Several names have come and gone so far in the Carolina Hurricanes head coach search. So far, no names have stayed around for longer than a day or two. That might change now with the news that the Carolina Hurricanes have, reportedly, interviewed another man for the job.
Per Louis Jean of TVA Sports, the Carolina Hurricanes interviewed Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Jacques Martin for their vacant head coach job on Tuesday.
Most recently, Martin was a head coach with the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011-2012 season. He was fired 32 games into that season. He started his head coaching career in the 1980’s with the St. Louis Blues. He then went on to coach the Ottawa Senators for nine seasons (1995-2004). He won the Jack Adams award in 1999. He then coached Florida from 2005 through 2008 and Montreal from 2009 to 2012.
Jacques Martin was also an associate coach for the Canadian Men’s Hockey Olympic team in 2002 and 2006. Canada won the gold medal in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Out of all the Carolina Hurricanes head coach candidates, it will be hard to find one more experienced than Jacques Martin. With 1,294 games and 613 wins, he ranks in the top-10 in both of those categories in the NHL record books.
After one season as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jacques Martin will likely be searching for a head coaching job once again, and it could be with the Carolina Hurricanes.
It’s hard to argue that Jacques Martin isn’t a good candidate for the job. He is surely the most qualified and experienced candidate we’ve seen thus far.
That being said, Jacques Martin has had his fair share of ugly moments in the NHL, including being accused of favoritism in the Montreal Canadiens locker room and playing totally unqualified players on the Habs’ power play just under ten games into the 2011-2012 season prior to him being fired on December 17, 2011.