“Mike”: The Sequel?

At least he’ll be called “Michel” again.
There’s speculation that Michel Therrien will be named head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
There’s speculation the announcement could come as soon as Tuesday.
All we know for sure is he’s gloriously available.

In his 30 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman writes of the Canadiens coaching picture:

Montreal is getting close. So far, Marc Bergevin’s hired people he knows very well (Rick Dudley, Scott Mellanby). Of those who are believed to be among the final candidates, the guy he knows best is Michel Therrien. It should be pointed out, though, that Marc Crawford apparently interviewed very well.

In his column in La Presse, Philippe Cantin suggests Patrick Roy is still in the coaching picture.

A possible sticking point is the degree of input on personnel decisions Roy would demand.

On L’Antichambre Friday night, Cantin said Roy would not tolerate  what Jacques Martin endured when Pierre Gauthier fired assistant coach and Martin confidante Perry Pearn a few hours before a game.

Of course, any speculation about Therrien must include his immortal press conference:

Here’s a long, kinda goofy interview:

And while we’re running video, check out P.K.’s great interview with Canadiens fan George Stroumboulopoulis:

BTW, TSN’s Scouting Combine show included a segment on kid brother Malcolm Subban, who dazzled everyone in agility drills.


  1. szthecatman says:

    I dont hate Therrien… But he wouldnt have been my first choice…

    If it is true that he will be hired… He has my support, we need to all start rallying behind this team and give new management a chance! Regardless of what happened last season

    Lets at least give them a chance to prove themselves, i have faith in Bergevin’s vision

  2. JMcAttack says:

    Why isn’t Larry “Big Bird” Robinson, assistant coach of the New Jersey Devils, not being considered for the head coaching job of the Montreal Canadiens? Or is it that B.S. about not being bilingual the reason? Just a thought. Any comments?

    • smiler2729 says:

      Probably cuz he could hardly handle his last head coaching gig in NJ, had a nervous breakdown…

      Calling it like it is:
      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

  3. otisfxu says:

    Unless you think Crawford all of a sudden is a new man – he is not the guy. Don’t forget, this team is not that good, – the coach has to be someone who will be given some slack by the fans if things don’t go to well this season. Other than Lemaire ( I don’t think Roy is ready) all the rest would get no slack – just retreads will be the cry.
    Bergevin is earning his salary right now – just can’t afford to blow this call.

  4. nunacanadien says:

    The Habs owners want real players in Montreal? You ain’t gonna get real players in Montreal as long as the player’s agents have to deal with a committee of Toronto owners and players know for the past decade these Toronto based owners have basically destroyed hockey in Montreal. Which superstar of hockey is gonna wanna play in Montreal when the GM is not a real GM? But only a paid puppet? Which player worth his weight’s gonna try hard to prove his worth knowing that the team is basically set up to fail by its owners?

    • smiler2729 says:

      Okay buddy, that’s three long ranting insane rambling vents on some conspiracy you’ve got running around with the hamster in your head. Give it a rest.

      Montreal owners, agents, committee of Toronto owners, Martians, little green men named Vader from the planet Vulcan… whatever.

      Calling it like it is:
      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

      • nunacanadien says:

        Hey, if you look at who actually owns the habs, have you done that? The Habs are owned by a bunch of Toronto businessmen, who also had to divest themselves of the shares of owning also the Toronto Maple Leafs! No friggen wonder then that the habs have sucked for so long, cause some committee is sabotaging all of our future. Wake up and smell the coffee my friend!

        • nunacanadien says:

          Molson Coors, is based in Toronto, the investors of Molson Coors, through their investments through Bell had to divest their portion of the Maple Leafs Sports Entertainment franchise, but really, since when did a bunch of rich people in Toronto decide Montreal’s future? No wonder the recent announcements lack a real hockey announcement, any other team you’d have the GM or coach announcing, not some paid PR person on behalf of some anonymous committee that sits in Toronto of all places!


  5. otisfxu says:

    There is a part of me that would be disappointed if Therrien is hired – It looked like we were going to have all new faces running things – to me hiring someone who was fired from same team before, doesn’t work, or at least has a negative perception – we can’t find anyone else but someone we got rid of –
    I think he can coach, but a whole new direction would have been preferred.

    A bad start to season, and his head will be wanted on a platter.

  6. ogilthorpe says:

    PLEASE….. no Therrien… He gave up on his team.. Called them a bunch of losers… Was fired… Bylsma came in and the team won the Stanley Cup THAT SAME YEAR…. NEED I SAY MORE???????

