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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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After doing nothing at the trade deadline, this team still needs a major kick in the butt. It's time for Carbo to go; he's not getting the job done. Give Hamilton's Don Lever a shot.
Roy, 2009-03-07 08:24:26

Price's game has gone south-- likely Carbo would like to send him down to Hamilton.
Swanky, 2009-03-06 14:32:34

After getting killed by the Sabres last night, I'd say no.
Jake, 2009-03-05 13:34:50

The Habs won't be on track until their best goalie is their best goalie. Price has to regain some of his form of last year or this team won't make it past the first round of the playoffs. Halak has played great the last few games but he can't keep carrying the team.
Rick W., 2009-03-03 13:46:23

I don't think the Habs really fell off the track,they just went into a speed wobble,which almost every team does.Detroit went into a speed wobble for awhile but are back just as the Habs are back.This is the time of year when players get nervous about being traded and then they settle down after the deadline, and make the sprint to the finish line.The Habs will definitely be there,no worries.
JohnBoy, 2009-02-24 12:58:30

The game against Ottawa went as well as could be expected.

Kovalev was encouraged by our fans and the team played well save for a few lapses.

It will take a few more games to evaluate, and Vancouver will be more of a challenge to evaluate on.

If the Habs continue to play this way - they will build confidence and they will be playing within their system and using chances to create opportunities.

Get Carey Price going to the point where the kid can be confident every time out win or lose, and the Habs will finish strong.

Most of the East are so-so

and a strong finish will separate the Habs from the rest and will set them up for the playoffs.

Tanguay will be back soon and this will give the team another offensive threat when he rounds into game shape.

The Habs will need to keep playing like big bangers with Komisarek, Pacioretty, Stewart, Kostopoulos, and Lapierre on seek and destroy missions. Laraque has to be ready to take out the garbage when needed, and

Gainey should see if he can get 1 more forward who can fight at the trade deadline - just for our buddies Milan, Shaun, and Claude in the playoffs.
Andy V., 2009-02-22 07:39:51

Justly or not, I would think that Carbonneau's job is on the line here. Classic case of not being able to fire the whole team.

Go Habs!
Roy, 2009-02-21 08:40:10

Huge Habs fan here. I'm not worried, Habs always stink it up after the Allstar game for a month or so. They'll turn things around, Price will get his confidence back, Gainey will make a trade or two to make the team better and then a cup run. Things are fine. The reason why we're hearing so much about it is because Habs won't settle for mediocrity, Leafs can only hope for it. GO HABS GO!!!
Shawn, 2009-02-20 14:28:19

It seems that when problems begin to crop up, they soon tend to proliferate. Now, on top of the Kovalev thing, La Presse reports that the Kostitsyn brothers and Roman Hamrlik are perhaps a little too cozy with one Pasquale Mangiola who is under investigation (and arrest) for links to organized crime.
Gary O., 2009-02-20 14:17:19

Kovalev is playing like half the player he was last year, but I'd hardly call him a liability. What the Washington game made apparent is that the rest of the team relies on him too much, especially the power play. The rest of the league is onto this and that's why their PP stinks this year. It's kind of like when I was in Calgary when the Flames had MacInnis. Nobody would even play the other players on the penalty kill, because all of them were just trying to get it on Al's stick.

Without Kovalev, the other Habs had to resort to shooting and the results were promising. Hopefully they can learn something from this.
Rick W., 2009-02-20 09:40:57

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