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Canadiens: 'Sorry if we upset people'

Updated: January 3, 2012, 9:13 AM ET
Associated Press

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier is promising there will be a French-speaking coach behind Montreal's bench next season.

Perhaps looking to head off planned protests by some Quebec nationalist groups and an ongoing controversy in the media, Gauthier apologized on Monday for replacing the fired Jacques Martin with Randy Cunneyworth, the club's first coach who doesn't speak French in 40 years.

"We're disappointed and we're sorry if we offended anybody by ...

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