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Jacques Martin was fired as coach of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, with the storied team in last place in its division.
Assistant Randy Cunneyworth will be the interim head coach for the rest of the season. The team said he and general manager Pierre Gauthier were to hold a news conference later in day at Bell Centre.
Larry Carriere, the assistant general manager, will become an assistant coach.
The Canadiens (13-12-7) are at the bottom of the Northeast Division. However, they are just two points out of second place in a division led by Boston.
Martin was in his third season with Montreal and 17th in the NHL. He reached his 600th NHL career victory last April making him the ninth winningest coach in league history.
He joined the Canadiens in 2009-10 and took them on an improbable run to the Eastern Conference finals where they lost to Philadelphia. Montreal made the playoffs the following year but was eliminated in the first round.
Before joining the Canadiens, the 59-year-old Martin spent five seasons coaching the Florida Panthers and before that nine seasons coaching Ottawa, where he left as the career leader in regular-season wins, playoff wins and games.
Known for his defense-first philosophy, Martin led the Senators to its first President's Trophy in the 2002-03 season.
He also won the NHL coach of the year in 1998-99 and was part of Canada's gold-medal triumph at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
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The Montreal Canadiens have made a move, firing head coach Jacques Martin. Not that this move is without merit, as the Habs have been playing poorly, but to me, a lot more of the blame has to land on the shoulders of GM Pierre Gauthier. Bringing in the highly overpriced Scott Gomez and signing Markov to a large deal this summer have essentially wasted $13M of cap...
Various things have been slipping away from the Montreal Canadiens recently. Now that coach Jacques Martin has been shown the door, the team is hoping for no more slippage.
Leads and points have slipped out of the Canadiens' grasp of late. General manager Pierre Gauthier hopes his latest move keeps the team's playoff hopes from doing the same.
Gauthier announced on Saturday...
Jacques Martin was fired as coach of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, with the storied team undone by sloppy play and in last place in its division.
Assistant Randy Cunneyworth was appointed interim head coach for the rest of the season. He and general manager Pierre Gauthier held a news conference later in day at Bell Centre. Larry Carriere, the assistant general manager, was...
Guess Pierre Gauthier ran out of assistant coaches to sacrifice. From the Montreal Canadiens, eleventh place on Dec. 17 just isn't good enough:
The Canadiens have announced that Jacques Martin has been relieved of this duties.
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from Canadiens.com, When the players arrived at the Bell Centre for an early meeting on Saturday morning, it was about more than just Xs and Os.
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Well, Christmas seems to have come early for many Habs fans as we woke up to the news that Jacques Martin had been canned by General Manager Pierre Gauthier. For now, Randy Cunnyworth has been promoted to Head Coach, although I’m sure a search is already underway to find Martin’s successor. The move comes in advance of a rather important hockey game for the Canadiens who face...
PHT: With the amount of talent in Montreal and the lack of performance we’ve seen, you have to wonder what took Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier so long to fire Jacques Martin.
MONTREAL – Not satisfied with his team’s performance to date, Pierre Gauthier shook things up once again.
Jacques Martin has been fired as coach of the last-place Montreal Canadiens. The team said Saturday that assistant Randy Cunneyworth will be the interim head coach for the rest of the season. The Canadiens are 13-12-7 in the Northeast Division. Cunneyworth and general manager Pierre Gauthier are to hold a news conference later in day at the Bell Centre.
The Montreal Canadiens have become the sixth team in the league to fire their coach this season. Jacques Martin has been fired after about two and a half seasons on the job. He is replaced by assistant coach Randy Cunneyworth.
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