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Did The Players Want Michel Therrien Out?

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

I’ll throw out another query at you. Did the players give up on Therrien? Is that what happened? Is that why the kindly ol’ coach was fired even though his record during the past five years was 194-121-37 and his team was still sitting in the No. 1 spot in the NHL’s Atlantic Division?

If the Habs players did indeed stop playing for their coach, then maybe all is right in the world for Canadiens fans and, beginning Saturday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets, Nos Glorieux will go right back to their winning ways. But if in fact they didn’t give up, if au contraire they were still giving their 110 per cent for Mike T, then we — meaning Marc Bergevin, Julien, and all of us who care about the team — have a problem on our hands.

Because no players got fired this week — sadly enough. Phillip Danault is still your No. 1 centre — or maybe the No. 2 guy down the middle if the new bench boss decides Alex Galchenyuk gets the top-centre gig. Andrew Shaw presumably hasn’t become a smarter hockey player since Tuesday.

So which scenario is it? Were they throwing games to oust the coach or are they simply a not-very-good team? I know, neither scenario is particularly great.

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The Right Move In Montreal

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

If it were true that nice guys finish last, Claude Julien wouldn’t stand a chance in the cutthroat world of big-time hockey.

Mercifully, Leo Durocher’s old saw doesn’t always apply —at least not to Julien. The man is one of the most respected coaches in the National Hockey League, a hockey lifer with a Stanley Cup championship on his resumé, a winner who doesn’t have an arrogant bone in his body.

I thought that after 10 years dealing with the stress in Boston, Julien deserved a few months’ worth of beach time before he took another job. Obviously, he begged to differ. He’s ready to go to work and this old columnist, for one, couldn’t be happier.

I’ve dealt with every Canadiens coach since Pat Burns and to me, Julien and Alain Vigneault are numbers 1A and 1B when it comes to honesty, decency and character. In my world, character matters. Julien has character. He’s the real deal, salt of the earth, a standup guy, whatever you want to call him.

Julien is not a screamer and he won’t use Michel Therrien’s heavy-handed sarcasm to motivate a player. He’s honest, he lets his players know where they stand, he gets the job done.


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Michel Therrien Fired, Claude Julien Hired

MONTREAL (February 14, 2017) - Montreal Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin announced Tuesday the appointment of Claude Julien as the Club's new head coach. Michel Therrien has been relieved of his duties.

"I would like to sincerely thank Michel for his relentless work with the Montreal Canadiens over his eight seasons behind the bench, including the last five seasons when we worked together. The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a difficult one because I have lots of respect for him. I came to the conclusion that our team needed a new energy, a new voice, a new direction. Claude Julien is an experienced and well respected coach with a good knowledge of the Montreal market. Claude has been very successful as an NHL coach and he won the Stanley Cup. Today we hired the best available coach, and one of the league's best. I am convinced that he has the capabilities to get our team back on the winning track," said Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin.

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The NHL On Wes McCauley’s Call

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

I was curious the morning after if the NHL would share everyone else's enthusiasm with McCauley's emotional call, complete with his "put up your dukes" gesture. I mean, the days of NHL on-ice officials showing a lot of flair or personality or individualism appear to be long gone. No one is suggesting the guys in stripes should become the show, but there's no reason they can't genuinely contribute to it either.

So it was gratifying to hear NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom say he had no issue with it, since McCauley's call was an accurate and true reflection of who he is and how he officiates a game. He has a passion and a feel for it; that's who Wes McCauley is.

More importantly, at least in terms of the "put up your dukes" fight signal, McCauley was actually following a directive from his superior.

"I loved that part because I used to do that and I've been telling the guys if they're signalling a fight, use it," Walkom said. "The funny thing is there has never been an actual signal for fighting in the NHL. We have always had an official signal for every other infraction but we have never had one for fighting.


If you haven't seen it, you can watch McCauley's call below...

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Video- You Are Responsible For Your Stick Alex Galchenyuk

Four minutes for high-sticking.


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Should Michel Therrien Be On The Hot Seat?

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

It’s hard to imagine Michel Therrien dodging this bullet.

His Montreal Canadiens, who have been playing with a relatively healthy lineup for the first time in months, have now lost six of their last seven games—including a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday....

Bergevin may not fire Therrien immediately, but if the team doesn’t pull a complete 180 out of the bye week, you have to think he’s as good as gone. Without a single player on the injured reserve list, and with the team coming off much-needed rest, there won’t be an excuse for Therrien to fall back on.

You also have to think Bergevin is going spring into action on the trade market to shock his team back to life. The GM has been reluctant to sacrifice futures for big pieces in the past, but the team’s window to win will be harder to keep open once Price’s contract—which carries a manageable $6.5 million cap hit through 2017-18—expires.

His time to strike is now, but we’re three weeks ahead of the NHL’s trade deadline and we’ve yet to see a head-turning deal made. Meanwhile, four long-tenured coaches in Florida’s Gerard Gallant, the Islanders’ Jack Capuano, St. Louis’ Ken Hitchcock and Boston’s Claude Julien have all been shown the door.


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Video- Al Montoya Is A Candidate For Bad Goal Of The Night

Montoya losses and edge and...


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Video- The Hole In The Dasher Board

Follow along...


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Montreal Acquires Nikita Nesterov From Tampa Bay

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Habs Need Help Up The Middle

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

So the Canadiens need help if they want to do some damage in the post-season. The big trade talking points this week are Martin Hanzal and Matt Duchene. Both are apparently available and there’s no question either of them would most definitely make the Habs a better team....

If you take off your rose-coloured glasses for a second, you’d have to admit he’s an upgrade on Tomas Plekanec who may be in our good books at the moment because he scored a shorthanded goal against Calgary on Tuesday but is, sadly, but a shadow of his former self. Worse, he simply cannot compete in the playoffs any more and I don’t know about you but I like the idea of a centre with a bit of size (and skill) for our post-season run.

Duchene looks even better than Hanzal. He has 15 goals and 29 points so far this season and he put 30 pucks in the net last season. The million-dollar question is – what is Avs boss Joe Sakic gonna be asking in returning for his hot centre? Many actually believe it’s not such a big deal to lose McCarron ‘cause he really hasn’t proven he can make it in the big leagues. But are you willing to give up D star-of-the-future Mikhail Sergachev in return for a centre who can give you 30 goals right now?


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