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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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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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Afternoon Line- Dale Weise On Michel Therrien

“I hear a lot of bad things about Michel Therrien, obviously, being a fan of Montreal I still read some of the stuff and see it on TV. That’s really disappointing to hear because I have nothing but good things to say about him. From a guy like me, I had to grind and fight my way to get into the league and when I got there he could have just thought that about me and never gave me an opportunity. But from the day I got there, he said: ‘You know what, this is a good opportunity for you. Show me what you can do. I’m not looking into your past, I want to see what you can do in the future. We believe in you.’ So just from a personal standpoint, obviously, I have wonderful things to say about Michel Therrien.

-Dale Weise of the Philadelphia Flyers on Montreal head coach Michel Therrien.  Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette has more from Weise.

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Videos- Shea Weber On Playing For The Canadiens And Michel Therrien On The Trade

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Shea Weber describes the feeling of putting the Canadiens jersey on for the first time, is not worried about replacing P.K. Subban, and says he’s so excited to play in front of the Montreal fans every night.




Canadiens head coach discusses the Subban for Weber trade, saying there were no issues with P.K., but in the end, you can't pass on the chance to land Shea.

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Rifts between Subban, Canadiens had been building

From an article titled, "Canada might be the loser on seismic NHL day," by the Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur:

It was the Canadiens who registered the most seismic day, though. In Montreal, it’s been an open secret that coach Michel Therrien never meshed with Subban. He would tell people that he believed he could never win a Cup with P.K., and the snubs — some ice-time battles, the triple high-five controversy, giving the captaincy to Max Pacioretty, the way teammates voted for Pacioretty over Subban for the community-minded King Clancy award this year — piled up. GM Marc Bergevin is said to be very close to Therrien; they are not just colleagues, but great friends, down to their families. Bergevin wanted to go to arbitration rather than pay Subban, but was overruled by the owner. Not this time, though.

“Too much personality,” a former Canadiens teammate said. “Saw it firsthand. They hated how much fun he had. The fact that he never sulked and pouted, win or lose, just bugged them, I guess. It made no sense to me, either.”

“I think it was blown out of proportion because of Montreal, the market we’re in,” Bergevin said. “We always look to make a story where there isn’t any. Yes, P.K.’s different, we’re not going to hide that, but there was never an issue, never a problem. I fought with my teammates in practice. It happens all the time.”

Not many believed him.


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Not Happy With Michel Therrien? How About These Two Coaching Candidates

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

If I’m Bergevin, the two guys at the top of my list (assuming Vigneault and Claude Julien remain under contract) are Carbonneau and Guy Boucher. Boucher is young, imaginative, dynamic, experienced — and one of the handful of candidates who isn’t afraid to think outside the box.

In that sense, Boucher is a rare animal. How many brainy, innovative coaches are there in the NHL today? How many have there been since the days of Fred Shero? You may disagree with his innovations, but you can’t argue Boucher isn’t an unusually imaginative coach.

I like almost everything about Boucher. He’s paid his dues, he’s original, he might be able to figure out what’s wrong with this team. If I have reservations, it’s because he’s hyper-intense and this market can break a man who can’t relax. But he’s also a very smart, dynamic coach who would bring an original approach to the long list of problems the Canadiens face.


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Video- P,K. Subban The Target Of Michel Therrien’s Post-Game Analysis

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Coach Michel Therrien didn’t hesitate to point a finger at defenceman P.K. Subban after the Canadiens lost a 3-2 decision to the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night.

“We played a solid game and it’s disappointing that we lost because of an individual mistake,” said Therrien.

The coach didn’t name any names but it was obvious he was talking about his star defenceman, who lost the puck with a little more than two minutes to play in regulation. That provided the Avalanche with an odd-man rush and Jarome Iginla scored his second goal of the night to snap a 2-2 tie.

The Canadiens are in a desperate battle for points and when Therrien was asked whether it would have been prudent to secure a point and take their chances in overtime, he replied “I just want us to play the right way.”

“I was going up the wall and I crossed over and lost an edge,” said Subban, who was making one of his wide, sweeping moves to elude a check from Mikhail Grigorenko. He succeeded in that but when Subban went down, the puck was lying on the ice and Grigorenko alertly started the rush in the other direction.

