Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/03/10 at 11:19 AM ET
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Michel Therrien wasn’t a perfect NHL coach, but he should rank atop the list of any in-season replacement candidates.
There is no indication he does, though. It’s puzzling, considering even his harshest critics among former Penguins players privately confided this week that Therrien knows hockey. To paraphrase one of his former players: Therrien knows pucks, but he doesn’t always know how to deal with people….
He would command respect again if given a chance to step behind a bench.
Reports of potential openings with New Jersey — despite general manager Lou Lamoriello’s claims to the contrary — and Buffalo should excite Therrien. He is still being paid by the Penguins and can often be found at Consol Energy Center serving as a first-year pro scout for Minnesota.
Lamoriello has long been a presumed fan of Therrien, of whom he spoke in complimentary terms to the Tribune-Review in May 2008 by praising the former Pens coach for his commitment and patience in helping change the franchise’s “culture.”
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