Michel Therrien has been named the next head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. What is old is new I guess.
Therrien will be unveiled to the media today at 2:30 PM at Brossard.
You can read the team’s official statement here.
Know one ever seems to use this section anymore, however, it is a better way to express your thoughts especially if they are a little longer in Verbage.
Anyway, as much as I am not a Therrien fan, I think he should not be judged by his early years as coach of the habs. He was inexperienced at 38 years old and certainly was not ready to take on the habs coaching duties. Then again neither were the general managers of the time who hired him. So I say to those doubters, give him a chance he has had some successes and failures in his coaching career and hopefully this will be a positive step for him and the habs. So don’t jump ship just yet, we will know in due course whether he can help turn the team around. Of course a lot of that also depends on Bergevin and how he drafts and signs players to improve this team. Not everything is the coaches fault and not everything is the GM’s fault. But someone has to take responsibility. Personally, I would not be surprised if we have another poor season maybe a little better than this past year but not good enough to make the playoffs. To me it will depend on how many more rookies we allow to make the team this fall and how many we keep in Hamilton to allow them to develop. It will also depend on whether our defence is more experienced throght the FA signings and if we can sign any goal scorers or again whether we keep our youth in Hamilton or bring them up to the big club? There are a lot of IFS at this time of year and I guess the answers will come this fall.
I agree with you Senet. Therrien wouldn’t have been my first choice – but there is something to be said for a guy who has NHL experience in both Montreal and Pittsburgh. Almost everyone on earth learns from failure. If he’s smart he’ll take the reflective time he’s had and apply it here.
At the very least it will be interesting to see how he handles a situation similar to when he took over in PIT with talented players and a pretty bad finish last season.