“If I was being pressured, I would have rimmed the puck and got it in deep,” said Subban. “But I don’t think he touched me.”


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Afternoon Line- Michel Therrien

"We know it's going to be tough to make the playoffs, but we see that as a challenge. We're going to give all we've got."

"If anyone doubts our intensity, our desire to succeed, and our desire to win tomorrow, I'd be disappointed."

"We're going to fight. We're going to fight until the end."

-Michel Therrien, head coach of the Montreal Canadiens via tweets from the Canadiens.

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No Respect For Michel Therrien

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

If voting was held now for the Jack Adams Award, you’d have to think the Canadiens’ Michel Therrien would be named the National Hockey League’s top coach.

But would he?

Therrien seems to remain the Rodney Dangerfield of NHL coaches, not getting the proper respect despite his very impressive record behind the Canadiens bench the last three seasons.

Heading into Thursday night’s game against the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens had the best record in the NHL (19-4-3), ranked second in offence, third in defence, fourth on the power play and second in penalty-killing.

Think that might have something to do with coaching?

Since being hired by Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin before the start of the 2012-13 season, Therrien had a 144-68-26 record heading into Thursday’s game — and this season he’s doing it without Carey Price in goal.

Whether you like Therrien or not — he’s not necessarily a lovable character — his record speaks for itself. And he’s not the same coach — or man — he was during his first three-year stint as coach of the Canadiens, starting in 2000.


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A ‘Softer’ Michel Therrien?

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien says he would like to shed his reputation as somewhat of a dictator.

“These days it’s not like the old days, that it’s ‘my way or the highway,’” Therrien told reporters at his annual golf tournament on Aug. 11. “It doesn’t work like that.”

Therrien was referring to the approach he intends to take with perplexing forward Alexander Semin, who signed a one-year, $1.1 million free agent deal with the Canadiens on July 24....

Therrien revealed how he hopes to keep not just Semin, but all of his players motivated and focused next season.

“You need to try and build relationships with players, communicate a lot,” he explained. “I truly believe in those things and [believe in] teaching the way you want them to play, the way you want them to compete.”

The question is: when did Therrien adopt this philosophy?

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Updating Max Pacioretty’s recovery

From NHL.com's Arpon Basu:

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty's rehabilitation from a knee injury sustained last month is on schedule, according to coach Michel Therrien and Pacioretty's agent, Pat Brisson.

"Everything's going well with his rehab, honestly, so we're happy," Therrien said at his annual charity golf tournament Tuesday. "It's unfortunate [he got injured], but he's still able to train even if he's limited in the exercises he can do."

The Canadiens announced July 10 that Pacioretty would be out for 12 weeks recovering from the injury he sustained while working out in Florida. The original timeline would have Pacioretty returning a few days prior to the Canadiens' 2015-16 regular-season opener Oct. 7 at the Toronto Maple Leafs, but would have him missing most, if not all, of training camp.

"Max has always surprised us with his ability to return a little bit earlier than scheduled," Therrien said. "But right now everything's going well, he's recovering well, and that's good news."

Brisson said he exchanged text messages with his client last week and received the same progress report as Therrien.

"He progressing very well and he's going in the right direction," Brisson said. "It's August 11, one month in, and he's going in the right direction."


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Videos- Jon Cooper And Michel Therrien After Practice Today

Game 6 is tonight and the Lightning will try to wrap up the series at home.

Here is Jon Cooper post-practice today...



Below, Michel Therrien after the Habs skated today...

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It’s Defense First For Michel Therrien

from Christopher Curtis of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens head coach and the defence-first system he employs came under fire Thursday night after his team blew a two-goal lead against the Ottawa Senators, losing 5-2 at the Bell Centre.

It wasn’t so much that the Canadiens have lost five of their last six games — though, that’s certainly part of it. What seemed to irk people was the impression that, after pulling away by two goals, the Canadiens turtled....

“Regarding system and stuff like that,” Therrien said, loudly exhaling. “We’re not changing it. Nothing. I don’t think any team at this time a year is changing anything.”

The coach said he has and will continue to tweak the team’s strategy. In fact, he conceded that he’s shuffling small things around so that the team will be “comfortable” when the playoffs begin next month.

