I don't think that it is good news for the Leafs at all, Martin is a good coach.
Agreed. Not the best one out there, but a coach that has a system in place. This is at the least bit good news for Carey Price.
The only concern I'd have if I'm Montreal is that will the players buy into him ? Montreal players needed to be babysit the whole time under the Carboneau regime and the coach lost his voice. Martin needs to show some leadership here. Overall, a very good option for the Canadiens under the circumstances, because they needed a francophone coach.
Jacques Martin has had a lot of regular season success in his career. He has been a top notch NHL coach. His teams tend to be dull, even-tempered and leave no secrets for playoff time. Expect Montreal to become a good defensive team, expect the Kostistyn brothers to want out (may happen before Martin coaches them) and expect young prospects who can cut it to develop realistic roles under his system where they can succeed.
He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.
Good regular season coach. When we get back to the playoffs and finally inevitably eventually match up with the Habs (long time coming, one of these years we'll meet)... well, I believe we're familiar with Martins record against the Leafs in the playoffs.
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