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Canadiens tap Martin as head coach

Updated: June 1, 2009, 6:49 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Jacques Martin was ready to go. After all, the Montreal Canadiens were calling.

He was hired as the Canadiens' coach Monday, leaving his job as Florida Panthers general manager for a storied NHL franchise that was swept in the first round of the playoffs.

Martin, introduced at Bell Centre news conference, said his fourth NHL coaching job was a "tremendous opportunity."

"When you look at the players who are in the organization, there is a strong nucleus, a strong ...

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