Fundamentally, though, “the system” is here to stay and Therrien is willing to stake his reputation on its merits.

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Afternoon Line- Rene Bourque

"Michel and I didn’t have the best relationship, we didn’t communicate. I didn’t know what we wanted from me, or vice versa. I’m definitely not a lazy player. I work hard on and off the ice."

-Rene Bourque of the Columbus Blue Jacket on his relationship with coach Michel Therrien of the Montreal Canadiens.  More from and on Bourque from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers.

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Four-Year Extension For Michel Therrien In Montreal

MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Saturday a four-year contract extension for head coach Michel Therrien (2015-16 to 2018-19).

“We're very happy to have agreed to a contract extension with Michel Therrien for multiple seasons. Michel is an accomplished and experienced coach who has instilled a culture of hard work in our organization while helping develop our young players. Michel and his coaching staff work in a unique and demanding hockey market and the team's success over the last two seasons are a reflection of their excellent work. This decision reflects our desire for stability and consistency within our hockey operations department”, said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

Now 50, Michel Therrien has coached close to 1,100 games in professional hockey (592 games in the NHL and 501 in the American Hockey League).

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Report- Michel Therrien May Have Received A “Private Warning”

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

“I know the league is looking at [Therrien’s comment about Brassard] and expect it to be handled quietly with a private warning,” an industry source told The Post’s Larry Brooks.

That private warning could have very well been the conversation had between league vice president Colin Campbell, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and Therrien on Sunday morning near the Zamboni entrance at the Garden. Seen standing together and talking, the specifics of the conversation might be unknown, but not impossible to glean from context of the situation.

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Transcript Of Coach Michel Therrien After The Morning Skate Today

Q.  This has obviously become a war of words between coaches as much as the players on the ice.  Yesterday you spoke about Derick Brassard and spoke about knowing where his injury was today.  Alain Vigneault suggested that if Brassard gets injured tonight, you could be in trouble.

COACH THERRIEN:  You know what?  Because I was saying the same thing we said about Carey Price, that they knew before we knew his injuries, and in the hockey world it's a small world.  It's a small world, so we knew exactly what happened to Derick Brassard.  And by the way, he's a good player.  He's an important player.  That line got a lot of success, aganist the Penguins.  He's a good player.  There is no free pass.  We're in the playoffs.

But the intention is not to hurt the guy.  I mean, come on.  There is no hockey player that's going to go on the ice.  There is no hockey coach going to ask to hurt the player.  But you have to play with hard.  We have to play Derick Brassard hard like we have to play all those New York Rangers hard with emotion and the best playoff hockey.  No one's got a free pass.    I don't think they gave a free pass to P.K. Subban, all the cheap shots that he got.  I don't think they gave a free pass to Gallagher.  But that's okay.  It's the playoffs.  It's the beauty of it.  There is a lot of emotion.  And Derick Brassard, let me tell you, he's a good player, and we're going to get to pay attention to him.  But there is no ‑‑ there is no one wants to see a player get hurt.  We don't want to see Stepan get hurt.  I'm sure they didn't want to see Carey Price get hurt, but sometimes those things happen.

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Don Cherry shows the moment that Michel Therrien found out that the Rangers were watching practice

During last night's Coach's Corner, Don Cherry discussed the Kings-Blackhawks series' personnel and systemic machinations, he praised the Memorial Cup's refereeing while sharing some of his Memorial Cup memories, and at the 3:45 mark, he revealed some surprising video illustrating the Rangers and Canadiens coaches' tiff regarding watching each other's non-game-day practices.

Let's just say that Michel Therrien was less than impressed by New York Rangers coach Ulf Samuelsson's insistence that there was no gentlemen's agreement between the teams regarding practice:

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Brooks on Therrien, the Penguins’ meddlesome owners and parochial referees

The New York Post's Larry Brooks is on an aggravated roll this morning. His Sunday notebook questions whether Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien should be fined or suspended for suggesting that his Canadiens will target New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard...

What exactly did Therrien mean, and what message was the coach attempting to send to his players, or anyone else, by stating: “We expect Derick Brassard to play and we know exactly where he’s injured. Hockey is a small world…”?

