“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. 69HABS says:

    Therrien? Really?
    Just as well hire Martin back!
    The Habs will go NOWHERE with Therrien …
    The new GM has dropped the ball already!

  2. Stoox says:

    I don’t understand the negative comments about Michel Therrien. Therrien is at this time the best possible candidate among the 3 mentioned. He fills all of the criteria they’re looking for: he has experience (crucial in MTL), he’s worked with young players at every level and made them better, he’s ‘passionate’ in the mould of Quenneville, he exudes authority (vs. JMartin & RCunneyworth who didn’t, or couldn’t), he’s won at every level and he can speak the language of the people.

    Since he left Montreal, he went down to the minors and won big, and then took the worst team in the league and headed up the 4th best turnaround in the history of the league to have them make the playoffs, then go on to the Cup final the next year

    It bears reminding that went he took over MTL, THEY were the worst team in the league and he took them to the playoffs the following season, with a roster full of shrimps and has-beens. He’s made the playoffs in every full season he’s coached – the only 2 he didn’t make them, he had taken over the teams in mid-season….the aforementioned worst teams in the league in those years.

    By comparison, hiring Crawford would be a disaster; he barely speaks French (immersion won’t cut it in this town) and has missed the playoffs EVERY year since the lockout. The guy has not adjusted to the new game. Also, the Moore Bertuzzi lawsuit is not yet final. This could easily detract from his job; it would also become a media circus in MTL when the trial was going on. No need for this. We had enough of thisn type of a circus last year.

    Roy wants too much power, and would be a one-man show. it would also worry me he has no experience coaching men (vs. boys in junior); you’re not going to intimidate NHL players on a regular basis. The risk is also there he might on occasion go off the reservation and throw his GM under the bus in the media.

    Therrien, with Carbonneau as an assistant, would be a great match, and the prefect hires. They’ve worked together before, and Carbonneau could cool Therrien down when needed, and act as the good cop for the players. I could also see Robinson as the third assistant, coaching the D. Finally, Bergevin and Therrien know each other quite well – this is a plus.

    Having coached in MTL before is a PLUS, not a bad thing. he understands the environment, and knows what he’s getting into.

    If this comes to pass, I’ll be happy.

  3. frontenac1 says:

    How about Groulx as HC, Cunney and Big Bird as assistants?

  4. frontenac1 says:

    Roy,Groulx and Big Bird.Hmmmm, interesting!

  5. commandant says:

    Hey Frontenac

    C4 and Nitro would be a little different than the JM era.

    I’ve heard they are friends though, so they should be able to work together, add a cooling agent like Big Bird and we’re good to go.

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  6. Hali_Hab says:

    Galley and foresberg. Either one and we win

  7. MathMan says:

    Ahem, how does this go again?

    “Oh God no, please no!”

    Therrien is pretty much the worst of the candidates out there. He managed to make the Pittsburgh Penguins into one of the worst 5-on-5 clubs in the league, and when he was replaced by Blysma the club became instantly better.

    If they’re going to seriously consider him, they’d be better off rolling the dice on an unknown quantity, like a junior coach.

  8. H.Upmann says:

    Have a feeling Oilers and Blue Jackets are eyeing Galchenyuk…. Hope the rumour that the Jackets are interested in Forsberg have some substance…. Btw just looking at bar trivia right now: Tahiti’s official language is French! Clearly there’s a coach somewhere to be had! G

    • Boomer says:

      i think if the oilers decide to keep the pick or trade it either way Yakupov is gonna go first. I’m hoping Columbus goes with Murray who is probably the most NHL ready of the bunch, If not Forsberg and Grigorenko might be possibilities. its gonna be interesting to see for sure

  9. Lizardking89 says:

    I hope this isn’t true Crawford is a much better coach or even Roy would be a better choice. Why go back to the past when you’re trying to rebuild the image of the team that was tarnished so badly with Gainey and co.

  10. commandant says:

    Yes sean its true that not going deep in the playoffs gave him time to train.

    But the coach’s comments weren’t comparing him to olli maatta or griffin reinhart or someone who did go deep in the playoffs.

