Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien directs a training camp practice this week.
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Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien was ready to launch into his second tour of duty behind the Habs bench four-plus months ago when a pesky lockout got in the way.
Now, he’s within sight of his team’s home opener. On Saturday, when the Canadiens play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Therrien will coach his 500th NHL game, his 1,001st in pro hockey. And don’t think he’s not aware of the expectations being heaped on a team that colossally underachieved last season, finishing dead last in the Eastern Conference.
Wednesday afternoon, looking and sounding as tired as you’d expect two-thirds of the way through training camp with a frantic week of preparation before it, Therrien sat for 45 minutes with The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs for a one-on-one chat in his Bell Sports Complex office to discuss the lockout past, the 2013 season, Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, P.K. Subban, the heavy schedule, a new culture on the Canadiens and much more.
The interview is here in four parts of video. Or, if you’d prefer, read the edited transcript here.