The Montreal perspective

From Stephen Brunt of the Globe & Mail: What Martin gives you is a system, a sense of order, a chance to win most nights, even against more talented opposition. What he doesn’t give you is anything to set hearts aflutter. His hiring, then, offers a pretty clear sense of Gainey’s thinking right now, in […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Montreal Canadiens on June 1, 2009

On the Beat: Pens down 2-0 but not same as last year and Jacques Martin reaction

Stanley Cup Final Deadline deals from the past two seasons have helped the two Cup finalists, writes Dan Wood.  Good points by Wood.  These deals weren’t “major” but added the necessary ingredients to already established teams. The Wings may be up 2-0, but the stats have not been tilted in Detroit’s favor as much as […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlanta Thrashers,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Florida Panthers,Montreal Canadiens,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins on June 1, 2009

Jacques Martin to be named next coach of Canadiens

From TSN: The Montreal Canadiens will hold a news conference this afternoon at 2pm et when the club will introduce Jacques Martin as their new head coach. Montreal will be Martin’s third NHL stop as head coach after working for the Ottawa Senators and holding the head coach and general manager positions for the Florida Panthers. Read […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Montreal Canadiens on June 1, 2009

Martin on way out of Florida and to Montreal?

From Sportsnet (Hat tip to Eric McErlain): Sportsnet has learned Jacques Martin has been negotiating a potential buy-out with the Florida Panthers and that the Montreal Canadiens are very interested in hiring him as their next head coach. Sources say Martin has multiple years left on his contract, but is willing to leave some money on the table […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Florida Panthers,Montreal Canadiens on June 1, 2009

On the Beat: Dater says Pierre Lacroix “gambled and lost”

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Playoff teams: Pittsburgh could be two-sport champions if the Penguins win the Cup.  The Steel city is enjoying some great success as of late. Teams not in the playoffs: The Bruins ownership wants to get Peter Chiarellin signed to a contract extension this summer.  He has done a […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Columbus Blue Jackets,Edmonton Oilers,Montreal Canadiens,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins,Toronto Maple Leafs,Washington Capitals on May 27, 2009

On the Beat: Looking into your Cristobal

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Playoff teams: All three of Erik Cole, Scott Walker and Tuomo Ruutu missed practice today.  Don’t worry Caniacs, all three are expected to play tomorrow. Tim Sassone has some concerns about Cristobal Huet being the Hawks’ starting netminder next season.  Huet certainly didn’t inspire confidence with yesterday’s […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Montreal Canadiens,New York Islanders,On the Beat on May 25, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): Caps have nothing but praise for Varlamov, Sidney Crosby is the hero, again, Where is Pavel Datsyuk?, Patrick Kane understands Savard firing, Radulov back to Nashville, Mike Keenan on the hot seat in Calgary?,

2nd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Bruins attempt to finish the rally tonight.  Net worth in game 7 as goalie‘s are key factors to winning the series.  Claude Julien reiterated yesterday that Marc Savard will be able to play in Game 7 tonight.  As last night’s Illegal Curve […]

Posted by David Minuk in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Colorado Avalanche,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Edmonton Oilers,Montreal Canadiens,Nashville Predators,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Rumors,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,Teams,Toronto Maple Leafs,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on May 14, 2009