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10:42 AM ET 12.17 | Montreal Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin has been relieved of his duties, the team announced this morning. Randy Cunneyworth is named interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens until the end of the season. And Larry Carrire becomes assistant coach, the team's site said. Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier is expected meet the media after the team morning skate Saturday.

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December 17, 2011  10:48 AM ET

And the coaching turnstile continues to turn in Montreal. Which former coach is coming in now?? Isn't time to get some new blood. We are all very tired of the recycled coaches.

December 17, 2011  10:57 AM ET

HAHAHAHA - I don't know anybody is happier than Stranger right about now.

An early Christmas present?

December 17, 2011  10:57 AM ET

Is Kirk Muller available?

December 17, 2011  11:02 AM ET
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Is Kirk Muller available?

Sadly no and it's another reason Goathier should be next.

December 17, 2011  11:30 AM ET

So they fired Martin just after Muller got a NHL job...you couldn't write this stuff up any funnier if you tried. And in other news...Gomez has suffered a setback in practice and does not have a definate return date to lead the Habs out of the wilderness...in yet more news...Markov's return is ....well, no one seems to know.
Finally, Kaberle continues to have multiple point games and improve the Habs PP.
Strangers in the Night...da da da da dum...

December 17, 2011  11:34 AM ET

I would have fired the GM first. I would think he is more responsible for their doldrums right now than the coach.

December 17, 2011  11:41 AM ET

Did it a week or so too late. They will miss Muller.

December 17, 2011  11:42 AM ET

Muller during his entire time in Montreal was in charge of special teams.

Coaching has it's greatest impact on special teams.

During Muller's time as assistant, the Habs ranked 1st, 1st, 13th, 2nd, and 7th in the powerplay. They are currently 28th.

December 17, 2011  11:43 AM ET

When are the Leafs gonna fire Wilson. The penalty kill is too pathetic!

December 17, 2011  11:49 AM ET
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When are the Leafs gonna fire Wilson. The penalty kill is too pathetic!

Sorry Mr. Simpson, they're still talking about an extention. lol

Please Burkie do it now.

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December 17, 2011  12:30 PM ET
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HAHAHAHA - I don't know anybody is happier than Stranger right about now.An early Christmas present?

Yes Stranger there is a Santa...

December 17, 2011  12:32 PM ET

Sorry Mr. Gauthier, Scottys' taking a nap. Can I take a message?

December 17, 2011  12:34 PM ET
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I would have fired the GM first. I would think he is more responsible for their doldrums right now than the coach.

Gauthier should be gone but GMs rarely get fired in mid season. His time is coming though.

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December 17, 2011  12:36 PM ET
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Muller during his entire time in Montreal was in charge of special teams.Coaching has it's greatest impact on special teams.During Muller's time as assistant, the Habs ranked 1st, 1st, 13th, 2nd, and 7th in the powerplay. They are currently 28th.

Numbers don't lie. Big mistake by the Canadiens letting Muller get away.

December 17, 2011  01:31 PM ET
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Optimus Reim got lit up again too....but yeah no blame on him..

I've tried explaining to Leaf fans that just because he's from Manitoba doesn't mean he's the second coming of Terry Sawchuk...or Ed Belfour or Turk Broda or Ron Hextall for that matter.

December 17, 2011  01:48 PM ET
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Last night was more a matter of the refs being dickwads. Not that it's any excuse. I just don't see an easy fix here anywhere.

The Leafs added too many dumb penalties that they can't kill so it's on them. Reimer still looks rusty and not game breaking...I am fed up with Wilson and the PK. I fear Burke will extend him.
Gawd.

 
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