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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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Glad you chimed in, Jake. Mow maybe you can represent the Leaf idiots who boo him and tell us exactly what it was he did that calls for that. And remember, if you bring up the name "Tucker" there are a hundred responses waiting to be thrown back at you regarding that classic moron.

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

I think part of the problem is that Montreal played over their head last year and the first part of this season.

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

Yes, the Sens and Alfie have had so much success vs. the Leafs - and I'm talking when it counts, not the regular season. Alfie finally got what was coming to him last year - Bell's hit was a beautiful thing!!!

Now, back to Habs everyone - I believe that's what we're suppose to be addressing here.


Jake, 2009-03-22 12:17:36

I think part of the reason they're having so much trouble recently is that teams are enjoying sticking it to them in order to send a message to their boorish fans and their idiotic Olé Olé and Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye routines. Earlier, when they were winning, their "fans" loved to ridicule the opposition but as I said before, what goes around comes around, and apparently those "fans" don't realize that, in the long run, it just makes it more difficult for their team against opposition wanting to shove the songs back down their throats.

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

Tap Tap Tap go the hammers in go the nails bye bye Habs get the golf clubs out.
John, 2009-03-21 23:48:44

Yeah, they're back on track. Just witnessed a 5 to 2 arse kicking at the hands of the Leafs.

Ole ole ole ole - Go Leafs!
Jake, 2009-03-21 21:44:07

I see now where the name of Clement Jodoin, coach of Rimouski Oceanic, is being bandied about as possibly a candidate for the head coach's job with the Habs next season!

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 team's record is worse since Carbonneau was fired. Proves once again that it's not usually the coach that's the problem. These players have enough skill and hockey sense. They are in a bad slump and a coaching change is not a factor. Injuries throughout the season is a big factor and when losses pile up after a spectacular first 1/3 season, it snowballs into a major slump. If they can connect with a few wins in a row, it will be contageous and timing will be great for a playoff run. I am not in the least a Habs fan, but we all remember the first part of the season and they were fast and winning. Now as for the playoffs I think even with a complete turn around and a return to pre christmas form any East team will not even come close to San Jose or Detroit.
Jeff K, 2009-03-18 20:20:26

It was really interesting hearing the experts weigh in on Carbonneau's comments today.

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

Another dismal outing by Montreal who never looked or played like a winner last night. They will not find the next two games any easier against the sens and Leafs who both i am sure would love to hammer the nails in on this coffin.
John, 2009-03-18 19:11:27

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