Friday, May 16, 2008

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
With so much turmoil in NHL front offices and behind the bench, it's amazing that the GM of a team that hasn't made the postseason in eight years is the one locked up for another four.

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.



At 12:50 p.m., May 16, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

This should provide some comfort level to whoever is hired as the coach, since the guy who is hiring him has some level of security.

Speaking of coaching candidates, I just checked that list you made a couple days ago and you didn't mention Doug Maclean, who said he'd love the Panthers gig. Don't know if the feeling is at all mutual, though.

At 3:43 p.m., May 16, 2008, Anonymous Ronnie mac said...

I'm a Flyers fan. But I live in South Florida. I follow the Panthers closely and I want them to win except if they play the Flyers. However, this is not something I believe the fans want. Too many times last year, Martin cost them games by playing so conservative. And he has a little feud going on with Jokinen. With Jokinen being a favorite down here, that doesn't help his cause either. I think the botched trade for Chad Kilger killed his good will here.

At 11:30 p.m., May 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What good things has Martin done since becoming the Panther's GM?

At 12:03 a.m., May 17, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Traded for Vokoun, signed Weiss, Horton and Allen, and dealt Bertuzzi for Shawn Matthias.

He doesn't deserve a four-year extension, however.


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