Montreal was the setting of the biggest news in sports this weekend; as the Montreal Canadiens fired Head Coach Jacques Martin. The move came as quite a shock to many people, as General Manager Pierre Gauthier has long been accused of surrounding himself with only his buddies.
Gauthier met with Martin early Saturday morning to break the news to him. Those who would have liked to have been a fly on the wall in that meeting are in luck, as ProSportsBlogging obtained the transcript of that discussion.
Scene: Pierre Gauthier’s office
Jacques Martin enters
JM: You wanted to see me?
PG: Yes Mr. Martin, please have a seat.
Jacques Martin sits down and reclines
PG: Why are you reclining like that?
JM: I always like to sit back, you know that.
PG: I guess. Anyway, there really is no easy way to say this; I am relieving you of your head coaching duties.
Carey Price enters, yells “Cassé!”, and leaves.
JM: I know.
PG: You know? How do you know?
JM: I heard you talking on the phone this morning with Geoff Molson.
PG: You weren’t even here though.
JM: What can I say, I’ve got big ears.
PG: I’m sorry you had to find out that way. But its time to move this struggling team in a new direction.
JM: That’s BS. I’ve won over 600 games and I took this team to the conference finals; if you gave me better players I would get better results.
PG: Mr. Martin, you’re getting too defensive.
JM: Sorry, force of habit.
PG: Someone has to tell the team. Would you like to talk to the players?
JM: Talk to the players? You just fired me. Why would I do something now that I haven’t done all year?
PG: I see your point. I’ll do it.
JM: Just so I’m clear, am I fired or do you need me to do something else for the organization?
PG: To be honest there are no jobs available, unless you want to fix our rodent infestation problem on the 5th floor!
JM: That’s amazing! Would that mean I get to spend my days setting up a trap???
PG: Um…I was joking.
JM: Aw, that’s too bad.
PG: Before you go, I really do want to thank you for your services, you did a great job for this franchise.
JM: I appreciate that, and speaking of thanking people for their services, I should do the same with Mathieu Darche…if you know what I mean!
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.