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Hiring Martin right move for Habs?
Mon, June 1, 2009

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



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Very poor effort by a very poor team that really should not have made the playoffs. No heart no grit...The Leafs would have given Boston a better run for their money. Time to clean house...cya Bob.
DDAAAaaaLeafs, 2009-04-24 14:28:50

Hey Bill,

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
Mario, 2009-04-24 14:27:31

I wonder who people will believe, Gainey who I do not recall ever telling a lie, or Lawton? Seems pretty simple Lawton lies way to often. Also The fans in MTL should listen to mr Gainey a little. If we keep booing our stars they will nto be our stars for long and then they will be a star elsewhere. THe players agree the organization is great but the fans and media have it all wrong. As for Gainey he will be around next year and he will have a team that can win.
David, 2009-04-24 14:22:15

The ones that should go - if it were at all possible - are the morons in the stands who have yet to figure out that their idiotic Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye routine only serves to fire up the opposition - io not for the game in question, then certainly for the next time they meet.

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 season was hyped beyond belief here. Price is not ready to be a full time goal tender although he is very good he desperately needs n experienced goal tender to help him develope.

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

After the 2 nd half season disaster, no one should have been suprised at the 4 game sweep by the young/tough Bruins. Bob G is upset at the Tampa GM, but he needs to examine his own team/players, how they performed.

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

Swanky


East Coast Swanky, 2009-04-24 11:58:41

Firstly, the Habs will be sold to Celine Dion and a consortium of equally "hockey wise" investors. The owners should then fire Gainey and hire someone like Bob Clark or even Patty Boy Roy to run the team. This should ensure that the Habs will never again raise the Stanley Cup, or darken the doorstep of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Don Cherry, 2009-04-24 10:54:55

Thanks for playing. Better luck next year, Bob.
gerry, 2009-04-24 10:25:14

What's wrong with Habs?

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

Habs= a bunch of chinadolls,As a Leafs fan I am enjoying every minute of the Habs grief.
bill, 2009-04-24 09:40:26

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