JSelby - (Jim Selby)Member since July 28, 2011
Habs fan since: 1961
Favorite current player: Lars Eller
All-time favorite player: Jean Beliveau
- Comment on Canadiens name Therrien coach (2012-06-06 10:45:09)
I like Babcock in Detroit and Boucher in Tampa Bay. I admired Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman. I thought Carbonneau deserved another shot.
- Comment on Canadiens name Therrien coach (2012-06-06 09:57:19)
My doubts about Therrien have to do with temperament. I think coaches should be cool and in control of themselves. Over-emotional coaches (I class these as motivators rather than tacticians) can produce great runs of results, but inevitably players get tired of the emotional manipulation and the coach loses the respect and confidence of the locker room. Most players are very young men brought up in the peculiarly privileged world of star athletes. Coaches should, by dint of being older and more experienced and in a position of authority, be the ones to inject badly-needed calm professionalism into a team. Coaches need to get their egos out of the equation – it is about the players and creating a winning team, not about the coach. An over-blown sense of self-importance has been the downfall of many coaches, including past incarnations of Therrien himself. If Therrien has learned from his past mistakes, he may be a great addition to the Habs. However, if he has not, I predict a short and ultimately disappointing return.