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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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Andy i love a romantic sweet dreams
John, 2009-03-25 22:53:23

Clement Jodoin was already an assistant coach previously with the Habs.

I think that the next coach will probably be - you guessed it - Bob Gainey. He

can speak french, is still well respected - although his armour has been dented this year, he's surrounded with good people in the GM's office and he gave 2 years of the bosses money on an extension to the coach he fired. So he does have something to prove in that regard.

There's still 9 games to prep for the playoffs, and once they start, it's a war to the end where anything could happen if the cards fall right - including chants of OLE-OLE and NA-NA,

HEY-HEY, GOODBYE, and a Stanley cup parade on Ste Catherine street.

What an end to the 100th anniversary that would be...
Andy V., 2009-03-25 19:26:29

Phone conversation after last nights game...

OK - yeah - that's one. 9 to go. Tampa Bay and Buffalo on Thursday and Saturday.

Kept Atlanta at 25 shots - some magic finally happened on the PP and the 14 million dollar first line played like a first line. Carey Price still gave up a softy, but was pretty good.

The team needed the win, the fans needed the win, and Bob Gainey needed the win.

Bob, why didn't anyone try

Tanguay, Koivu and Kovalev together before when the line combo's included 2 defencemen and plumbers up on the first line?

Bob, I know that the temptation will be to break up that line - doooooon't doo iiit !!!! In fact keep the other lines together too !!!!

Baby steps Bob...baby steps. We keep the lines together, and we reinforce the system that we've been playing - ( you know it has been kind of tough to id just what that system was between the indifference and panic )

So just what did you tell the players in those meetings ??? From the game yesterday it seemed like

"Get the f%&* out there and play your a@@$3$ off before you're riding camels in the Iraqi hockey league!!!"

Well whatever - it worked.

Bob, I didn't know Iraq had a pro hockey league. Ok gotta go have a glass of milk and count my money...

Goodnight Bob.

Goodnight George.
Andy V., 2009-03-25 18:49:37

What a question! Mais oui, of course I do. Go Habs!
Thomas LaBelle, 2009-03-25 07:13:29

This was the year that Habs fans thought they would win a cup. I couldn't help but recall their spineless finish in the playoffs against Philly last year.
Jim, 2009-03-25 06:34:33

Having followed this site for a couple of years, can we not have a return to the hockey discussions rather than to a bunch of personal attacks which fill up the space & make for tedious reading.!

Yes the Habs are in trouble, they likely will hang on to a p/o spot but going beyond the first round is skating on thin ice. As an ealier write said, they finish last season and quick start this year led the fans to higher unrealistic expectations!. They simply have too many weaknesses in their lineup & have a dearth of skill & leadership. Their signees Tanguay & Lang have lived up to their Injury Prone past.Koivu & Tanguay have to score and Kovalev should be riding the team bus in Hamilton.
East Coast Swanky, 2009-03-24 16:11:34

The Habs problems will never go away unless the fans get behind them and stop the moronic booing that continues to resonate around the Bell center.

Grow up and support the team or stay home and let the real fans get a ticket to see them.

PS i am not a Habs fan but the team deserve better than they are getting. who the hell will ever want to play in this town with the reactions displayed here.

Just to let you Habs fans know there is only one cup winner and it isn't always you even if it is a special year. You have a team of young players who will probably be looking forward to getting traded right now.
John, 2009-03-24 15:28:34

Mon dit tabernouche!!! Dey must hnot miss de playhoffs in dis dere hundert haniversere!!!

Get hanother knife and stick hit in my heye...better yet gives de Leafs da cup Stanley!

Where's dose good Quebecker names like Lafleur, Bouchard, Beliveau, Cournoyer, Robinson.

Now all we ave are Koivu, Kostytsin, Kovalev, Kostopoulous, Kostytsin again, what the ell are we now Special K??????
S.T. Collisse, 2009-03-24 12:58:27

Aww gee. I made a typo. Golly. Flay me with the cat-o'-9-tails. Boil me in oil.

Jake, you hang your hat on such trivial things that it reduces you more and more to the ranks of the morons.

Go back to your post where you said "Alfie finally got what was coming to him last year - Bell's hit was a beautiful thing!!!"

Coming to him for what?

As Samuel Clemens once said "better to keep your mouth shut and only appear to be an idiot than to open it and thereby remove all doubt."
Gary O., 2009-03-24 08:17:18

Fill me in on the meaning of your phrase beginning with "Mow maybe you can...". And you refer to others as idiots?

I can't speak for Leaf fans who boo Alfie. You brought up Alfie's success vs. the Leafs and I was only saying that the Sens have never won anything important when it comes to the Leafs - nothing more.

Grow up Gary!!!
Jake, 2009-03-23 22:39:36

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