The axe has fallen once again on an NHL coach. Saturday morning, the Montreal Canadians fired coach Jacques Martin. The Canadians currently sit last in the Northeast Division, including having posted a mere 5-6-6 record at home, once known as a fortress for Montreal hockey.
Martin was in his 3rd season coaching the Habs and 17th season overall.
His philosophies usually revolved around a defensive system, which makes the current season more disappointing. The move comes as a surprise for some. Montreal started the year with just 1 win in their first 8 games, making that an ideal time for a coaching change. Of late they’ve played better than .500 hockey, but just have not found a consistency that owners and fans expected.
Martin will be replaced by Randy Cunneyworth, an assistant under Martin, on an interim basis for the remainder of the year.