    It was comparing him to the entire draft class, many who have had the same training time including his teammate yakupov who was “above average”. And othe guys like Dumba, Forsberg etc who haven’t been in games for a while now either.

    He wasn’t slightly ahead of the class, he was “off the charts” according to the strength and conditioning coordinator.

    This is significant.

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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I like the idea of picking Alex Galchenyuk, but wouldn’t mind getting Mikhail Grigorenko. In the latter’s case, we can hope that with proper off-ice training he’d be even more dominant. I much prefer drafting a kid who already ‘gets it’, but all these kids are still really young and have a lot to learn, they can start picking up these good habits this summer after going through the combine and sizing up the competition. They’ll also attend team draft sessions, then development camps after they’re drafted. Not all of these kids will show up already training like madmen, like Mr. Galchenyuk or Brendan Gallagher, some will pick it up a little later. We all saw what happened with Steven Stamkos when he met Gary Roberts.

      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.


      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        I would never have drafted Brendan Gallagher based on his performance in some fitness tests. I would have drafted Brendan Gallagher because he scored 41 goals in 72 games in his draft year. I think hockey players should be judged by how well they play hockey. I would guess that Lars Eller is better than David Desharnais by every measure except goals and assists.

        “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
        – Sean Bonjovi

        • commandant says:

          Yeah, Galchenyuk was the 1st overall pick in the OHL draft.

          The 2nd leading rookie scorer, and well over a PPG as a Rookie 16 year old.

          And is ranked top 5 by every major service except ISS.

          I guess he’s terrible and all he does are fitness tests?

          Work ethic matters…. working hard on and off the ice IS HUGE.

          Look no further than when we drafted PK “no defence” Subban, or the reports that a young Tomas Plekanec would never be anything more than a third liner. Look at what an off the charts work ethic has meant for those two.

          Now take a guy who is already a top 5 pick, and give him that same off the charts work ethic… and you’ve got yourself a Gem.

          On the other hand, take a guy with all world skill and all world junior numbers like Pavel Brendl, or Alex Daigle, and give them a lack of work ethic… and what do you get? A B-U-S-T.

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        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Yeah, we agree Sean. We’re drafting hockey players, they have to produce on the ice. But when we’re trying to decide between players of relatively equal merit, various considerations come into play. Physical fitness and dedication to increasing strength and power are important factors that the Combine is set up to help determine. That’s why we’re discussing it today.

          As far as Brendan Gallagher, when he was drafted his production, his diminutive size and his commitment to strength training and his Strength and Conditioning Coach father were all mentioned by reporters. When I discussed the pick with a friend of mine whose son has gone to a lot of the same camps and played against Brendan, he talked in glowing terms about him and confirmed the reports. So we can say that despite his production his stature caused him to fall to the fifth round, but probably at that point Trevor Timmins and his staff felt that his physical conditioning habits would help overcome this obstacle, and they decided to pull the trigger.

          In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.


  11. Hali_Hab says:

    I have a feeling it’s going to be Crawford. Till this point he is the only one who has not been ” on the verge of signing” haha

    • Lizardking89 says:

      MB seems to be running a tight ship we were on the verge of signing Hartley too last week. The media is just guessing at this point (I hope).

      • sushamiboy says:

        Therrien is part of the media so of course they favor him but I feel it would be a terrible choice. Hartley was the best man but we let him slip away. Crawford is the best choice currently to meet all of “our” tight criteria but personally I would love Roy. No one on this planet hates losing more than Saint Patrick and he is the icon we need to rebuild respect.

  12. frontenac1 says:

    Benoit Groulx would be interesting.When he looses his shit he has a highly amusing tendency to throw debris on the ice..From what I have read he has pretty good numbers with Hull and he turned around Rochester after one season. I don’t know about him with Roy behind the bench Commandant. Might be like C-4 and Nitro.

