An Open Letter to Michel Therrien

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Okay Michel, let’s keep this real simple. When you took over as head coach in 2012, I was skeptical of your ability to coach the Canadiens… again. In your first run, you showed no emotion or drive to win, I’ll admit, you didn’t have much to work with back then. However, you are currently working with one of the best Habs teams in a long while, and you are driving them straight into the ground.

You can quote the team’s record all you want, the fact is without Carey Price, you wouldn’t have a job. The most recent loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night is where I have reached my personal breaking point. Your decisions surrounding everything from the line combinations, blatant favoritism towards the veterans on the team,  your inability to change strategies or even admit a mistake and everything in-between has finally driven me to the point of writing this letter.

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People make errors, I get it, the pressure on you must be immense. I do however find it hard to empathize with you, because of the fact that you keep committing the same errors again, and again, and again. Keep in mind, these errors are fixable, your team does in fact have the talent to execute under the right orders, that is where it falls to you and your hand chosen staff to find these errors and work to fix them. If you do find you lack the player/players to be successful, speak to your boss, just do something.

I want to like you Michel, I really do. I can’t however when you’re leading this team into disaster. Admit your mistakes and at least make an attempt to coach this team to its full potential, and I will gladly point out your strengths. Until then, you will most likely still be under scrutiny from most fans, media outlets, and eventually the team. If you’re looking for motivation Michel, just keep in mind, if you can’t make this group into a cup contender, someone else most certainly will.

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3 Responses to An Open Letter to Michel Therrien

  1. Wow.. That’s rough. