Montreal Canadiens to announce Jacques Martin as new head coach

The Montreal Canadiens are set to introduce Jacques Martin as their new head coach.

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens are set to introduce Jacques Martin as their new head coach.

Several websites, including cyberpresse.ca, sportsnet.ca and tsn.ca. are reporting that general manager Bob Gainey has tapped his counterpart with the Florida Panthers for the vacant job.

The hockey club has called a news conference for 2 p.m. at the Bell Centre.

Martin, a former head coach with the St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators and Panthers, has a career record of 517 wins, 406 losses and 119 ties for a .551 winning percentage.

Martin, 56, won the Jack Adams Trophy, awarded to the coach of the year, in 1999.

It isn’t known if the Canadiens will have to compensate the Panthers as Martin is in a multi-year deal with Florida through 2011-12.

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