  13. Old Bald Bird says:

    Not too many MT fans because of his time with Montreal, but he had almost four years in Pittsburgh (two were partial years, but he coached more than a half season in both), and they weren’t exactly a disaster. Despite a weak first year (14 – 29) after coming on in mid-season, he finished with 212 wins and 182 losses. He also took the team to the Stanley Cup finals, which ain’t too shabby. He even had a winning record in his only full season with the Habs. So … maybe he wouldn’t be a disaster while the Habs, hopefully, work on grooming others.

    • Max_a_million says:

      If he brings Crosby, Malkin, and Staal with him. Maybe! Maybe not either!

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        He’s nobody’s favourite, but I’m saying that a dispassionate look at his record shows it to be pretty acceptable. Come on, work with me here. 🙂

        • HardHabits says:

          Always the contrarian eh OBB? At the very least I admire you for taking a principled stance, however much in the minority. 😉

        • Max_a_million says:

          He had a loaded offensive squad, and tried to force them to be trapping shot blockers. They kicked him off the cart midstream. I think my record with those studs might not have been too bad. Sorry OBB, I am not buying. 🙂

        • boing007 says:

          Acceptable doesn’t cut it. Exceptional does.

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

          • Old Bald Bird says:

            I’m not sure that exceptional is available right now. Would acceptable do for now if there was a plan to groom someone exceptional?

  14. Boomer says:

    Sean Bonjovi:
    “He took most of the year off from hockey. He scored about 8 points this season, and he needs to look good this week.
    How are the players who went deep in the playoffs looking?”

    He was injured most of the year (which is rehabed now) and if he had played the whole year he would be ranked top 3 guaranteed and maybe even contend for the first overall pick (according to nhl Scouts).
    To answer your question about draft prospects who went deep in the playoffs there are some decent picks there for sure, but with 3rd overall we need to get an impact player. A top 6 forward or top 2 dman.

  15. Max_a_million says:

    So at one point Roy had a contract, then Hartley, then Therien, maybe I missed Crawford at some point as well. It seems like the pundits are just guessing, and hoping to be the one to break the scoop. Hopefully they know nothing, and it’s not Therien. He did have a chummy look about him when interviewed MB, that made me think he thought he had the job.

    I will take Patrick Roy and Alex Galchenyuk for a thousand please!

    The question is, who will be the best choices for les habs this off-season.

  16. HardHabits says:

    It has to be Roo… It has to be Roo…
    He’s settled down,
    gained a few pounds he’s somebody who,
    could make it come true.
    for le rouge blanc et bleu.
    we’ll all be glad just to be mad thinkin’ of Roo…

    The others we’ve seen – they’re all has beens.
    The Rubycon’s crossed. Habs fans want a boss.
    The others won’t do.
    For nobody else will give us the thrills.
    With all of his faults We want to feel chills.
    It has to be Roo. No underdog Roo…
    It has to be Roo…

    Cause nobody else will give us the thrills.
    With all of his faults – We want to feel chills.
    And it has to be Roo.. It has to be Roo..
    It has to be Roo….

  17. You’ll all live longer if you just forget about who’s gonna coach and go outside and garden 😆

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  18. H.Upmann says:

    Garbage… Total. Garbage. Please not Therrien.

  19. gerrybell says:

    PK is amazing – management and the fans better not run this guy out of town.


  20. Habsolutely says:

    I hope they hire Patty Roy. The entertainment value of it alone would be worth it. It would be quite entertaining to watch the Roy haters blow their lids and throw tantrums.

  21. boing007 says:

    Didn’t like Therrien the first time around. No seconds, please.

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

  22. DorvalTony says:

    HAR!!! Neither Roy nor Therrien will coach Canadiens.

    “Hi this is is P.J. Stock for Depends.”

  23. punkster says:

    Please folks…not gonna happen. Neither Therrible nor Crawful will be hired for plainly obvious reasons.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  24. shootdapuck says:

    Here’s hoping that this is again another scoop by the Allo Police media of Montreal.

    If its true then when Therrien starts 0-7 I hope someone has the the stones to replay Therriens’ hissy fit during the playoffs against Carolina while leading 3-1 in the game! Miracle at Atwater they refer to it in Raleigh!

