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Is Therrien Sending The Right Message?

from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

Michel Therrien’s explanation for benching his leading scorer for most of the third period in a game the Canadiens trailed by two goals:
“Team concept is very important.
“That will never, never, never change.”
Three “never”s.
Very emphatic.
Let’s see if we can top the kindly old coach:
The Canadiens will never, never, never, never make the playoffs if Therrien screws up P.K. Subban.

And the coach was not content with benching the Canadiens’ best player.

Down two goals late, Therrien did not bother pulling goaltender Peter Budaj.

What message does that send to his team?

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Hootinani's avatar

Can’t remember which coach it was, maybe Lemaire, that said he didnt see the need to pull his goalie if his team didnt play well enough to deserve the win anyway.  Thats paraphrasing obviously, but the sentiment was the same.

I do agree, however, that constantly using Subban as the scapegoat is going to get old fast.

Posted by Hootinani on 01/09/14 at 12:34 PM ET

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subban deserves the criticism he gets in most cases.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/09/14 at 01:24 PM ET

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Can’t remember which coach it was, maybe Lemaire, that said he didnt see the need to pull his goalie if his team didnt play well enough to deserve the win anyway.

That was Therrien in Montreal in his first tour of duty.

Posted by larry on 01/09/14 at 08:20 PM ET

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I disagree with this idea coming out of Montreal that PK Subban should be praised with kisses and showered with ice time no matter what he does.

When Therrien was this tough on Letang, he didn’t used to make nearly as many errors as he does now. I wish Dan Bylsma had sat his ass for a period against the Islanders after the 9th time he was caught out of position.

Posted by larry on 01/09/14 at 08:24 PM ET

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