It was an outrageously irresponsible statement from an adult in a position of responsibility — at worst a threat, a threat to re-injure. If anything happens to Brassard now, what else would anyone think?

He believes that the Pittsburgh Penguins owners' comments regarding Ray Shero's body of work as Pittsburgh's GM suggest that the ownership wants more input on player personnel decisions...

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Coach Michel Therrien After An Optional Skate Today

Q.  If you can, just in English, Carey Price's value for the series, and what it means to this team?

COACH THERRIEN:  You know what, Carey Price won't be able to play tonight, not only for tonight, but for the rest of that series.  Really disappointed.  He's our best player.  Looking at the incident, you know, it's a reckless play.  That's the truth.     And Kreider, this is not the first time he's going at goalies, so end up losing your best player.  But our group faced a lot of adversity through the course of the season, and we respond and we've got the attitude to respond really well, and this is what I'm expecting starting tonight.

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Why Was Carey Price Pulled?

Here is Montreal head coach Michel Therrien post-game on why he pulled Carey Price after the 2nd period...

via a transcript the NHL supplies...

Q.   If  you can, just what did you think of the play where Kreider slid into Carey, and was him not playing later in the game at all injury related?

COACH  THERRIEN:  I think it was accidental, honestly.  The fact that he didn't play in the third period, that was more to protect him than anything, because we were not sharp in front of him.

Here is the play of Kreider sliding into Price...


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Afternoon Line

“I want our best players to be able to perform and to contribute to the success of the team offensively. There are certain players that are having some trouble contributing offensively. These types of players need to adjust to the intensity of the playoffs.”

-Michel Therrien, head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, after practice today.. More on the Candiens from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

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Video- Hope Coach Therrien Is OK!

Geez, maybe he needs to wear some gear while on the ice.

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Trash-talking yields a bite-you-in-the-butt result, or simply a ‘lucky’ win?

Montreal Canadiens winger Lars Eller suggested that the Edmonton Oilers were "like a junior team" prior to Tuesday night's game between Montreal and Edmonton, and it backfired in a big way, with the Oilers taking the bulletin board material and running with it en route to a 4-3 win over the Canadiens.

The Globe and Mail's Sean Gordon took note of the trash-talking and its result...

"It can be anything, you know? They play a little bit like a junior team, I think, sometimes. They take a lot of risks, a lot of chances, they’re a little all over the place. There’s not a lot of structure, always, in their game,” quoth Eller.

After the Oilers beat the Habs a few hours later, Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said of Eller: “he might as well have sent me a fruit basket and a bottle of wine.”

“We thank Lars Eller for his comments before the game. Awesome,” Eakins said.

Montreal counterpart Michel Therrien gravely intoned that Eller’s remarks were “unacceptable” and that “he’s a young player, he’ll learn from this.”

But Gordon suggests that the Oilers were lucky to win, and that the Habs were unlucky losers...

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The Michel Therrien Stare

Therrien is tossing darts with his eyes in the direction of Paul MacLean.  Why?  Find out below...




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Hey Julien, Worry About Your Own Team

from Canadiens.com,

The Habs give their take on Claude Julien’s comments and look towards their match-up with the Islanders.

Claude Julien may have had a few choice words for the Habs after Sunday night’s game in Boston, but as far as the Canadiens are concerned, that just means they’re doing their job. When asked about some of Julien’s less-than-flattering comments on Monday afternoon, the Habs’ head coach couldn’t help but grin.

“I’ve known Claude for a long time and I’ve been coaching teams against him for a long time too. To me, those comments that he made were ridiculous and I think he was very frustrated to have lost that game. Claude can concentrate on his team and I’ll concentrate on my own,” offered Michel Therrien following the Canadiens morning skate at Nassau Coliseum, before further expanding on the subject.


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Montreal Canadiens Make Michel Therrien Hiring Official

MONTRÉAL (June 5, 2012) – Montreal Canadiens Executive vice president and general manager, Marc Bergevin, announced Tuesday the appointment of Michel Therrien as the club’s new head coach.

