'The game Martin favours is "more demanding physically" but offers greater chances of moving the puck efficiently out of the defensive zone – which, Martin says, will help Carey Price by reducing the amount of time the Canadiens are playing in their own end.'
Uh-huh. In the first two games, Montreal allowed a total 81 shots, and that against two of the lesser teams in the NHL. The ONLY reason they won, and everyone knows this, was Carey Price, who stopped all but four of those shots.
Another brilliant point HabsInsideOut made during the summer was, "How bad was this team [last year]?"
Answer: Not as bad as this POS team skating in front of us. Corrollary: While I still disagree with the manner in which the team has handled him, Carey Price IS the real deal. Which brings us to my next point...
There's another team that comes to mind when we talk about Jacques Martin and his "system." There, an all-star goaltender toiled in obscurity, facing a barrage of shots, all while his team provided neither offensive nor defensive support. Finally, that goaltender had enough and left.
That was the Florida Panthers while they had Roberto Luongo.
Is this what we have to look forward to under Martin?