BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA
PITTSBURGH -- There will be a familiar face behind the Montreal Canadiens bench.
The Habs have called a news conference for today where they're expected to name Jacques Martin as their head coach.
League sources say Martin has stepped down from his post as GM of the Florida Panthers because of the financial instability of the club and the possibility they may be sold.
Martin will be a solid choice for the Habs. He will bring stability and could help get the club back to respectability.
Is this the right move for the Habs? Can Martin turn around this team? Have your say in our forum.
Habs to hire Martin
I'm still enjoying the fact that the Leafs are not in the playoffs and won't be for many years to come. the beauty of living in Toronto is that I have the chance to remind leaf fans daily. I'm sure most of the other posts are from Leaf fans as well, at least you admit it.
I'm sick and tired of the Toronto media blatanly enjoying themselves but seem to forget that Toronto has greater problems. Everyone forgets about the injuries. Montreal may have not have won the series with a healthy squad but a couple of more games may have been played. The fans are not to blame, management and the players are to blame. They need to handle both the on and off ice situations more carefully.
Mario, 2009-04-24 14:27:31
Their Olay Olay is wearing a bit thin too, but the capper is the cat-calling aimed at Price and a few others.
That, combined with the intense pressure from the media, makes it very difficult to attrack UFA's - even French Canadians. Claude Lemieux is a classic case of one who couldn't wait to get out of there, and there have been many like him over the years.
It's one thing to have high expectations - but in Montreal it borders on the ludicrous.
When the Habs are in Ottawa many of those same twits come to ScotiaBank Place with their drunken obscenities without regard to those around them. Toronto fans are vocal for their team when in Ottawa as well - but it's just rabid cheering, and that's fine. The rivalry there is more like good-natured ribbing both ways.
Seems to me there are too many Montreal fans with more money than brains.
Garyy O., 2009-04-24 13:51:47
The remainder of the team need to look long and hard at themselves for the failings of the last part of the season and the playoffs.
Gainey should go for his inept handling of the coaching situation. His time is surely gone from Montreal.
John, 2009-04-24 12:14:18
Georges,Plekanec,Komisarek are all light weights as are most of the D. Habs have a couple of good young wingers but no depth at center and very little size or toughness throughout the team.
Price is over rated,has not been used correctly & I fear may blow up due to the stress in Mtl. His gestures to the crowd will not help him long term, if he figures in the team plans!
Perhaps Bob, if he stays GM) should take a look at how the Bruins rebuilt in such a short time.
Enjoy the play offs
East Coast Swanky, 2009-04-24 11:58:41
The media is what's wrong!
Any player going to play for Montreal is nuts with the extra pressure placed on them. You can't even have a decent bowel movement without the media shoving a camera....
Toronto and Montreal should ban them and look out, they might win something again.
art, 2009-04-24 10:04:41