Various sources today report the Montreal Canadiens have fired head coach Jacques Martin, replacing him with assistant coach Randy Cunneyworth until the end of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I confess to being surprised by this, not because I didn’t think the Habs shouldn’t shake things up behind the bench, but rather I thought GM Pierre Gauthier would stick with Martin for a little while longer to see if the team would snap out of its funk. I also thought they’d cite injuries as a reason to avoid replacing him now. Regardless, Habs fans are likely rejoicing, but it remains to be seen if Cunneyworth will be an improvement. If the Habs do rally and finish strong this season, the job could become his on a full-time basis.