It was announced on Monday that the Montreal Canadiens have come to terms on a multi-year coaching contract with Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin. Just one year into a four-year deal he signed to manage the Panthers, Martin will replace interim coach (and Habs GM) Bob Gainey on the bench.
Prior to signing with the Florida Panthers, Martin legitimized himself as a significant Canadian hockey figure as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators where a once formidable crop of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza were amongst the league’s best. Credit Martin with helping develop current NHL stars Zdeno Chara and Martin Havlat as well.
Last season, the Canadiens 100th as a franchise, the team disappointed before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs to the upstart Boston Bruins. Martin himself, as coach of the Sens, is no stranger to first-round exits, but his impact on the Ottawa record books (games coached, wins, etc.) speaks to his credibility.
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According to the Denver Post the Colorado Avalanche have offered their available head coaching spot to former goaltender Patrick Roy. Though it has been confirmed that Roy has met with Avs GM Pierre Lacroix, no decision is said to have been made.
After spending the first half of his career in net for the Montreal Canadiens, Roy led the Colorado Avalanche to Stanley Cup victories in 1996 and 2001. The legendary goalie retired in 2003 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Though Roy’s playing portfolio is beyond impressive, his coaching experience is relatively lacking. Roy has spent the past four seasons coaching the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Many recall January 2007 when Roy allegedly threw punches at the owner of another QMJHL team, or March 2008 when he was seen cheering as his son, Remparts goaltender Jonathan Roy, sucker punched an opposing team’s goalie during a brawl.
Obviously this is the person you want coaching your professional team.
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