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Montreal columnist rips Habs coach, GM, pretty much everything

Oct 23, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

Jacques Martin

The Montreal Gazette’s Jack Todd wasn’t messing around when he wrote his latest column on embattled Habs coach, Jacques Martin.

The Canadiens are off to a terrible start and, like many of the fans, Todd has had just about enough with the man behind the bench.

[Martin] is the league’s least innovative coach, he has the charisma of a boiled turnip and his constantly ballyhooed “system” seems tailored to the NHL circa 1997, when Jacques Lemaire’s trapping Devils ruled the roost.

Nor does Todd seem too impressed with Habs management.

Sooner or later, Pierre Gauthier will fire Martin to save his own skin, because that’s what GMs do. But the onus here should be on a front office that has not drafted well enough, traded well enough or hired well enough. Again and again, the Canadiens have let go of the valuable, relatively inexpensive players who are the heart of any team: players like Dominic Moore, Jeff Halpern and Roman Hamrlik.

OK, so it’s only one columnist’s opinion. But this was a scathing piece, and it was published in Montreal’s only English-language daily newspaper. In other words, thousands and thousands of Habs fans are going to read that “it seems clear that the Canadiens have gone as far as Pierre Gauthier and Jacques Martin can take them.”

As Chris Stevenson of QMI Agency reports, the Montreal faithful is already restless.

They have Facebook pages calling for Martin’s head. Twitter was overwhelmed with venom. Habs fans are still lamenting the fact the club let Guy Boucher leave the organization to coach the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In a town like Montreal, this sort of thing doesn’t just go away by itself. The only solution is winning. And at the moment it doesn’t look like the Canadiens are capable of that.

The Habs host the Panthers Monday and the Flyers Wednesday, then it’s a home-and-away with the Bruins.

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  1. westwoodwarrior8 - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    its really Pierre Gauthier’s fault. He let quite a few valuable players walk this offseason and did not replace them well enough to potentially build off a season where they were an OT goal against the Bruins away from moving on. This is not Jacques Martin’s problem, the Habs just simply do not have the manpower right now to be able to compete. Now granted PG could not resign Wisniewski due to the pricetag but to let the likes of Halpern, Hamrlik, Pyatt to name a few go for relatively cheap was just dumb.

  2. bcisleman - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Current management may have made bad choices, but so did Gainey. Just one example was letting Mark Streit go to free agency in 2008. Where would the Habs be now if they had retained him?

    • danphipps01 - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:27 PM

      Wouldn’t be relying on Subban for nearly as much as they are, to be sure. Between Streit and Hamrlik they’d have offensive D-men (well, in Streit’s case, at least) that AREN’T in the penalty box three or more times a game and giving up appalling turnovers on the ice. Streit is not the kind of player you give up when he’s only running $4,100,000.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 24, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Sens and Habs can’t win a game… a Leafs fan I’m just lovin life right now

  4. ribs108 - Oct 24, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Just an FYI about Jack Todd. He doesn’t actually believe anything he writes – The Gazette has him on staff merely to write controversial stuff to sell papers. True, he is discussed at water coolers, but realize that the writer is nothing more than a gimmick. His hockey knowledge is marginal at best.

  5. hulkhogan69 - Oct 24, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    How’s that Scott Gomez for Ryan McDonagh trade working out for the Habs? McD might just put up more points than Gomez this year.

    • danphipps01 - Oct 24, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      All joking aside, holy shit, since when do players get BETTER when they go to the Rangers? Why isn’t the Sather Effect working on McD? Not that I want it to or anything. It just blows my mind a little that it’s NOT.

  6. nhlbruins90 - Oct 24, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    As you might expect, I find it all so amusing. Can’t wait for the home and home series this week. Might be just what the B’s need to cure a hangover.

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