Canadiens expected to hire skills coach Adam Nicholas

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen stands for the national anthem prior to an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames in Montreal, Saturday, January 30, 2021 (Graham Hughes/CP).

The Montreal Canadiens are expected to hire skills coach Adam Nicholas in a player development role, Sportsnet's Eric Engels reports.

Nicholas has been working for the Leafs as a skills coach consultant since October 2019 and is the founder of Stride Envy, a player development company. He has also worked with the New York Rangers, Chicago Steel of the USHL and several NHL players including Clayton Keller, Noah Hanifin, Colin White, Jordan Greenway, Zdeno Chara and Connor Garland.

An announcement from the Canadiens is supposed to be made within a week.

The Canadiens have been making sweeping changes to the team's front office following the addition of Jeff Gorton as executive vice president of hockey operations and Kent Hughes as general manager. Montreal has also hired Vincent Lecavalier as a special advisor to hockey operations and Nick Bobrov as co-director of amateur scouting.

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