Now 48, Michel Therrien has coached an even 1,000 games in professional hockey (499 games in the NHL and 501 in the American Hockey League)

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Michel Therrien, A Head Coach In-Waiting

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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Therrien Fired

Dan Bylsma has been named interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, replacing Michel Therrien, it was announced tonight by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Bylsma, 38, has been serving as head coach of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He will coach his first game with the Penguins Monday at 2 p.m. against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Therrien was relieved of his duties this evening, and assistant coach Andre Savard was reassigned within the organization.

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Free Falling Penguins

From Craig Simpson at CBC’s hockey blog:

There is some serious concern and all kinds of tough questions coming out of Pittsburgh.

This Penguin team is a shell of the one we watched in June, and despite the legitimate excuse of some key injuries to Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar and the departure of Marian Hossa, Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts, they have underachieved in a big way.

Pittsburgh still boasts two of the three top scorers in the NHL, but even Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have not been themselves. Malkin, the NHL leading scorer has zero goals in his last right games and has only two points in six. Crosby has done more damage with his fists than his stick lately with just two goals in his last 17 games played, and has been held pointless in eight of those 17.

If the players have tuned out their head coach Michel Therrien and are trying to get him fired, they are doing a good job.

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It’s Impossible To Win Without Solid Goaltending

Head Coach Michel Therrien speaks with reporters following the Penguins’ 6-1 loss to Florida.

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Therrien Responds To Semin Remarks

from Sam Kasan at PittsburghPenguins.com,

Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin has gotten a lot of attention from the media following his comments about Penguins star Sidney Crosby.

The drama continued today when Pittsburgh head coach Michel Therrien was asked about Semin’s comments. Therrien, who has never shied away from giving his opinion, laughed and then responded:

“Is he talking about the youngest guy to get 100 points in the history of the National Hockey League? Is he talking about the youngest guy to win the Hart Trophy and lead the league in scoring? Is he talking about the youngest captain in the National Hockey League to bring his team to the Stanley Cup Final? That’s all I have to say.”


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Therrien’s New Deal

From Ron Cook at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

My money is on Michel Therrien. It’s been on Therrien since he took the Penguins coaching job in December 2005 and immediately showed he wasn’t afraid to rattle the cages to shake the losers he inherited out of their country club ways. No matter what, the players were going to do it Therrien’s way. It’s no coincidence they soon turned into winners, big winners, nearly Stanley Cup winners last season.

Now, I’m betting Therrien will break one of the most astonishing records in Pittsburgh sports history.

I’m betting Therrien will become the first coach in Penguins history—41 years and counting—to start and finish four consecutive seasons.


Steven Ovadia at Puck Update provides a contrary opinion on Therrien:

Therrien is a dangerous combination of narrow-minded and panicky. You could see it during the finals when he didn’t change anything against the Wings until he suddenly moved Ryan Malone to the top line, only to put things back the next game. I suspect we’ll see more moves like that from Therrien, and as he loses people in the locker room, which is rumored to be the case, these knee-jerk switches will be less and less effective.

I was surprised the Penguins gave Therrien a three-year extension. Watching him coach has often felt like watching someone drive a car that’s too fast.


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Penguins Extend Therrien

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with head coach Michel Therrien on a new three-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

The contract covers the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

“Michel has done a tremendous job with our team over the past two-and-a-half seasons, developing our young players while leading us to division and conference championships and the Stanley Cup finals,” Shero said. “He had one year remaining on his previous contract, and we could have simply talked about an extension. But we thought that, based on the success we’ve had together, it was time to negotiate a new deal, starting with an increase in compensation for the 2008-09 season.”

“I’m excited to have a new three-year contract with the Penguins and am looking forward to continued success here in Pittsburgh,” Therrien said. “It is a great hockey city with an outstanding fan base. All of our players comment on how much they love playing in Pittsburgh, and I can tell you that our coaches love coaching in Pittsburgh.

“We still have a lot of work to do, though, because we fell short of our biggest goal last season. Our goal is, and always will be, to win the Stanley Cup.”

added 3:48pm, More on the Therrien extension at Empty Netters plus an update on the ‘Student Rush’ tickets.


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Therrien’s Value

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Now, coming off a trip to the Stanley Cup final and with the roster apparently set, it’s time to take care of the coach in a fair and reasonable manner.