    Then they can replay Therriens epic “I don’t have a clue” interview before getting canned in Pittsburgh!

    The Canadiens’ would be better off with an up and coming junior coach(not Roy) or an AHL coach than the collection of previously fired retreats being considered as front runners at the moment!

    Really makes you wonder who is actually calling the shots ‘L’antichambre’ or someone actually getting paid by the Club de Hockey Canadien!

    The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

    “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
    “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
    ” I have a pet peeve”

    • Habsrule1 says:

      You had me until “not Roy”.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      No need for anger and condemnation yet. No decision has been made.

      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.


  25. commandant says:

    The combine video (an hour long) is up on TSN’s website

    At the end the strength and conditioning coach says Galchenyuk’s results are off the scale.

    Confirms what I said earlier, kid is a gym rat with a work ethic that is second to none in this draft.


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    • Boomer says:

      I’ve been saying it for months now 😉
      my only concern is Columbus snagging him with their pick. I hope they take murray or grigorenko

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      He took most of the year off from hockey. He scored about 8 points this season, and he needs to look good this week.
      How are the players who went deep in the playoffs looking?

      “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
      – Sean Bonjovi

  26. Josh says:

    Oh god, please not Therrien.

  27. The Dude says:

    Malcom Subban should be a Hab…in fact draft every Subban and their cousins!

  28. Lafleurguy says:

    Darryl Sutter and Peter DeBoer are unavailable, but I doubt many of you would be content with one of these men as HC. Baffling that having a Stanley Cup championship (Hartley, Crawford) is dismissed so easily as a strong resume item.

    Next year will be touch and go for smooth labour relations, and after that storm blows over, practically speaking, the 2012-2013 Habs will be stretched to their prospects limit to make the playoffs. They might displace Ottawa or Florida. The head coach will be a temp to guide the young prospects’ advancements until a real push for the brass ring (yeah, it’s really gold and diamonds) is made in two or three years.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  29. VancouverHab says:

    I understand the argument against a coach blaming the players, but weren’t you glad to hear the Therrien interview? I mean often the players *are* to blame 100% for all the reasons Therrien gave. I’d like to hear that more often.

  30. Bill H says:

    Well, this is certainly an exciting off season so far for the Canadiens.

    There is much fun in speculating who will be the next coach. I have my own favourite, but in the end, what does it matter. I have more confidence in Bergevin than in my own knowledge of who would make the best coach. Sure, there are a lot of posters here who don’t like Therrien, and many are probably more knowlegable than I. But IF, and that is a big IF, Therrien is hired, then it means Bergevin sees something that none of us do.

    Someone around here has a signature on his posts, a quote from Sam Pollock, something to the effect that the worst thing to do for a GM is listen to the fans.

    Whoever is hired, I will wait and see how he does before declaring the death of the franchise.

  31. shootdapuck says:


    The picture of Diaz with a “giant” pineapple?

    Come on its a palm probably a sago palm!

  32. frontenac1 says:

    Sometimes” the obvious is obviously wrong.” Beware of Dark Horses! We might be surprised.

  33. Timo says:

    If MB hires Thereien he is going straight into BG and PG bucket.

  34. The Dude says:

    Roy or Therrien is fine with me!

  35. Thurston says:

    There has to be a third party candidate out there that’s better than either Therrien or Crawford. Doesn’t there?

  36. Un Canadien errant says:

    I agree with those posters who point out that making fun of a coach for his accent and the way he speaks is pretty low-brow. Just as I’d respect the hell out of Marc Crawford for his efforts to learn a second language and be able to converse in it, Michel Thérrien should have everyone’s respect for his efforts to live and work in a world where he has to function using a second language. All of you who mock him, please take a look in the mirror and question whether you are fluently bilingual. In any case, we should all please refrain from taking cheap shots.

    Having said that, Mr. Thérrien isn’t the most eloquent speaker in either language, English or French, he brings to mind the classic line about Jean Chrétien, how he was our first Prime Minister to have two second languages, English AND French. He could mangle both languages at the drop of a hat.

