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Bob Gainey poaches Jacques Martin from Panthers

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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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Third annual Winter Classic to be held at Fenway?

Posted by Austin Kent Categories: Boston Bruins, Rumors

Fenway Winter ClassicThough nothing is official just yet, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is convinced that the third installment of the annual NHL Winter Classic will be held at Boston’s Fenway Park.

“Everything I’ve seen acts like, looks like, smells like it’s going to be in Boston,” Jacobs said in an Associated Press interview. “I don’t know of anybody else that’s gone through all of the search and process” to prepare for the game.

An official announcement is not expected until July. No word has been given as to a possible opponenet for the Bruins who finished last season with their highest win total since winning the Stanley Cup in 1972.

Previously the outdoor game has been held in Buffalo and Chicago at Ralph Wilson Stadium and Wrigley Field respectively.

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