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04-06-2012, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
Martin kept a team under the salary floor due to injuries in the playoff hunt, with a positive (+5) goal differential and had turned Montreal into the best 5 on 5 team they had been in over a decade. As soon as he was fired the team cratered and never recovered. Sounds like a pretty decent coach to me if he's having that big of an impact versus the baseline of a rookie coach.
He also caused the worst start in what 70 years and was widly disliked by the players. The plus/minus could be easily attributed to him leaning heavily on Price like he did with Halak, this is nothing new. Martin is no coaching genius, if he was there would be multiple offers for him to go elsewhere. We played a heavy trap style game, colour me amazed we had a close plus/minus.

We also had the worst powerplay in the league which he did nothing about. We weren't in the playoff hunt, we were dying just slowly enough to seem like we were. This team was playing like it didn't want to be there and we weren't in the dance.

You can rave about how close we were by looking at stat sheets and standings all you like, the fact is the team was playing awful and our young players were suffering. Martin couldn't communicate and when Muller left you could truly see Martin was in way over his head.

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