Most every media outlet is reporting Tuesday morning that the Montreal Canadiens look likely to announce within the day that the new head coach of the Habs is Michel Therrien.
So if it’s true, everything old is new again. Therrien coached for parts of three seasons with Montreal, racking up a 77-77-37 record with the Habs, before being fired during the 2002-2003 season, and he then went on to run the bench with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he brought them to the Stanley Cup finals in 2008.
So would Therrien be a good choice? Mathias Brunet, a hockey scribe whose opinions I have great respect for, says Therrien is the man for the job. Brunet says he is one of the best coaches in hockey. Rejean Tremblay on 98.5 FM also says the Habs went for the best man.
But others aren’t so sure. They’re already reminding us that he never won anything here in Montreal and came up empty-handed in Pittsburgh as well, even though he had a team chock full of superstars. Dan Bylsma took over from Therrien in Pittsburgh and promptly won the Cup.
And as Andie Bennett pointed out on Daybreak on CBC Radio Tuesday morning, Therrien is known as the coach players love to hate and that ain’t a good thing. In recent years, he’s paid the bills as one of the grumbly ex-coaches on RDS’s L’AntiChambre and I was never particularly impressed by his attitude or insight.
Oh well……at least it isn’t Patrick Roy or Marc Crawford.