Thread: Confirmed with Link: Jacques Martin FIRED!
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12-17-2011, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Kimota View Post
You know with all the talks with Martin sticking to his vid, he gave pretty of ice to DD, he gave him that spot on the first line.
The sticking with his veterans is a mis-interpretation in my opinion. Martin is very conservative, he sticks with the guys he trusts once they've earned it. You see it in Desharnais, Subban, Eller and Pacioretty, once a young guy shows he can consistently play well (not just have a hot streak) he sticks with them, sometimes giving them very difficult circumstances. Or how Kostitsyn now gets regular work after he started seriously back-checking about mid-way through last season.

And its not just young players. He didn't think much of Cole's powerplay abilities, which is an entirely justified opinion based on his body of work in Carolina, but Cole showed he does well in Montreal's PP so he's a regular. So it isn't so much Martin doesn't like playing youngsters but he's slow to trust. Which is a weakness, but not the weakness that is attributed to him.

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