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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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I heard the Name "Patrick Roy" as a Possible replacement

as Coach of the "HABS"

That would be like "The Inmates are Running the Asylum" Please give the Habs fans a break, this guy really has alot of serious issues, one being that "He already quit the Habs once"

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Butch Cummings, 2009-03-10 14:34:44

In my Opinion this was not Bob Gainey's call to fire guy Carboneau, this Call came from G.G. no doubt in my mind.

And Kovalev has fingerprints all over this call as he was the reason why Guy had lost the room.

When Gainey Told Kovalev to stay home for 2 days Bob Gainey should Have Dealt Kovalev then or Put him on Waivers, Or Just got rid of him "KOVALEV"

He is Poison in Montreal, I predicted this Move on Sunday Mar. 8th 2009.

Also i Honestly believe Carbonneau will land on his feet in Dallas as Head Coach, possibly even this season, remember i said it here on Mar. 10th 2009.
Butch Cummings, 2009-03-10 14:27:42

Let's think this through objectively people -I'm a CARBO fan but the fact is that he is not communicating well with the players. Has everyone forgotten how well this same group of players performed until 6 weeks ago? Something has changed and my guess is the players have switched off listening to CARBO's rants. He's a rookie head coach and has still much to learn.

I hope he stays in the organization in some capacity but head coach ain't the one for him at this point.
commodore, 2009-03-10 13:56:32

I predict that if Gainey doesn't get his team into the playoffs, after five years at the helm as GM, he will resign. If he doesn't resign, he will be fired. Look for Bob Hartley to coach the Habs for 2009 - 2010.
mikey416, 2009-03-10 13:46:52

The Canadiens will not make the playoffs this year as the problem is on the ice not the bench. Who would want to take over this team when they are 5th and its not good enough for the management.


John, 2009-03-10 12:56:08

Thanks Gary O.

I've bled Bleu-Blanc-Rouge all my life. I've followed on TV and the few games I'm able to go to. I've also follwed practices and training camp when I've had the chance.

I did choose to leave out Souray and Streit because while they performed admirably, I gave the benefit of the doubt to team management as a faithful fan.

I want the team to do well obviously, but with all the BS that has gone on this year - it's hard to believe.

It was a tough day to be a Habs fan, and overall it's been a difficult season - but it's not over...
Andy V., 2009-03-10 12:45:33

Carbonneau could only play the cards he was dealt. Gainey has built a team with too many heartless and individualistic players without work ethic or team enthusiasm. Another trade deadline has come and gone and Gainey did nothing to improve the team. He has given away valuable players over the past few years. He put Cary Price under extreme pressure and without help or a mentor at a very young age - he may never be the goalie he could have been if developed properly. Kovalev and the Kostitsyn's should be long gone in favour of players with heart and size.

Gainey is the one that should have been fired. It's too bad the president or owner didn't step in.

Montreal has lost a good caoch and will be even less likely to attract top line players with the mess Gainey has created. I will be surprised if they make the playoffs. If they do, they will be bounced in the first round.
ralph, 2009-03-10 11:34:49

I don't think it's realistic. so, Habs hit a snag. What? you fire people just for that? I don't think the matter was serious. At this point I see them making the playoffs. Now, if they kept carbonneau and lost in the first round maybe then i would have let him go, but not now. It almost looks like they want to do the same thing the Sens did with switching coaches. Even though it's proved good for the Senators it's a little too late and I think for both teams at this point. Better luck next year I always say. Still, being a former teammate it's kind of a slap in the face even though he probably shouldn't have worked for his "Friend" after all in the first place.
gerry, 2009-03-10 10:37:02

It is too bad that a couple of weeks ago Carbo was the greatest thing to happen to the Habs, and now he appears to be the worst.

It is too bad that some of the highly paid bums have to resort to the tactics of pretenting to play the game just to get rid of the coach. It would seem to me that the players didn't just decide to be a bunch of scumbags, and why not when Gainey spoke so highly of Carbo did they not approach Gainey and possibly it could have been resolved weeks ago. So much for friendship, and shame on the Hab players. They have lost my respect as players and especially as human beings.
Marcel L, 2009-03-10 10:17:38

a fickle decision based on fans in montreal who tear the city apart when they win. It will not help them. The players might pick it up for a while.Kirk Muller is no offensive genius. Comparing this year to last the team has had alot of injuries adn thats the main difference.
Glen Gorman, 2009-03-10 09:18:07

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