Round one of the “Official Revamping Of The Montreal Canadiens” has taken place with Bob Gainey’s announcement of the hiring of Jacques Martin as coach of the Habs and the releasing of goaltender coach Rollie Melanson. That’s round one. Now, only about ten rounds are left to go.
There’s also talk that Mario Tremblay will become an assistant coach. So, with Martin and Tremblay behind the bench, and with several Stanley Cup victories now coming up in the next few years, this assures that Patrick Roy will not be joining the Canadiens any time soon. And with a new goalie coach yet to be named, this means that Carey Price will regain his form and stand on his head on the way to the aforementioned Stanley Cup victories.
Martin hails from St. Pascal, Ontario, a small village located southeast of Ottawa heading towards Montreal, so he’s basically a Montreal boy, sort of. When he coached the Ottawa Senators, you could also say he was basically an Ottawa boy. When he was in Florida, you could say he was some English/French Canadian guy from some godforsaken place way up north who coached and ran the local hockey team.
And yes, Martin has won very little in his NHL career except for a Coach of the Year title, but there’s no need to be hard on the guy. That can wait until the end of October. For now, let’s be excited at the prospects of a new face behind the bench. And it should be a piece of cake for him. All he’s got to do is win the Stanley Cup in his first year. Once he’s done that, we’ll all love him.
But if he doesn’t do that, he may just retire to St. Pascal and open a barber shop.