Martin St-Louis signed a three-year contract extension and officially became the Montreal Canadiens head coach permanently cement that binds the two parties is valid until the end of the 2024-2025 campaign. “It is a great honor for me to have signed this contract to manage the Canadiens,” said St-Louis, raising the curtain on his press conference with the media.
“We are pleased that Martin will officially become the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens,” general manager Kent Hughes, who was not present at the conference, said in a news release. Martin has undeniable leadership qualities as well as being an excellent communicator and hockey enthusiast. He has very deep training and knowledge of our sport.
His arrival at the helm of the team has breathed new energy into our group and we are excited that he will continue to guide our team for years to come.”
The 46-year-old former player is therefore the 32nd starting instructor in the club’s history, the one who replaced Dominique Ducharme on February 9. Having initially taken over the roster on an interim basis, he went 14-19-4. The Habs finished the regular season in last place overall in the National Hockey League.
“It gives me time and opportunity to build something, and then it doesn’t happen overnight,” St-Louis added. But I think we have a little bit of wind in our sails like we did in the last two or three months last year. We will not start from scratch. It is to continue, step by step, to advance.
“Since taking the helm of the team, Martin has shown that he has the qualities required to lead the Canadiens in the direction we want to go,” Jeff Gorton, vice president of hockey operations, also absent, said in a news release. of the conference. Despite the difficult conditions that prevailed on his debut, he managed to bring a breath of fresh air into the dressing room and the players benefited from it both individually and collectively. Martin is a great hockey head and we think he is the right person to do the job.”
Many had been waiting for weeks for the confirmation of the San Luis pact. On Tuesday, Hughes had mentioned at a news conference that he planned to solve the case in the coming days, which he did the following day.
The club’s fans want the former No. 26 for the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers, among others, to be able to guide their men, especially the younger ones, to greater success. Also, his arrival in Montreal coincided with increased production from striker Cole Caufield, who had struggled in the first half of the season.
“I think it’s to continue building the culture, then how we want to play. Giving young players confidence, giving them a chance, a platform to further develop. I think that if we [se concentre] in the process, success will be a [effet secondaire]. You have to be careful, especially when you have a young team, of course, winning is very important, but we want to build something, that we are going to be a team that will be successful, year after year. Sometimes it takes a little time to build.
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