Since his time as an iconic NHL player, Martin St-Louis has remained a well-known figure in the hockey world, but his transition from the ice to the coaching bench hasn’t been without blemishes… and head scratches . …
Recently, his participation in a Hydro-Québec advertisement, for which he received $250,000, sparked criticism, especially because these funds come from taxpayers’ taxes.
Hydro-Québec Announcement: More than $250,000 paid to Martin St-Louis? → https://t.co/VJLrM4jcnJ
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) November 21, 2023
Additionally, with an annual salary of $3 million as an NHL coach, some voices have been raised to question his performance behind the bench. Let’s say… it’s difficult…
The numbers are often revealing and, in the case of St. Louis, highlight a reality that is difficult to ignore. His performance as a coach did not live up to expectations.
This is where the CH is on their week off! 👀 pic.twitter.com/FOkEGEutv8
—Hockey 360 (@hockey360) January 29, 2024
Despite the financial investment and hopes placed on him, his results are below league standards. It is difficult not to recognize that his performance does not live up to his exorbitant salary.
One wonders why he accepted a quarter of a million dollars from Hydro-Québec. When he pocketed more than $61 million as a player. And almost $40 million in additional real estate assets and investments.
Especially because he never agreed to let Arber Xhekaj “star” in a BURGER commercial. Two peas two measures.
Arber Xhekaj linked to PK Subban scandal 👇👀🥵https://t.co/uRyA90cKe3
– hockey30.com (@HOCKEY30_com) January 29, 2024
Some might argue that team performance is influenced by several factors, and they would be right. After all, we are rebuilding.
The evaluation of a coach should not only be based on raw statistics, but also on his ability to develop players, develop a system and manage complex game situations. However, even taking these elements into account, St-Louis’ results remain disappointing.
The arrival of Montembeault to the team may have alleviated some criticism towards St-Louis, but it should not hide all the observed deficiencies. The performance of a single player should not be the determining factor when judging the effectiveness of a coach.
It’s time to face an undeniable reality: Martin St-Louis is not yet up to the job of coaching in the NHL. This in no way diminishes his past contribution as a player, but rather he simply recognizes that not all great players are great coaches.
It is crucial to make objective decisions based on performance and tangible results. To succeed as a coach you need more than fame and a glorious past as a player.
Although Martin St-Louis remains a respected figure in the hockey world, his career as an NHL coach has not lived up to expectations. The numbers don’t lie and it is time to recognize this reality and consider next steps with objectivity and discernment.
If we’re being honest, St-Louis doesn’t deserve a contract extension when his contract ends in the summer of 2025.
In the worst case scenario, he could become a spokesperson for Hydro-Québec…