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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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LMAO at the whiny Leafs fan (that would be you, Paul) whose tummy gets indigestion when the Habs get mentioned in the same sentence as his precious Leaves. Enjoy your never-ending rebuilding mode excuse and I hope you're feeling better- in about ten years.
Roy, 2009-02-20 09:25:52

Montreal needs to trade a couple of the fancy skaters (Europeans who never hit) for a good, all around power forward.

They need someone who can put the puck in the net and bang a bit, not prima donna figure skaters.
gordholio, 2009-02-20 00:05:31

COULD IT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH LETTING MARK STREIT AND RYDER GO AND

MAYBE BRIESBOIS AND HAMERLIK LOST A FEW STEPS

THEY ARE WEAK ON THE BLUELINE
RALPH, 2009-02-19 17:56:04

I think these moves are good; they are saying that primarily results count and no one is exempt from action. I think Kovalev is a brilliant player but needs to serve the team first and if that means sitting out to see who is willing to “pick up the torch”, so be it. It is easy to look to one player like Kovalev to be the franchise but that doesn’t make for a good playoff team; which is what they need. Depth comes when everyone feels the obligation to take a fare share of the load; Kovalev has been asked by fans and teammates to take more than he should. I just hope he takes it as a team player, accepts his two game break, and returns to carry his fair share…and nothing more. I am guilty of isolating Kovalev during the game to watch for some of his stick-handling brilliance rather than giving the same endorsement of a tape-to-tape pass and finished check. Last night’s game against the Caps showed that this team has heart and can be successful on the powerplay without Alex and his highlight moves. Keep it simple, skate hard, and leave no detail unfulfilled. Bob Gainey is prompting players to play this way and look to themselves to make the difference which in the end will open up ice for Alex Kovalev to return to form. This isn’t the panic button being pushed, it is the vaccination that prompts us to raise our defences and fight back. Let’s hope we recover in time for playoffs with all of our players; especially Alex Kovalev.
Rick, 2009-02-19 16:46:17

Awww man, here we go. Again. Just when you thought only those with intelligent views and comments to offer were frequenting this place at long last, along comes another of the hats-on-backwards, juvenile crowd with the "So-And-So Suck" routine and nothing of substance to offer.

That kind of garbage has no place here.
Gary O., 2009-02-19 16:22:18

I wouldn't ever compare the Leafs to the Habs. Leafs are in re-build mode - what for the last 42 years???? Who's the loser???
Jax, 2009-02-19 15:48:43

You Hab fans make me sick to my stomach. Your team is a bunch of losers and stop comparing leafs to the habs. Leafs know they are not making the playoffs and are in re--build mode. Habs you suck and will not even make the playoffs because you have no goalie and have no class. Even if the habs make the playoffs i can see them getting bounced in 4 games in the first round because there is alot better teams out there that are bigger, faster, more skilled and have a proven goalie.

HABS SUCK
Paul, 2009-02-19 14:20:01

Don’t the players realize that it is the Centennial Anniversary of the team? Carey Price’s armour isn’t tarnishing, it’s the bad lighting. Huet or Ryder won’t win us the Holy Grail. Stack the All-Star selections with Les Habs, who cares if they don’t deserve it. Kovalev will take us to the Promised Land, just like he did with, er, oops, I mean he plays well. Omg. What is happening? Like a true Habs Fan, start telling your friends that you knew it would happen and warned them that the balloon was going to burst! Just remember to bend your knees in unison with the rest of the Habitant Faithful as we do our yearly jump from the bandwagon. Ha, Ha, Ha, What a bunch of sad fans.
TS, 2009-02-19 14:17:39

We don't have to hit the panic button. But we can worry a little bit. A lot of moves are being made quickly with Kostisyn being sent back to Hamilton, Kovalev sitting and so on. It's almost like the management is acting like we are out of options - which I don't believe for a second. Here's a thought; instead of switching your lines all the time, how's about you give it a few games to see how the players do together once they've actually had the chance to get used to eachother??

I agree with all the comments about how being a Habs fan, second best just won't do. My hubby is a Leaf fan, you can just imagine how much fun I have with that.. :-)

Anyway - guys, get your eyes out of your arses and let the players do what they are paid to do; PLAY HOCKEY!!

Sophie
Sophie, 2009-02-19 12:20:23

To Mr.Lankhof.

Every time Kovalev is mentioned in a negative way in the Montreal press, a report in a Russian newspaper surfaces that just deepens the problem.

Kovalev is just as admired as Koivu with some journalists here in Montreal, these same journalists that publish a negative column concerning the language Koivu uses to address the media while Koivu is hospitalized, and goes after Kovalev for issuing similar statements about the club, coach, and team issues in yet another russian paper and then has other journalists bringing forth that the story is flawed or the sources are questionable.

Last night Darren Dreger spoke and texted with Kovalev, and then reported his findings on TV. Dreger has a lot more to lose if he does not report properly.

It would be proper for jounalists to actually report truth based on accurate information that can be proven if necessary.

But then again, that wouldn't sell many papers would it?
Andy V., 2009-02-19 11:42:15

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