    Michel Thérrien isn’t the most polished of speakers, even in French, and even though he works as a broadcaster on RDS. His analysis on RDS sometimes abrades the eardrums, but he does provide some insight and is often the calm voice of reason, who pulls in the other direction when a Michel Bergeron gets overly excited. He often cautioned this season, in response to criticisms of Andrei Kostitsyn or Yannick Weber, that getting rid of players was the easiest thing for a team to do. The hard part is to find, and then coach and develop players, he would repeat.

    We have to look past his inelegant oratory and understand that he, much like Mr. Chrétien, has skills beyond being a polished public speaker. In fact, Mr. Chrétien’s popularity depended in large part on his commoner’s touch, he was ‘le p’tit gars de Shawinigan’, who could relate with people at an ‘épluchette de blé d’inde’ or a hockey tournament, the anti-Mitt Romney, if you will.

    I’m strongly in favour of hiring Patrick Roy as our next coach, but if the current brain trust is comfortable with hiring Michel Thérrien, if after multiple face-to-face interviews hockey people with diverse backgrounds such as Marc Bergevin, Rick Dudley, Larry Carrière, and Scott Mellanby think he is the best candidate available and are willing to stake their reputation and possibly their jobs on it, then I have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.


  37. JUST ME says:

    If he is the chosen one, i think Therrien had plenty of times to learn from what kicked him out of hockey. Furthermore, his role in the media showed him what are the many bugs the analysts would pounce on and finally his role at RDS was to study everything about the Habs so he has a clear and fresh picture of the assets on hand.
    Still not sure he will be chosen nor am i about the usual suspects names in the medias. The Habs next coach could be someone nobody talks about. Bergevin has a job to do,a vision of his own and we should not be surprized that his choice comes from where he used to be.

    The media spin about the next coach is getting uglier cause everyone wants to have a scoop or at least make a visible wave. Hopefully the candidate will be named soon but Bergevin himself said that it is not a must to have a new coach before the draft if need may be so…

  38. eric macramalla says:

    Read about Marc Crawford’s employability in light of Bertuzzi litigation – http://www.offsidesportslaw.com

  39. HardHabits says:

    Mike Boone: Master Troll.

    Let me see. Today’s poll has Mike Therrien literally falling off the map. What should I do? I know. I’ll suggest that he’s the front runner for the job. That’ll stir up the commentariat and generate hits.


    Cheap drugs and loose women here we come.

  40. howtathor says:

    Therrien doesn’t seem to have very many interpersonal skills. With so many young players coming up thru the system one would think that we would want a more communicative coach. Watching the video, he seems almost manic depressive, not exactly the quality you want in your leader. The most important thing a coach has to maintain is an equilibrium of emotion even in a post game press conference. JM was a little extreme but then again he had NO emotion whatsoever. On the other side of the scale you have Torts! Enough said. I don’t like Therrien as a candidate for head coach. He’s a little too cushy with the vitriolic crazies on the L’antichambre.

  41. frozengolf says:

    I can’t see the next coach being Therrien, or Carbo, as both have past unsuccessful links to the past. I think MB wants a fresh approach to his regime, and I think it will be a new (to the NHL) coach. It may be Roy, or one of the St. Louis assitants, or another Junior coach, but I think he wants to put his own mark on the team, and that means no re-treads. I would be very surprised (and disappointed) if Therrien get the job.
    “We know that hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where we spend time between games.”

  42. gmur says:

    With all the changes made so far with the team’s administration, why would the new staff choose a coach who has already been here and been fired? Hartley seemed the best choice for me. I don’t like the other candidates. All seem to come with problems. Hartley is coming off a championship season in Europe, a certain level of participation in the winning of the Memorial Cup… the others are coming off many seasons being paid as hockey analysts for various TV stations… other than Roy, who I don’t see fitting in as coach unless he’s assistant GM, or GM too.

    Truth be told, I’m a bit bummed out by the coaching quandry. I don’t see any good choices now. Sorry for the lack of optimism…

  43. PureGuava says:

    If Roy or Crawford gets it I be dissapoint.

