The Penguins announced Friday the hiring of former Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin as an assistant coach. Martin is noted for his rigid defensive systems an aspect of the game that seems to have eluded the freewheeling Penguins under head coach Dan Bylsma.
Martin was head coach of the Canadiens for 2 ½ seasons. In one of former GM Pierre Gauthier’s panic moves, he was fired in mid December 2011 after the Habs struggled to a 13-12-7 start to the season. His successor, Randy Cunneyworth finished the season with the team dropping to the cellar of the Eastern Conference.
Prior to that Martin led the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference in 2010 and took the eventual Stanley Cup winning Bruins to overtime in game seven of the first round of the 2011 playoffs.