The Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Bob Gainey, hired Jacques Martin on Monday to relieve himself of the coaching position he assumed after the firing of Guy Carbonneau.
Martin has been coaching on various levels for the last 20 years. In the NHL he has coached the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers, where he was still the general manager with a two-year contract in hand.
Martin has always been good for young players. It seems that many of the promising players he managed and coached reached their promised potential.
As for his own comments during the press conference, the usual pride, honor, dream, and priviledge speech was delivered. But the fact that Bob Gainey actually hired a coach in June could give us a hint on what's coming up. Gainey would stay at the GM position despite a wave of unpopularity due to last season's nightmare ending.
So the Gainey-Martin era begins. I wish Jacques Martin the best of luck in this challenging rebuilding phase. A lot of moves are to be made with the club this summer as more than 10 players have no contract for next season.
(In-copy picture: Jacques Martin and Bob Gainey, Canadian Press.)
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