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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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MOWingsfan19's avatar

I always seem to revert to the SCPO’s between the Wings and Pens & his tantrums.
Yeah, maybe he’s not getting the love some think he deserves, but for me the whiny b*tch moniker sticks.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 12/03/15 at 04:19 PM ET




Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 12/03/15 at 05:16 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

He is very whiny, like MO said.  I want to respect him and this MTL team, but it’s annoying to see his tantrums during the game.  Every. Single. Game.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/03/15 at 05:18 PM ET

gowings's avatar

Posted by TreKronor on 12/03/15 at 04:18 PM ET

100% I get to read and see him on TV everyday here in MTL….wow…he does complain a lot!!! And the way he responds to questions from the media are often degrading…..he’s not the only coach doing it, but it is irritating…

Posted by gowings from MTL on 12/03/15 at 07:30 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

He is very whiny, like MO said.  I want to respect him and this MTL team, but it’s annoying to see his tantrums during the game.  Every. Single. Game.

I still remember his whining during the 2008 SCF’s against the Red Wings. He took his whining to another team. mad

Posted by bigfrog on 12/03/15 at 08:30 PM ET

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