Farewell Michel: Habs #FireTherrien

The Habs have officially fired head coach Michel Therrien.

“Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth

Ooh, heaven is a place on earth…”


All About The Habs brings to you: the column that I, personally, have been waiting to write since the day I took this job…


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, put your trousers back on, wash off your beer showers, call your sons, call your daughters, call your friends, call your neighbors.  The Montreal Canadiens have thrown the sour fridge contents months (years) after expiration date and fired Michel Therrien.  The individual that broke your hearts for over four years has been dismissed on Valentine’s Day and there is an absolute lovefest consuming the city of Montreal and all across the Canadiens compass.


We all know how dismal his record has been as of late.  We know how ineffective and outdated Michel Therrien’s system is.  We know how blatantly insulting to our intelligence and our decency as human beings it has been to witness Therrien in action and to listen to him praise the system whenever they win and then blame “a lack of execution” when they lose.  We have witnessed an arrogant bully throw his weight around when millions questioned his every move, knowing his job was safe because the general manager was his amigo.  At long *censored* last, he has pulled his final straw, burned his lone standing bridge and used his last lifeline.


Even Marc Bergevin had seen enough.  His idle inactivity has ceased and those banging down the door for the man to take action have heard the news with a look on their collective face like they opened that one last present under the tree, finding a 1938 official Red Ryder carbine action 200 shot range model air rifle with a compass on it.


So as the Montreal Canadiens begin to gear up for Claude Julien 2.0, we raise our glass here at All About The Habs to you; the ones that have sat there, screaming from the bowels of your lungs for this day until every last ounce of oxygen left your system and all you were left with were the echoes of the dead silence around you, beginning to believe that this day would never show its face and that the sun would not –in fact– come out tomorrow.  For those of you that watched this team mistakenly choose an inept, incompetent coach that will not likely be seen behind an NHL bench ever again because his qualifications are so lacking and unfulfilling over your favorite player and the best defenceman this franchise had seen since Chris Chelios.  For those of you that watched a team forced to play such an ineffective system that they could never see an individual –let alone a collective effort– provide Carey Price with the offensive support that he so direly needed.


For those of you that watched any fleeting Stanley Cup hope or dream that you were finally able to muster up over the last two decades of unimaginable purgatory that eventually went straight to hell under Michel Therrien and knowing that the window to make it happen is here and now with this being step one…


This one is for you.  We salute you.  We have been here with you every step of the way and we will be right at your side to see just how Claude Julien’s second tenure in Montreal unfolds.  A coach that has finished top five in the league in goal scoring since 2008-09 has found his way (back) to Montreal and now we await the hopeful, fruitful results of offence that would be a shock to the system of a beast that once expected nothing less than top of the heap and beyond.


We are right here with you and we will be bringing you all the news going forwards and calling every game along the way.  Your wishes, your hopes, your dreams and your prayers have fallen upon able ears on this day.  Take a drink, take a breath, stand up and shout for far contrasting reasons than you had been since at least December, get “turnt” and just do what you wish.  Live the natural intention of the human experience.  Let yourself soak in the happiness, the energy and the positive vibes/aura all around you.  As previously said, Montreal is a lovefest on this day and the party capital of Canada is not about to stop on just this day.  This whole bye week just went from anxious relaxation to alleviated celebration and we are happy to share it with you.




Happy retirement, Michel.  Believe anyone and everyone that tells you that you deserve it.  Just look at the smiles on our faces.  It will not be going away anytime soon.


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5 Responses to Farewell Michel: Habs #FireTherrien

  1. I’m sorry but Michel Therrien was never as bad as a lot of fans made him out to be. He brought us to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since the 90s. If Kreider hadn’t run into Price that year, we could have been in the Stanley Cup Finals. Montreal continues to hold a perfect record against Toronto, going back around 3 years now. In the last 2 seasons, we had some of our best starts in the history of the entire franchise. Our PP, last I looked, is ranked 4th overall in the entire League. Therrien might have had some problems this year, but you can’t just throw him under the bus. He has some of the most wins out of all of the coaches we’ve ever had. Top 10 at least, in winning percentage. Even this year, with Price’s struggles, we’ve still managed to win games and stay above .500 and at the top of the Atlantic Division. So whether you want to believe it or not, Therrien’s record speaks for itself. He may not have won us a Stanley Cup but he was still one of our better coaches.

    Richard Owen February 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm Reply
    • So basically what you’re saying is that Therriens system is dependent on Price because he really has no system? The team starts off with a bang because the other teams aren’t familiar with the play, then the adapt, Mt doesn’t. They falter. No pk to blame, Price isn’t going to be blamed. Eller is gone. Berg has done everything to give Therrien what he claimed he needed to win, but in the end, the same results happened. Start out with a bang then falter. It was long past time for MT to go.

      C'mon now February 14, 2017 at 8:35 pm Reply
  2. Lame

    Toe Blake February 14, 2017 at 8:40 pm Reply
    • *sigh* You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Michel Therrien had the 4th most wins out of every single coach in Montreal History. Michel Therrien had a lot of playoff success for Montreal. You realize that since his return to Montreal in 2012, he made the playoffs every year except last year, right? His first year with Montreal took Montreal from Last Place in the Eastern Conference to the NorthEast Division Champions. You realize Michel Therrien’s overall winning% with the Montreal Canadiens is .731 right? Do you know how many other coaches in Montreal’s history had a winning% higher than that? Only 1, Scotty Bowman. You can hate Therrien all you want but you have to realize he has one of the best records of all time for Montreal Canadiens’ Coaches. A Coach works with what he has available to him. If you have one of the best goalies in the world, then developing a Defensive System that relies a lot on that goalie, is not a bad system. You might want to have some backup systems in place as well, for the games with the backup goalie and in case your main goalie gets injured. And Michel Therrien had back ups in place, it wasn’t his fault last year when half the team got injured all at the same time. Patches still managed to get 30 Goals last year.

      So once again, instead of hating on the guy, let his record speak for itself. If he had won even just 1 Stanley Cup, I’m sure you wouldn’t be complaining about his system or anything he ever did.

      Richard Owen February 14, 2017 at 9:02 pm Reply
  3. you are lost in Therrien BS..why was he hired in the first place..cause he was French Canadian and his buddy MB was doing the hiring.He stated when he was RDS that PK should not be on the team,so what manager hires a coach who wants their best dman gone…well he finally got his wish and now Weber is losing a step and slowing down.When Therrien was in the AHL..he tried to get the opposing teams best player arrested so he would miss the game..he lost the players in Pittsburgh that was why he was run out of town…he was really good the 1st 3 years cause he had the best goalie in the world, but when Price got hurt last year his system fell apart. He loved blaming PK even when it was not his fault. he loved to embarrass the players and was a bully,, his love of DD and playing him in important times was ridiculous….MB tried to give him the exact type of team he wanted and still he can not win with that…it was time for him to go..he lost the dressing room and his dump and chase was a disaster

    Bay_Bye February 14, 2017 at 9:29 pm Reply

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