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”
    – Robert Anton Wilson

  44. joeybarrie says:

    Well its seems clear no one want Therrien.
    Can anyone tell me WHY we would NOT want Therrien as our coach? and please not because he sucks, or has been out of hockey or any other non reason. Can someone give me a good reason why not.
    But that same token can anyone tell me WHY??? I dont like it. I dont think he was a particularly good coach. Neither in Pittsburgh nor Montreal.

    Im not a big fan of Roy being the coach. So far MB has put in some good people, and Roy is a coin toss. Also with so little experience. I do love his fire and his desire. But such a big mouth and putting the team above himself has never been to his capability.

    I like Crawford. But I dont know too much about him. i guess the coaches that have the most success with their teams are still employed by their team. So what can you do but go for a guy who was fired or a rookie.

  45. Propwash says:



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  46. naweed235 says:

    oh god no… I think by hiring Therrien, MB would lose all the respect he has gained with all the great management moves he has done so far…
    Roy, Carbo and Crawford are before Therrien on my list…

  47. JohnBellyful says:

    The fans react in song:


    Michel, oh hell!
    “Coach of Habs” does not go over well
    Can you tell?

    Michel, oh swell,
    Oh, please, someone these rumours do dispel
    Please do it now!

    I hate it, I hate it, I hate it!
    That’s all I want to say
    Therrien, there’s no way!
    I will say the only words I know that
    You’ll understand:

    Michel, do tell
    What will you bring the second time around?
    I’m feeling down

    I need to, I need to, I need to
    I need to take a pill
    You’re making me ill
    If you’re the one the Habs are done, I’m telling you
    We are through

    I want you, I want you, I want you
    To say your answer’s no
    To spare us all this woe
    Until you do I’m telling you so you’ll

    Michel, oh hell!
    “Coach of Habs” does not go over well
    You can tell
    You can tell
    And I will say the only words I know that you’ll understand:
    Fare thee well.

  48. HabFab says:

    Check out the poll, Therrien has only picked up one vote since this article was posted and has dropped to 3%. It doesn’t sound like it would be a popular choice.

  49. RGM says:

    Take your pick:

    A. http://www.nooooooooooooooo.com/
    B. http://gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs3/1121176_o.gif

    GO HABS GO! Maybe 2012-13 will be our year!
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  50. Habsrule1 says:

    It has to be Roy. I’d be ok if it were Crawford, and upset if it was Therrien.
    I’d still cheer for my Habs though, and expect another coaching change within 2 years.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  51. HabInToronto says:

    “I’ve never seen a bunch of defenseman soft like this” …..Instanly Tomas Kaberle came to mind.

  52. ed lopaz says:

    Therrien would be a bad choice.

  53. habsfan0 says:

    I was watching l’Antichambre last night when Bertrand Raymond said: “I am confident and secure enough in my language,my culture, that if Les Canadiens were to hire a unilingual, English speaking head coach,as long as he was the BEST candidate available for the position, I would not see that as a threat and a putdown of all francophones in Quebec.” Much to my further astonishment, ALL the other panelists rose and gave him a standing ovation!

    Then, I woke up.

  54. habs-fan-84 says:

    for eff sakes. Way to bring in a new era of “winning culture”…*rolls eyes. LAME!

    Please tell me this is an erroneous report.

  55. issie74 says:

    Please,Please Say it isin’t so.


  56. ZepFan2 says:


    “Bring it on home, Bring it on home to you…” – Plant/Page

    Bring it on Home

  57. neumann103 says:

    Not to sound like a broken record but…

    God, Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

    I am generally pretty sanguine about these things. The language issue limits the choices, but Therrien is at th bottom of my list. If they are looking for a retread, I would take Vigneault, Carbo – even Demers or Lemaire if they were interested – way before considering Therrien. Probably only Claude Julien ranks lower on the “want him back” scale.

    If you are lookign for NHL experience and language, I would take Hartley by a mile over Therrien, and I was relieved when Hartley took the Calgary job. Marc Crawford seems like Scotty Bowman Mk II in comparison to Therrien.

