really? we're calling for JM and PG's head before the season already..
Let's see a little optimism..
JM has been to 4 playoff rounds in the last 2 years which is probably exceeding expectations.. I'm not sure why we need to doubt him at this point.. which is what this thread is doing whether it's your intention or not.
How good does it need to get this season to give PG and JM 3 year contract extensions? What is the likely-hood we can entrench them in their positions?
Reasonable question. The average tenure for an NHL coach is 2.3 years and Martin's starting his third season.
IMO as I wrote elsewhere the question is can we score enough goals. Fans will accept a defensive system if it delivers wins. But if the Habs are below .500 at XMAS while guys like Ribeiro, Grabovski, S Kostitsyn, Latendresse and yes even Pouliot are putting up better offensive numbers than many/most of our guys, the city will call for an overhaul of the Habs' system and culture and PG and Martin will be under fire for sure. But my hope is we win the cup and JM gets the JA.
never say never, but I think it's safe to say that there is almost no chance that either loses their job this season.
the only way this team completely implodes (finishing with a lottery pick), is if there is a rash of serious injuries, and in that case it would be unlikely to see PG scapegoating Martin for that, or for Molson to pull the plug on PG.
if the team struggles badly and misses the playoffs, then I do think there would be potential changes made in the offseason, but in-season... not likely
I think people are jumping to conclusions based on their prejudices and actually want the Habs to s(t)ink. Jacques Martin has a history of seeing to it that his teams make the playoffs rather than settle for a top 10 draft pick. He's the only coach in many years to shepherd the Habs to the ECF. If the outlook looks uncertain because players underperform or are injured, Gauthier will make trades to put the Habs back in the race. Does that disappoint you doubters?
JM could lose the dressing room and get canned; it's what happened to Carbo (1st in the east in April, to 2nd in the east the following Christmas, to canned in February), but there is no way Goat's going anywhere.
Some serious external factors would have to impact the team for that scenario to happen, so Goat might still be safe (the team he's assembled is still a good team in theory). I do agree that Martin would be gone though. Firing the coach is usually one of the first things GMs fall back on to try and right a sinking ship.
Sure he brought the team into the playoffs every year, well the past two years, but I don't think he's the type of coach I want re-signed. If he only signed 2 years I could see PG re-signing him at the end of this season. If he signed for 4 years originally I think he would be done after next year, assuming he doesn't get canned.