That’s the story. Disfunction. Why do I say that? Well, let’s analyze the firing of Jacques Martin closely:
The Canadiens experienced early success with Martin, making the Eastern Conference Finals. They came one goal from beating the eventual Stanley Cup Champions last year. Through all of that, Kirk Muller was Martin’s lieutenant, and the heir apparent for the job.
In the midst of those two semi-successful seasons, the Canadiens, admirably, allowed Guy Boucher to leave and become head coach in Tampa Bay. He has since flourished in that role.
Muller, anxious for his own chance to head a team after years as an assistant, left in the off-season to coach Milwaukee, Nashville’s farm team, in the AHL. While gone, he was still a candidate if Nashville would let him go.
Two weeks ago, that call came.
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