    If things are so desperate as to be considering Therrien, I would much rather take a gamble on Patrick Roy or an AHL or even a CHL coach. The next two years are going to be development anyhow, the goal ought to be bringing the kids along, making the playoffs and hoping to make some noise (ie NJ Devils and LA Kings for you tankers) and getting ready for a cup run in 2015 and beyond.

    “Et le but!”

  58. L Elle says:

    Oh the agony of the unknown. 😉

    Interestingly, we can now spin any fact to make a candidate sound like the second coming of Scotty Bowman (Roy) or paint him to be the meanest coach in the history of coaching dating back to the Romans and those guys who trained the Lions. (Crawford).

    When we make fun of Therriens’ accent, we are no better than the Bert Raymonds of this world. I believe Therrien deserves another shot in the NHL, but probably not with The Canadiens.

    But who am I kidding, I have no idea who MB will pick, and still hoping for a candidate I’ll have to google to find out who the heck he is.

  59. motherpucker says:

    Say it ain’t so …. I have to think just about every Habs fan close to the team has felt frustrated dating back to when Roy was traded. I can’t recall many times where I felt good about the direction, up until the recent hiring of MB and seeing him gather a solid braintrust of experienced, respected minds for which to surround himself with. But the coaching decision is critical IMO, and bringing Therrien back would be yet another huge step backwards.

    I can only hope the language and political BS doesn’t win out over common frikkin’ sense. Therrien may very well be a qualified NHL coach, but I firmly believe this NEW management team must charter a new path for the team, and not reinstate any components of a previous, unsuccessful regime.

    I hope MB consults with the leadership on the team…Gionta and Markov are veterans and i would be shocked if they endorsed this move. If they don’t buy in, how will the rest of the team …not to mention free agents…

  60. HabFab says:

    From Renaud Lavoie and 360 interview on the 30th.
    – Patrick Boivin will stay with the Canadiens. He’s the cap specialist for the team.
    – Trevor Timmins won’t be the director of player development. Draft only. Too much work for one man.

  61. Eric37 says:

    I’ll ask again:

    Someone with any knowledge, can you give us one good reason to hire Therien…again!?

    And don’t say he speaks French.


  62. frontenac1 says:

    Good point commandant. Watch out for Dark Horses! (Raymond,Groulx…etc)

  63. JohnBellyful says:

    I think the speculators have it all wrong:

    “Hi, Marc, Marc here. Bergevin. Sorry I didn’t get back to you before now. It’s been awfully hectic around here, getting all the right pieces into place. Hope the French lessons have been going well because… what’s that, you signed with Edmonton to be their new coach? Oh… just an hour ago? Well, like I said it’s been hectic around here. I hadn’t realized it was a month ago that we had our fifth interview … Okay, then, best of luck with the Oilers. Bye.”
    “Hi, Michel, Marc here. Bergevin. What are you doin’ for the next three years because … what’s that, you renewed your contract with RDS? That’s a bit of a surprise. You sounded really interested in the coaching job. HIO poll? Fan comments? Sure, they can be tough but as a coach you have to be tougher. Michel, are you crying? I know, I know, people can be mean. Why was I phoning you? … ah, just to see how things are, that’s all. Talk to you later.”
    “Hi, Guy. Marc here, Bergevin. Let me say right off the bat, Guy, I’ve always been a big admirer of you when you were a player and then when you were a coach. I thought you got a raw deal when the team let you go and I think it’s time we made things right. Pardon? No, no, no, I’m not phoning you because everyone else has turned me down. You were always my first choice but I had to show my boss that the search for a new coach would be exhaustive. That’s why I never bothered calling you in for a second interview. I knew you’d be the perfect fit but I had to make sure there were no real competitors, so it wouldn’t look like I was handing you the job on a silver platter. Speaking of silver platters …. what’s that? You want a public apology from Bob Gainey? But he doesn’t work for the team anymore! Honest, he doesn’t. No, his hiring by the Dallas Stars as a consultant isn’t a smokescreen. I’m telling you HE HAS NO CONNECTION TO THE CANADIENS ANYMORE!
    How about I call you back later after you had time to calm down. Talk to you later.”
    “Hi, Don. How’d you like to coach the Montreal Canadiens? No, you’re not being punked. It’s Marc Bergevin and I believe you’re the kind of guy the team badly needs right now to start winning again: a figure of authority, someone the players will look up to and listen to.
    Think about it, here’s your chance to go full circle: You get to lead the team that put your career into a tailspin and eventually out of hockey. Now that same team is down in the dumps just like you were and you can be the one to lead it back to glory. I know you can do it. I see another TV movie coming out of this, and an Order of Canada.
    Oh, don’t worry about not being able to speak French. That whole issue has been overblown and will go away once people find out who we hired. Besides, we’ll have someone sit by your side translating your answers. You’ll still handle your own body language and facial expressions.
    Yeah, I know you’re in your 80s but you’ve got stamina, Don. For at least another three years, right? We’ll make it as easy for you as possible.
    You don’t know if you can handle standing behind a bench for an entire game? Not to worry. We’ll get you some custom-made orthopedic shoes. You’d rather have a throne? … we’ll thrash that out later.
    Uh? Are you sure that’s what you want?I don’t know, has MacLean ever been an assistant coach before? Okay, okay, okay, you’re probably right, he’d make a good one.
    Well, Don, it sounds like we’re on the right track. Why don’t we get together later this week and work out the details? Oh, one more thing, I almost forgot. You’ll have to take a cut in pay. [Click} Don? Don?”
    “Hi, Jacques … “

