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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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TreKronor's avatar

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.

Or had Therrien actually pushed them to succeed beyond what they were capable of, and now they’ll come back down to reality?

They’ll probably get a 5 or 6 game boost out of Julien, but will begin to normalize after that.  Just in time for the playoffs!

Posted by TreKronor on 02/17/17 at 09:57 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Or had Therrien actually pushed them to succeed beyond what they were capable of, and now they’ll come back down to reality?

Posted by TreKronor on 02/17/17 at 09:57 AM ET

Price’s performance number have gone down steadily as the season has gone on.  You have to wonder if he maybe wasn’t wringing more out of them even as Price was regressing.

For a team that relied so heavily on Price for so long, I find it weird that now the team is carrying Price more and they oust the coach.

Posted by Primis on 02/17/17 at 11:35 AM ET

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