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Another coach bites the dust: Montreal fires Jacques Martin

Dec 17, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

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Another day, another head coach fired.

The Montreal Canadiens have fired Jacques Martin after two and a half seasons with the team. The team did not announce the hiring of a new full-time coach immediately and named Randy Cunneyworth the team’s interim head coach. Larry Carrière becomes the new assistant coach under Cunneyworth to fill out the staff.

With Montreal having a coaching vacancy, their hunt for a new coach is one that works differently than the other 29 teams in the league. The Habs will look for the best qualified coach who is fluent in both French and English so as to better deal with everything in Montreal.

Two names that instantly come to mind immediately that fit that description: Michel Therrien and Bob Hartley. The Canadiens’ AHL coach in Hamilton, Clement Jodoin, could also be in the mix.

With the amount of talent there is in Montreal and the lack of performance we’ve seen out of them under Martin, you have to wonder what took GM Pierre Gauthier so long to pull the trigger. In the meantime, the Canadiens have seen homegrown coaches Guy Boucher and Kirk Muller escape Montreal’s system for other NHL head coaching jobs. Don’t suppose Montreal would like a do-over there, do you?

  1. hanktheking - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    “All the talent”? Seriously? Outside of Cammalieri, Price and MAYBE Subban, they stink.

  2. govtminion - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    I LOVE the idea of Bob Hartley being back behind an NHL bench- he got hosed over in Colorado (fired from a team over .500?), and didn’t have much to work with in Atlanta. Sad that he’d be in Montreal, prompting me to immediately declare him evil and subhuman, but that’s how it goes.

    My one problem with it- that stint in Atlanta was a good while back, wasn’t it? That’s a long time between head coaching jobs in the NHL (I know he’s coaching elsewhere right now, but still).

    • t16rich - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      Most importnatly, he speaks french. I am not trying to be funny, but that has always been a must for a Habs coach since I have been alive.

      • bcjim - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        They really ought to lose the Anglophobia up there.

  3. mydadyourmom - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Agreed, very little talent on this team. They will surely hire another marginal coach who speaks French.

  4. drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Soon, they’ll be looking to do the same with Kaberle.

  5. gottogetiton - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Good now maybe next time they’ll let Perry Pearn be the head coach and Martin can play second banana.

  6. trbowman - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:17 PM


    MTL stand up.

  7. danphipps01 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    And next on the chopping block, Todd McLellan.

  8. vipod4ever - Dec 18, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    only one coach can bring back the winning tradition,intensity, and legitimacy to this rich franchise…and he’s only 2hrs up the road….it’ s time for St- Patrick to come home.

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