My gut, which is suffering through a flu bug today, is telling me that Popp will be back. He wants the job and Wetenhall has too much loyalty to Popp to deny his wish.
Besides, I don't see Kent Austin coaching for more than a few more years. He will then move upstairs. He and Condell have worked together for sometime, and I suspect that there is a quiet understanding between the two that if the head coaching job becomes available, Kent will pass the torch to his OC.
Hard to call. Popp lives in NC has five young children and his wife probably will have a say. According to Montreal reporters he's not really interested in doing this. We should know more in a week or two.
Perhaps, but I was hearing through the later half of this season how Popp loved to coach, wanted to coach. After the last hire, Wetenhall might be a little gun shy of bringing in another face to coach this team.
Just a theory, but I think Popp will be wearing the head coach's cap again this season in Montreal.
It's true, Popp did say that, but he also sang Mike Miller's praise during the regular season. Now Miller is gone. I think Popp was managing the optics as much as anything during the season. Now, we'll see whether he really wants to take on the grind of being HC full-time. As Hfx said, his wife will certainly have a say, considering the size of their family. It could go either way to my mind.