As a French Canadian and general enthusiast of anything relative to the words “hockey” and “poutine,” it’s safe to say that I’m a self proclaimed Habs fanatic.
The last time the most decorated franchise of the North brought home the coveted Stanley Cup, I was two years old (though I assure you my diapers sported a Habs logo).
It’s now been almost two decades since the Canadiens have won it all, the longest drought in team history. With a Conference Finals run two seasons ago, the smell of polished silver and champagne teased our nostrils, as we all hoped head coach Jaques Martin would valiantly lead our soldiers to face Chicago in what would have been an Original Six Cup Final to go down in history.
Instead, the Canadiens came up short, a pattern that’s come to not only personify the Habs of late, but one that’s plagued Jaques Martin his entire career. The fault does not solely lie on Martin’s shoulders, but here’s a short list of why he’s NOT the coach the Montreal Canadiens need to help them end this prolonged Stanley Cup dry spell.