Habs GM deserves boot, not well-respected coach

Pierre Gauthier proved Saturday he’ll do anything to save his own butt.

Rather than shoulder the responsibility for a season that’s gone terribly wrong and make deals, the Montreal Canadiens sent coach Jacques Martin packing and replaced him with former Senators captain Randy Cunneyworth.

With the Habs struggling as they prepared to face the New Jersey Devils Saturday night at the Bell Centre, Martin joined what’s become a long list of unemployed bench bosses when he was given his walking papers by Gauthier in the morning.

Though Gauthier is the architect of this mess, he continues to do just about anything to lay the blame elsewhere. First, it was assistant coach Perry Pearn. Now, it’s the well-respected Martin who has been left looking for work.

The question is: Will this help and get Montreal to the playoffs? If it doesn’t, you can be certain Gauthier will be the next one looking for work.

Nobody is thrilled with the job he’s done and sooner or later the buck will stop at his office.

The wrong man lost his job, but you have to think at some point or another they’ll come to their senses in Montreal and show Gauthier the door.