Therrien has one year remaining on his deal. The sides are negotiating an extension. He made $675,000 last season, well below the highest-paid NHL coaches, and is slated to make $750,000 this coming season. That still isn’t close to the best-paid men in his profession. Many are way past the $1 million mark….

So, what’s fair for Therrien, who still has worked only three NHL seasons start to finish but has enjoyed tremendous success over his two full years here?

A two-year extension worth around $1 million per season sounds right.


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Give Therrien Some Credit

From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,

As I was saying, the Penguins are built on a foundation of young studs, the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Fleury. That is the core of a team destined to get back to the Stanley Cup final before too long – as long as they continue to be coached by Therrien.

It’s not as though he’s the only man who can guide this club, but give credit where credit is due. Does anybody out there believe the Penguins would have managed to steal two games off the powerful Detroit Red Wings in the final if not for the defensive teachings of the guy they call Mike?

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Trouble Brewing with Therrien

From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

...there is a brewing problem between coach Michel Therrien and some of his players—a number of them despise playing for him.

No one will choose the Stanley Cup final as a forum to call out their coach but there are far too many whispers out there that too many players can’t stand working for—or with—Therrien.

If that isn’t an issue to be dealt with immediately, it is certainly something that will grow with time. Brooks Orpik, the free agent defenceman who will be coveted by many teams after July 1, has told people he will not re-sign in Pittsburgh if Therrien is the coach. Jordan Staal, the terrific young player who lives in the shadow of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin—but is poised to bust out as one of the most complete centres in hockey—is another Therrien complainer.

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Therrien Talks After the Game

Q. Coach, first of all, congratulations on a great season. Your assessment of the game, and what did you tell your players after the game?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: I’m almost speechless. It’s tough. We were that close. It is really tough, because this is a group that gave what they got. They deserve a lot of respect. We got beat by a quality team. They showed it all through the regular season and through the playoffs. They played really well. They were tough to play against, and the hockey god was not on our side tonight.

        But they deserved to win the Stanley Cup.

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Game Day with Michel Therrien

Q.      Coach, can you talk about how proud you are, as a head coach, of the effort that your guys showed in Game 5, you had guys with broken noses and injuries, and seeing them come back and Max making the goal, is that the most proud you’ve been of a team in your coaching career?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: They showed a lot of character, there’s no doubt about that. And they see the prize. There’s a lot of sacrifice. It’s nice to get the reward, and they deserve it. It was a game that could go to both sides. We capitalized on the power play. And we get a high stick in the face.

        But there’s no doubt, this is a team that faced adversity through the course of the season. And it was not any different last game.

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Tuesday with Pens Coach Therrien

Q.  Can you give us an update on Sergei Gonchar and where he’s at and what the expectation is for him for tomorrow night?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  We’re expecting that he’s going to be able to play tomorrow.  So that’s a good sign.

        Q.  Secondly, asking the guys what it’s like physically to come here after a game like that.  What’s it like for you?  You come down to the rink today and you reflect on last night, what goes through your mind?  What are you feeling today?

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Post Game Interviews:  Therrien and Babcock

Transcripts for both coaches are below.

First, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien, then Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

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Game Day with Michel Therrien

Q. It’s a different game, because this is a clinching game. How much does the message change to your players on a night when the Cup could be won?

COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: Obviously I’m not here to lie. It’s an important game. But for us, all our focus has to be on tonight’s game. We can’t look at what’s going to happen tomorrow. It’s a Game 7 for us. And we’ve got to make sure we’re going to leave everything on the ice.

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Sunday with Penguins Coach Therrien

Q.  I guess looking at the ice time last night, [Evgeni] Malkin played more than Sidney [Crosby]. And is that, on your part, an attempt to just get Evgeni Malkin going? Does he warrant more ice time than Sidney? How do you manage ice time between those two?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: How do I manage the ice time? Our offensive players play on a regular shift, and they play on the power play. Obviously, Malkin playing on the power play, it’s a different role than Sid. And we want them to be productive offensively, so they play like every third or fourth shift, five-on-five. They play on the power play. Malkin played a little bit more on the power play. The biggest reason is because he’s playing the point. You don’t have to spend more energy probably than Sid as a forward has to work down low battling, all that type of stuff. So that’s a little bit the difference.

