New Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth – interim or longer – at his Bell Centre news conference at noon-hour Saturday.
John Kenney, Gazette
“11th place is what went wrong. It’s definitely a shared responsibility.”
– Mike Cammalleri
“We didn’t play well …” – Josh Gorges
“It’s a wake-up call and an opportunity to turn things around …” – Chris Campoli
“It’s the old story: easier to change the coach than change the players …” – Lars Eller
“Too often, even when getting points, our ewvaluation of games revealed we didn’t play well ..” – Pierre Gauthier
“We have to get back to doing things the players are capable of …” – Randy Cunneyworth
• ARCHIVED AUDIO: Jacques Martin, from Nov. 18, 2011 1-on-1 with HIO’s Dave Stubbs
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As we broke the news on Twitter at 9:50 a.m., the Canadiens fired head coach Jacques Martin this morning, replacing him through the end of this season with assistant coach Randy Cunneyworth.
Players were informed by GM Pierre Gauthier upon arriving at morning skate at the Bell Centre. Gauthier and Cunneyworth will speak to the media at the Bell at noon ET.
Assistant GM Larry Carrière will become an assistant coach, also through the end of the year.
• Martin notes: Became the Canadiens head coach on June 1, 2009… Was nominated for the Jack Adams Award four times, winning it in 1998-99… Ranks 7th in league history with 1,294 games as a head coach and 9th for wins (613)… Coached his 1,200th NHL game on Nov. 20 against the Toronto Maple Leafs… Recorded his 600th NHL career win on April 9 against the Maple Leafs at Toronto… Has a career winning-record of 613-481-119-81 (.551)… Displays a 22-34-6 (.403) career record as head coach against the Devils.