Former Florida Panthers GM Jacques Martin will coach the Montreal Canadiens going into the 2009-2010 season. Bob Gainey made the announcement yesterday to a packed house, confirming also that goaltending coach Rollie Melanson would not be returning.
I personally have mixed feelings about the hiring but one thing that all Habs fans can agree on is that the 1,000+ games of coaching experience Martin has certainly can’t hurt. As a coach he is known for sound (if not overly exciting) defensive hockey, something our team proved is entirely lacking during the second half of last season.
Martin has a coaching staff to apoint and Gainey has many roster holes to fill so stay tuned for a busy summer!