Farewell, Michel Therrien.
December 15, 2005 - February 15, 2009.
His first lineup, December 16, 2005. against the Buffalo Sabres:
His last lineup, February 14, 2009
Regardless of how you feel about Therrien, we battled with him for the last 3+ years.
You have to respect that. He took us close to the mountaintop.
But that was then, and this is now.
That's just the way things work in professional sports.
Therrien lost his team somewhere around December, and it has been painful ever since.
Is he a scapegoat? Yes. He had to be.
Is he a victim of bad luck, bad personnel moves, and superstar players?
Ask us in April. Unlike right now, we'll know what happened.
And it won't be when he writes his tell-all book "It's Up To The Readers Now."
For a long time now, Therrien has dodged the rumors of impending doom.
But time has finally caught up with him.
We firmly believe that Therrien avoided being fired at least twice this season.
The most recent is when the Pens stormed backed from a 3-0 deficit against the Lightning.
His rumored belittling of Marc-Andre Fleury and his reported feuds with Brooks Orpik, Ryan Whitney, and The Bing sealed his fate.
His refusal to roll four lines, play Petr Sykora, and keep lines together for more than four shifts was just icing on the cake.
Like we said, whatever happened at this point is pure speculation.
But you could feel something was amiss.
So much for that SCF loser curse not being legit.
Oh, and the Pens have to play in like 20 minutes.
Jump city for that.
Due to Presidents Day, we get the ol' 2:00pm start.
This only proves George Washington and Abe Lincoln are jokes.
It is going to be very strange not seeing HCMT behind the bench.
The keys have now been handed to Dan Bylsma.
Very telling and interesting read from the [PG
] this morning.
Mr. Bylsma (pronounced BYL-zmuh) will coach the Penguins for the first time at 2:08 p.m. today, when they face the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. During a conference call last night, he spoke repeatedly of wanting to play a style that takes full advantage of the "speed and skill" of his team.
"We need to force teams to deal with the quality of players we have at every position," he said. "To get the opportunity to coach a team with this much talent and this much possibility, it's a great thing. It's a great chance for me."
If Mr. Shero decides to look outside the organization at that time, Nashville assistant coach Brent Peterson figures to be on the top of his list of candidates.
"Dan is a very bright guy," Mr. Shero said. "He's very good with the players. He's demanding and firm, but he's also a guy who's fair."
"I'm not sure where it went wrong," Mr. Shero said. "It's been a tough year for us all."
We remember having a convo
with Jesse from [FaceoffFactor
] earlier this year, and he was telling us that Bylsma
is a good guy; even playing goalie during training camp.
As Matt from [FaceoffFactor
] points out in a very solid piece, Bylsma
is now the youngest coach in the NHL at 38.
Seth at [Empty Netters
], who we'll miss sending "Therrien
lines," e-mails to points out that coaching experience may be an issue.
We kind of like the fact that Bylsma got to punch Brendan Shanahan in the face.
Interesting side note, as well:
Bylsma was a teammate of Petr Sykora on that Ducks 02-03 Western Conference championship team.
So maybe he'll actually play him.
Ironically enough, it is indeed up to the players now.
The way it should be. Do it.
Thanks to *****. for this.
We have a feeling stories like this are going to be rolling out.
This one comes from someone named "Lindenn," who we can confirm is a scout for the Boston Bruins.
He claims this [story
Therrien is fed up with Malkin's attitude. He asks Malkin and Petr Sykora to come in to the coach's room.
"Shut the door, Petr. Sorry to do this to you, but I want you to translate this so there's no mistakes between me and Gino."
"Sure thing, Coach."
"Tell Gino if he doesn't buy into my system immediately, I'm going to bench him."
Sykora turns to Malkin, and translates it into Russian. Malkin responds in Russian. As he's talking, Sykora is getting visibly uncomfortable. He coughs nervously, then sighs. He's obviously trying to decide if he should translate exactly what Malkin said or to clean it up a little. After a second he turns to Therrien and translates:
"Tell that piece of shit if he ever benches me again I'll be on the next flight to Russia."
As Sykora finished the sentence, Malkin stood up and walked out of the room.
Who knows if this is even true.
Per Rob Rossi at the Trib.
Two major deals fell through involving Staal and Whitney.
Sounds like it could be a ploy by Shero.
Welcome to the circus.