Canadiens' coach on hot seat

Unfortunately for Jacques Martin and the Montreal Canadiens, the Columbus Blue Jackets — the current remedy for whatever ails a team in need of a win — don’t visit the Bell Centre until the beginning of December.

The big question entering a critical week for the reeling Habs is will Martin, on a hot seat that is warmer than a freshly steamed hot dog, be around at that point? Will he be behind the Habs’ bench a week from now?

The Canadiens are last in the Eastern Conference after Saturday night’s overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and that makes easy fodder for speculation this week is critical for Martin’s immediate future with the Canadiens. They host the improved Florida Panthers Monday night, the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday and then have a home-and-home with the Bruins.

There was one story out there the next two or three games could decide Martin’s future. That sounds like a bit of a stretch given the cir*****stances.