1998-99. Cunneyworth spent his final playing season, 1999-2000, with the AHL Rochester Americans and served as the team's assistant coach during that campaign. He went onto spend eight seasons as the Americans head coach. He was the Atlanta Thrashers assistant coach for nearly two years between 2008-2010 before the Thrashers got rid of their coaching staff. Cunneyworth was the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs' head coach before accepting his latest position. The Canadiens are certainly capable of making the playoffs and might surprise some people if Carey Price gets hot in the postseason.
Sat, Dec 17, 2011 10:13:00 AM

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