Saturday, November 01, 2008

Coach Therrien

Not too much has changed since I first wrote about Pens coach Michel Therrien. He's still ruling the minions with his classic "tough love" approach. But as the kids start to get older and the overall goal of winning the Cup becomes more obtainable, we've started to see a softer side of Therrien.

Pittsburgh media figure Bob Pompeani sat down with Therrien earlier this season for a chat:

A guy willing to admit to being a Celine Dion fan - softer indeed! But not during the game - and that's when it counts.

Therrien in a Nutshell:
  • He's notorious for line shuffles and "pushing buttons". He goes with what's working. And if it's not, he'll change it. He doesn't play too many favorites and he holds people accountable to their jobs.
  • He was a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL coach of the year in 2006-07, when he led the Penguins to 47-point improvement over the previous season. It was the fourth-biggest turnaround from one season to the next in NHL history.
  • He's a family man. A single dad raising two teenagers, Therrien shows a lot of fatherly love and discipline both at the rink and at home.
  • He's here to stay for a while. Therrien was offered a 3 year contract this summer - a big vote of confidence from GM Ray Shero. Those two seem to have a lot of respect for each other and they both share the same vision of what the Penguins can achieve.
Personally, I like Therrien. I think he's done a great job bringing our talent together and helping players reach their full potential. Gotta love the accent too!

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