Panthers sign up Martin until 2012
The Florida Panthers announced today that Jacques Martin has reached an agreement to remain with the team as the club’s general manager through the 2011-2012 season.
Martin, 55, joined the Florida Panthers organization in May of 2004 as the club’s head coach, before assuming the duties of the club’s general manager on Sept. 3, 2006.>> team release
I think Martin's done a decent job as GM in Florida, where the franchise was a complete mess in the wake of the Todd Bertuzzi deal. Where he didn't fare so well was as coach, as the Panthers underperformed given the talent on the roster (although they did finish among the league leaders in man games lost).
With young stars like Jay Bouwmeester and Nathan Horton, there's a lot to work with for whoever comes in as coach, and I think Florida could be the surprise team of 2008-09 under the right scenario. They're going to need to improve for Bouwmeester to re-sign with the team after six playoff-less years.
In any event, I can't get too worked up about this one. I believe Mike Keenan had a long-term contract as GM in Florida, too.