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Game Day with Penguins Coach Therrien

Q.  Would you like to get the obstruction stuff out of the way first, before I ask my…

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: (Laughter)  I said what I had to say yesterday, so let’s move on (Laughter.)

        Q.  You said the first couple of games nervousness could have been an issue with your team.  Do you sense going on in the series that’s less and less the case, and do you think that will be less the case tonight?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  Absolutely.  And it’s part of the process with a young team.  And the more the series goes on, the more we’re going to feel comfortable and we’re going to be better.

        And we got better every game.  Our focus gets better every game.  And tonight I’m expecting we’re going to play ‑ we played a good game, Game 3, but tonight I’m expecting we’re going to be better as well.

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Friday with Penguins Coach Therrien

Q. Holmstrom may or may not play. What does that change, if he’s not in the lineup?

COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: They still have a lot of quality players. And it’s not going to change anything for us. It might change something for them, but for us our focus will remain the same.

Q. The numbers with Fleury on home ice are pretty staggering. Is there something that you’ve noticed, something in his play, like is there something that changes for him in this building?

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Thursday with Coach Therrien

Q. Mike, you have a younger, bigger team than Detroit. Brooks was up here earlier talking about how you had hoped to make this a long series, and if so, that you thought you could pound them a little bit and take advantage of the fact that they’re an older team. Can you talk about that a little bit?

COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: There’s no doubt we want to be physical. And we’re both here to play a physical game. But honestly, we’re taking - the way I see it, we’ll take it game by game. And we’ll see at the end where the result’s going to be.

One thing for me that I see, our team, first of all, is getting better every game. Our team is getting more comfortable every game. Our team’s got more confidence every game.

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Post Game Questions for Therrien

The transcript of the Q&A for Penguins coach Michel Therrien after game three.

        Q.  I’d like to start by just asking you, I saw you, at one point during the second period, you were having a chat with Sidney on the bench.  How would you describe the game your captain played tonight?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  On a big challenge like tonight, we approached our team, that was a huge challenge for us.  It wasn’t any different than Game 5 we played at home against the Rangers and Game 5 we played at home against the Flyers.  We approach it like a challenge.  And there’s no doubt that we’re looking for your best player to bring an A‑game.

        And certainly Sid did that tonight.

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Be Careful Michel

from Chuck Gormley at the Sporting News,

This is where the slope gets especially slippery for Therrien. An emotional coach who strokes his players with sandpaper, Therrien needs to be careful how he handles himself in the next few days and weeks.

Can anyone forget former Philadelphia Flyers coach Terry Murray being in a similar situation in the 1997 finals? Like the Penguins, his team rolled into the finals as a confident bunch, only to get waxed by the Red Wings in four straight.

Following its Game 3 loss in Detroit, Murray said his team was basically in a “choking situation,” and a few weeks later he was fired. Therrien is in a similarly precarious position right now.


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Today with Michel Therrien

The media had some questions today for Penguins coach, Michel Therrien.  Transcript is below.

Q.  A couple of your players last night after the game said that they thought the style that you guys had used to great success to get to this point wasn’t working because of what Detroit was doing.  What can you do as a coach to switch up the strategy on this?  Does it need to be switched up?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  First of all, you’re not coming to the Stanley Cup Final and start to change all your system.  It takes years that players feel comfortable.  That’s not the way it works.

        You have give credit to the Red Wings.  They played well.  They played well in their building.  This is a tough place to play.  Yesterday, I liked our work ethic.  I think our intensity was there.  We have all the reasons in the world to be optimistic as well for Game No. 3.  As good as the Red Wings is in their building, we are as good at home, too.

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Monday Talk with Therrien

The transcript of Coach Michel Therrien’s remarks today.

Q.  What’s your power play need to do to change its luck tonight?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  You have to look at the big picture about our power play.  And I thought we got some quality shots last game.  We didn’t get the bounce we were looking for.  We got some traffic.

        Our power play, we’re second in the playoffs.  The only teams that is ahead of us is Calgary.  They played one round.  So there is no sense to panic with our power play.  Special teams are crucial, we all know, and could make a big difference in games.

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