    • Habitforming says:

      I love the Galchenyuk pick for the Habs, but do you really think Grigorenko won’t be taken until after the 15th pick? A selection like that makes me notice how it will never happen (murray first is a pipe dream as well.)

      • HabFab says:

        I’m only focused on who goes 1-2 however agree he should go top 10 but look how Esposito dropped once the actual drafting started contrary to all “expert opinion”.

  64. kempie says:

    Man, I clicked on the link to this thread and saw the pic and almost lost it. My pulse raced as I sat back and read. Boone, please don’t do stuff like that. I need to calm down.

  65. Eric37 says:

    Seeing as we’re about %110 in favour of the Habs NOT hiring Michel Therien, can someone out there give us one good reason to hire Mike?



    To quote the great Carey Price: “Chill out.”


  66. Cal says:

    Puff the Magic Dragon would be a better choice.

  67. Habsolutely says:

    I hope it’s Roy or Crawford, Therrien would suck big time. Funny how the Roy haters are very vocal concerning Patrick but seem fine with Terrible-Therrien.

  68. HabinBurlington says:

    Having read the information on previous thread that Ed Lopaz presented regarding Martin Raymond, I have to wonder if indeed that may be the darkhorse pick MB has in mind. It was reported earlier that he had interviewed with Montreal.

    Coaching University is different from Junior, the players are older, this would be good step between junior and pro. Also he has pro experience in Hamilton and Tampa. He meets the language criteria, and didn’t Mike Babcock coach at McGill as well 🙂

  69. Captain a_HAB says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! We don’t need no stinking retread! We need Patrick!

  70. Corson27 says:

    I second that please not Therrien.

  71. Chorske says:


  72. habsfan0 says:

    Horrors! Please don’t let it be Therrien. With rare exceptions, sequels suck.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      To me this is scary also, I am so hopeful MB knows what he is doing and is letting the media run with their speculation, all along knowing he has someone else in mind.

    • commandant says:

      I don’t want Therrien either.

      But a week ago we were saying that “there was speculation Hartley would be hired by Tuesday”

      Seems a lot of people want to throw stuff at the wall to see what sticks.

      Go Habs Go!
      Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Exactly Ben, seems to me MB is pretty confident in how he is going about his business. He is accessible yet the media still don’t know what he is thinking, this is driving them crazy. They all are trying to be the one who guesses correctly who the next coach is. Methinks MB has played some poker in his day!

      • Habitforming says:

        He was hired on Tuesday…. by the Flames though.

        Looking at the remaining list, it has to be Crawford. Pease let it be Crawford over these other nut jobs

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