By: Adam Gretz
Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin is under fire for the team's brutal start, and while he's not paying any attention to his critics or the people calling for a coaching change, the Montreal front office is making at least one change -- they're going to fire one of the assistants.
The team announced on Wednesday evening, just a little less than an hour before their game against the Philadelphia Flyers, that assistant coach Perry Pearn has been relieved of his duties.
Said general manager Pierre Gauthier, “I want to thank Perry Pearn for his contribution to the Canadiens organization over the past three years. He remains a very knowledgeable coach with a strong work ethic and is a true professional. I offered Perry to remain with the organization in a different role."
It was Pearn's third season with the club. Yes, things are getting desperate. Is this the last act of desperation before a bigger change comes? Who knows, but it's unlikely that Pearn has been the biggest problem -- or any part of the problem -- in Montreal this season. This is the hockey version of a baseball team that's 10 games out of first place in May firing its third base coach.
The Canadiens enter play on Wednesday with a 1-5-2 record, their worst start through eight games in 70 years.