  7. murfdog says:

    Roy will never be back as anypart of the habs, not even water boy, he walked out all those years ago and the door hit him on the way out.

    • nunacanadien says:

      Roy did what Roy and any person with a passion for the Habs would do. For that he should be revered among fans. Sure he let us down by walking out, but hey, the ownership of the habs at the time became what it is now, an ownership of rich toronto investors who don’t care about hockey in Montreal, and who would not care if the habs came in last. Ronald Corey and his gang ushered in the era of blatant bad hockey in Montreal to please his Toronto investors.

      Geoff Molson is keeping the tradition alive of screwing the habs for a bonus from his rich Toronto friends. This management by committee that saw Roy go, could see him come back. Maybe this time the habs fans should be smarter and boycott the games, don’t go to the Bell Centre until the ownership allows the GM to be a real GM, and the coach to actually have a say in what type of players the habs should get, instead of the team the way it is now:

      The habs owners pick what the GM should do, the habs owners nitpick and don’t care about the playbook anymore, there is no method of play left for the habs and all we have left is the dump and shoot which injures our players. That is what these rich Toronto owners of the habs want, injured habs players……hence we get the last decade of lousy hockey while our stars sit out injured because they are too small to play the old dump and play.

      I can’t stop stating the obvious, the Habs owners don’t care about the Habs, the Habs owners want the habs to be at the bottom of the league. They are rich enough to waste money and call it a tax loss……and to screw Montreal on top of that is the icing for the rich Toronto types…..

  8. --Habs-- says:

    Have we come this far to simply hire Therrien? He’s been out of a job for over 3 years and the Habs want to hire him? WHY? Nobody’s wanted him and now we do. This has to be a joke!

  9. nunacanadien says:

    This Management By Committee has to stop. Either that or people in Montreal should just burn down the Bell Center, get it over with, cause Geoff Molson and his committee, they are pissed off for 100 years of great hockey, these Toronto Maple Leaf fans who own the habs are just gonna run it into the ground, these rich Toronto owners who own the habs are getting their payback for 100 years of great hockey in Canada.

    Red Fisher and Boone of the Gazette, call it like it really is. The Habs Ownership Committee to Ruin the Habs will in a couple of days name Therrien to basically play a puppet behind the bench with plays that get our so called “stars” injured, so another season of Gomez with an upper or lower body injury while we watch Max Pac being wasted……and Price lives up to his name of being “scared little boy” that Gainey I think ended up calling him.

  10. --Habs-- says:

    Not sure this is a good move! But what do I know. Any chance of prying Dineen away from Florida where his family is 1400 miles away. His family could be a few hours away by car if he coached in MTL.

  11. Exit716 says:

    If Dimwit Therrien is hired, the new poll on the site should be Who is the Biggest Loser on the Habs? Affirmative Action Mikey or Scott Gomez?

  12. ogilthorpe says:

    Wow, who are the 139 idiots who voted for therrien in the poll???

    • Trackpants says:

      no therrien… it won’t happen…. it better not happen.
      My vote goes to Crawford, I think he will be a good fit with the players and he understands the expectations that go along with this job.

      Too bad Guy got screwed around so much, it seemed like the players really wanted to play for him.


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  14. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Not Michel Therrien. What the hell is the attraction? He was a train wreck in Pittsburgh, has a big mouth & throws players under the bus. Oh my God, bring back Jaques Martin.

  15. steve17 says:

    Why not one of the two assistant coaches from Tampa? Bring in Lemaire as an assistant/mentor and Robinson as the other assistant.


  16. mal2478 says:

    Latest fan poll numbers:

    Marc Crawford (25%, 786 Votes)
    Guy Carbonneau (24%, 755 Votes)
    Patrick Roy (23%, 702 Votes)
    Jacques Lemaire (23%, 701 Votes)
    Michel Therrien (5%, 139 Votes)

    Total Voters: 3,084

    and Bergevin wants Therrien???? I’d rather go with Crawford but this language thing forces us to have slim pickings…

    • mchenske4 says:

      Please! Please! No Michel Therrien! Everything was going along really well, with Berg, Dudley,and Mellanby…and now this????

