CANADIENS FIRE MARTIN; CUNNEYWORTH NAMED INTERIM HEAD COACH
Jacques Martin has paid the price for the Montreal Canadiens’ poor season.
The Canadiens fired their head coach, announcing assistant Randy Cunneyworth will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Larry Carriere, Montreal’s assistant general manager, will become an assistant coach.
The Canadiens (13-12-7) are last in the Northeast Division.
Martin was in his third season with the Habs and 17th in the NHL. He reached his 600th NHL career victory last April making him the ninth winningest coach in league history.
Martin is known for team play and careful defensive hockey, but there were many careless mistakes made in games this season. The Canadiens are 5-6-6 at home, often blowing leads in the third period.
“What system is in place doesn’t matter if everyone buys in and plays the right way,” said defenceman Josh Gorges. “If you only have half the guys doing what’s asked of them, everything is in disarray and I think that’s where we got to.