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
Also, "when it counts" and a buck will get you a cup of coffee. What a thing to have to hang onto forever as a means of "bragging rights." Pathetic.
Gary O., 2009-03-23 12:22:07
Now they are coming back down to where they should be (maybe a little lower though) and people are asking what's wrong.
Maybe they're just not as good as people thought.
They're better than how they've been doing recently, but they're certainly not a 100 point hockey team.
Their players are too small and don't get involved in the hard work of checking or physical contact (most of them).
Look what happened in the playoffs last year - out in the 1st round.
Even if they squeak into the playoffs, they will go nowhere.
They are not built for the playoffs.
gordholio, 2009-03-23 05:24:38
Now, back to Habs everyone - I believe that's what we're suppose to be addressing here.
Jake, 2009-03-22 12:17:36
Toronto fans haven't learned that lesson either with their booing of Alfredsson - who just happens to have scored more against the Leafs than any other team.
Keep it up morons.
Gary O., 2009-03-22 08:18:56
Ole ole ole ole - Go Leafs!
Jake, 2009-03-21 21:44:07
Well, why not? They could then follow their usual pattern of firing him one day, only to see him go on to bigger and better things elsewhere as happened with Alain Vigneault, Pat Burns, Claude Julien and Michel Therrien, who each followed the same path through Montreal.
Seems patience is not a virtue in Montreal.
Gary O., 2009-03-21 09:29:57
The most enlightening piece of commentary actually came from Jacques Demers who mentioned the team's hypocrites that were very quick to leak versions of team events to the media.
I had noticed there was a stink in the locker room when Koivu returned from his injury layoff. Kovalev had been wearing the C and the Habs were winning. At that time I was wondering who the captain really was. 1 Finn vs 4 Russians + 1 Czech buddy.
We started sliding not long after and have yet to recover.
So a bit of stink keeps leaking out from time to time letting the fans know that what was supposed to be a 100th anniversary year with a serious run for the cup, has turned into a locker room full of problems that consistently shows on the ice.
Maybe it was time for Guy to go, but I think more that there will be a lot more joining him soon enough.
The Habs are already a team that has difficulty attracting free agents, especially talented homeboys. If both the on ice
and locker room issues are not addressed the malaise will only continue.
Fix it Bob!
Andy V., 2009-03-18 19:24:52