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Jacques Martin was named Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens on June 1, 2009.
Years as an NHL Coach: 16th season, 556-439-119-66, .550 win %, Playoffs, 47-57, Adams Trophy 1998-99 (w/Ottawa)
Jacques Martin has a long history of some success at the NHL level. Like many coaches before him, he has not been able to win the ultimate prize—the Stanley Cup, at least as the head coach that is. Martin's playing career peaked at the college level, where Martin played goalie at St. Lawrence University, where he played with future fellow NHL coach Mike Keenan.
As a former goaltender, it isn't too surprising to realize or be surprised with Martin's defense-first approach, and to instill and demand discipline from his teams. Martin began his coaching career in the OHL with the Peterborough Petes, where he spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach, beginning in 1983-84. He followed with one season with the Guelph Platers, a team that featured future NHLers in Steve Chiasson and Gary Roberts. After, he got his NHL debut as a coach, for two playoff seasons with the St. Louis Blues.
He followed with two seasons as an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks and three with the Quebec Nordiques as the associate coach, before moving to the AHL season as head coach of the Cornwall Aces in 1993-94, a team that had three future NHL goalies in Jocelyn Thibault, Garth Snow and Stephane Fiset. After, he rejoined the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche as an assistant for two more years, where the team eventully won a Stanley Cup in 1996.
Martin was hired by the Ottawa Senators to take over for Dave Allison in 1996, and eight plus seasons in the role. While he always had a star studded roster, they struggled to achieve the success some thought they should have, with the closest they came to a Stanley Cup being a Game 7 loss in the 203 Eastern Conference Finals to New Jersey.
Martin spent three seasons starting in 2004, where he worked with his former college teammate Mike Keenan, who was the GM. Martin would take over two years later as GM, when Keenan would resign. Martin was removed from his dual position in 2008.
He reappeared as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens this past season, and led a team who caught a hot hand to defeat the top seeded Washington Capitals in the first round, and make it to the Conference Finals before losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in five games. The Canadien fans are tough, and are waiting to see what Martin and his Habs will do in year two in Montreal.
Odds of surviving 2010-11 season: After a strong playoff year with Montreal, I'd think Martin should be in good position with the Canadiens. However, in the tough market of Montreal, things can change rather quickly. That being said, I don't think it will change that much this season.