MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens have appointed Jacques Martin their new head coach.
The team made the announcement in a news release today. He will be officially introduced at an afternoon news conference.
Martin has been the general manager of the Florida Panthers for the past three seasons. He was the coach of the club from 2004 to '08.
Martin, also a former head coach with the St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators, 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.