Kirk Muller gone the real reason for the downfall.
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04-03-2012, 12:13 AM
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It seems crystal clear that Kirk Muller was the real 'coach' on the canadiens bench these past seasons. He was still receiving orders from Martin but he was the one dealing with giving them to the players and he was the strong point for the players and the guy to go to with any questions they had.
So when the season started and everything was going wrong, they knew it was because Perry Pearn couldn't really replace Kirk, so they fired him. When they brought in Ladouceur things started to get a little better but only to get worst afterwards. The reason? Jacques Martin didn't have all the guts to do the talking and coaching to the players himself and that's why Martin/Muller had success. Martin is a brillant hockey mind but he gives no inspiration to the players.
So they fired him and replaced Martin with Cunneyworth. They probably thought that Cunneyworth was a much better communicator than Martin and they were right. But the problem is the he lacks experience in the NHL as a coach and certainly has issues with playing systems in the D zone particularly but also in the offensive zone and the PP.
The reality is that Muller was too good for just an assistant position and that Martin was too weak in communicating with the players. Yes the team made some bad changes throughout the year and managing lacked flair but the starting point of all that was breaking the Martin/Muller system and now it has to be replaced by something more or at least as good.
Even if Muller is such a huge reason for the demise, he had a glass ceiling in montreal where he could only be interim head coach at best. He was bound to move on. That's just the reality of this market, unfortunately.
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