It’s Time to Fire Therrien

Courtesy: Olivier Jean

Courtesy: Olivier Jean

The title says it all. I’ve had it. We’ve hit rock bottom. By what means do us Habs fans deserve to sit here and be treated in this regard? A team with this much potential certainly does not deserve to be mistreated like this. The numbers most definitely do not lie, the Habs have been nothing but dreadful for the past two months, and face it they will not buck that trend with Therrien still at the reins. In 2014, Montreal’s team Corsi for is an astonishing 46.8. That number alone is very telling and shows how deep the Habs struggles have gone in this calendar year. To put that into perspective for you, that’s 26th in the league. As much as some of you want to tell fans¬†looking at Corsi that Corsi doesn’t win you games, it certainly indicates how a team is playing and also how a coach is using his players. Of course there are outliers and teams that will defy that logic, but it still needs to be evident that numbers don’t lie, and that they can create a story of how a team has played.

Let’s be realistic here, without Subban and Price, this team is definitely left head scratching and praying for a draft lottery miracle. Yet Therrien’s usage of Subban is still so difficult to back up with logic. His treatment of Subban in hockey terms is poor at best, especially when you have to question game in, game out why he isn’t being used on the top penalty killing unit. Easing him in there? Afraid of over usage? ¬†Please, it’s PK Subban were talking about, the reigning Norris trophy winner and he’s got the compete level and drive to play in the high 20’s every single game, but instead we’re giving some of his minutes to Douglas Murray and Franky Bouillon. One question to you, WHY? This pairing alone is one of the scariest pairings in the NHL and I’m not alone in questioning whether either of these two even have a place in this league anymore. There is not a doubt in my mind that Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn offer much more at the NHL level than either of these two can even deem possible. Beaulieu possesses exceptional skating skills and would be a huge asset to the Habs transition game. He can also run the second wave of the Habs powerplay, as he has an adequate point shot and is a great puck distributor, unlike Bouillon who currently runs that wave. Now this is not all a shot at Bouillon and Murray, it’s about their usage as players.

I won’t even begin to discuss his usage for the forwards because Therrien is wasting Pacioretty’s scoring ability playing with Desharnais where instead he is very capable of playing top line minutes with Gionta and Plekanec. Plekanec is an underrated passer and his distribution game would play strongly with Patches ability to take it from the perimeter and drive the net. He has a very elite shot and his release is quite special for such a big winger. Now for all of you bashing Bourque and blaming him for the team’s struggles, that couldn’t be more off as an assumption. Rene is one bad hit away from never playing hockey again, and even worse struggling with brain damage after his hockey career. Cut the guy some slack, he is not the problem here. In the summer, Marc Bergevin (who might I remind you deserves some blame in this too), went out and signed Daniel Briere, who was already on the down swing of his career. Some call it a move because of Briere being a francophone, but that’s yet to be determined. Now Therrien’s usage of Briere is just downright mind-boggling. Briere played his best hockey in his career at the center position, so of course, what does Therrien do, but consistently play Danny on the wing. A player of his size at this late in his career can not transition to doing that properly, it’s just not logical and Therrien should have seen that from a mile away. His usage of the younger, more skilled habs like Galchenyuk and Eller is even more head scratching.

Skill and talent wins hockey games, players like Parros do not, but that’s a debate for another time. It’s not a secret that if you want to win hockey games, you have to manage your bench properly, and that is currently not happening in Montreal. It is just becoming noticeable now because of how bad the team has been as of late, but the numbers have been saying so for a long time.

Lets face it, without Carey Price and PK Subban,
Therrien would have been without a job a long time ago.

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