    • szthecatman says:

      If we’re gonna go with the “lets hire an ex-habs coach” idea……. (which i dont support)…. Why wouldnt we hire Carbo??? At least he had a winning record with the habs

      Like … Therrien??? R u serious??????? FML .. Here we go…

  17. steve17 says:

    After watching these Therrien videos, I woudn’t want him anywhere near the team. There is something to be said for being honest, but this is more than that and I am sure the players have seen these and are wondering if they have a couple of bad games, what he might say to the media. Therrien sounds more like a frustrated coach and rather than look in the mirror, he blames his team and the defence. Well, he is the coach, he needs to find a way to fix it, not throw them all under the bus! Maybe they were playing like that to get rid of him!!


  18. rhino514 says:

    Well, now that it´s come out I am strangely not so much against Therrien. He has passion, which the team needs now behind the bench, and experience. And yes I rather have a quebecois behind the bench than an outsider like Crawford, unless the outsider were a much better candidate, which I don´t view Crawford as being. There is just something about him which rubs me the wrong way, can´t quite put my finger on it.

  19. durocher says:

    Happy Birthday to Larry Robinson, who I hope joins the Habs as an assistant coach.

    • Nina76 says:

      durocher……..You have to be kidding there is NO WAY that Larry will come to the Habs like alot of other very good coaches to much crap to deal with, language #1 plus speaking French is more important than bringing the cup back home where it belongs.

      • steve17 says:

        Sorry, but a couple of weeks ago when Larry Robinson was asked, he said he would be interested and would talk with the Habs if they call. But only as an assistant coach


  20. rogieshan says:

    Groulx is not a candidate in any capacity. He left his AHL job in Rochester to return to junior hockey in Gatineau where he is very comfortable and content.

    I’m surprised Therrien is a front runner, but given he and Bergevin both share a similar, working-class upbringing in Montreal, it’s easy to see why the GM is leaning towards him.

    I thought Carbonneau has made it abundantly clear that he will only return as head coach and not as an assistant. Regardless, We should consider someone who can make a difference coaching the powerplay, since Cunneyworth did such a poor job of it last year.

  21. Sir.Plekers says:

    This must be a sick joke…..the fact thay therrien is being interviewed is simplly why we have another crappy and stupid GM!!You do know he is a pittsburgh icon for getting crosby 😀


  22. PrimeTime says:

    Roy wants veto power of all trades and input to draft picks. Sounds to me he doesn’t really want the HC job. If he really wanted it he would lower his demands. Too much ego! Once an arse always and arse!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Okay, so I can understand you may not want him as a Coach for various reasons, but your comments about once an arse and always strikes me as well over the line. Patrick Roy was a great Hab, I would say a legend. Regardless of his departure which was completely mishandled by all involved, your venom towards him seems unwarranted to me.

      • Lizardking89 says:

        Amen Patrick Roy is a Habs hero show him some respect for shit sake. Who the hell are you to criticize a legend?

        • k-roc says:

          Wurd! Without Patrick Roy we would be down a Cup or two. 1993 habs were pretty average, the exception being “the wall”!

          • zorro says:

            Roy was a great hockey player, let’s just leave it at that.

          • Chris says:

            The 1993 Habs were the favourite in every round of the playoffs except the first, when they “upset” the Quebec Nordiques who finished 2 points ahead of them in the regular season standings.

            For that matter, Montreal also had home ice advantage in every round in the 1986 playoffs except for the Finals when they beat a Calgary Flames team that finished…wait for it…2 points ahead of Montreal in the regular season.

            In both cases, the Habs were fortunate that other teams knocked off the league powerhouses in those seasons (Calgary and a Steve Smith own-goal knocked out the overwhelming favourite Oilers, while the Rangers shocked both Washington and Philly in 1986. In 1993, the favourites were the Penguins and Bruins, who were upset by underdogs before the Habs ever saw them.

      • boing007 says:

        Ken Dryden wasn’t too shabby either, yet we never hear his name mentionned. Four more cups with the Canadiens than Roy.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • ebourcier says:

      An ego isnt a bad thing when your one of the greatest of all time, and also has proven he can coach young kids which the habs will be a very young team over the next few years. No doubt in my mind this guy can get guys to run thru walls for him. Its also widely agreed he is a great x’s an o’s coach….. thats a combo you don’t see often. it is generally one or the other with coaches, in carbo’s case he had neither. While that other goof Therrien lost the room in Montreal, and Pitt. How can you not get sid and geno to play foro you????


    • steve17 says:

      I have never heard Roy say he wants this power. What is your source on this. I admt Roy has a huge ego, but unless I hear from him, this is just speculation.


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