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
In each case the bottom line was - the team concerned was perceived as under-achieving, so something had to be done. Maurice and Tortorella have seemed to turn things around in Carolina and New York, and although they have little or no chance of making the playoffs, the Sens are clearly playing better under Clouston.
At this time the jury is still out on the Gainey and the Habs, although it doesn't appear to be working any better. One reasons is, each of NY, Carolina and Ottawa made deals to improve their on-ice product at or near the trade deadline. Montreal did not. And that could be their ultimate undoing.
All I can say is, they had better be ready tomorrow when they visit the Sens and later the Leafs after having had their "fans" ridicule Ottawa and Toronto on several occasions this season, singing them off the ice with their idiotic "nah nah, hey hey, kiss him goodbye" routine. Players have long memories and what goes around comes around.
Gary O., 2009-03-18 16:28:35
Not the kind of inspiration this team needs! Kovolev is injured??? or asked to sit again. Higgins showed up in the first but like the rest took a skate in the 2nd & 3rd periods.
East Coast Swanky, 2009-03-15 15:01:35
As I mentioned in a prior entry, there are several issues to fix in order to make a run in the playoffs.
We'll see what Gainey is made of now, and we'll see what this team is made of too.
Andy V., 2009-03-10 19:37:09
William McLaughlin, 2009-03-10 16:12:26
This franchise is heading for a big wake up call and there is no chance they will win a Stanley cup this year.
John, 2009-03-10 14:43:27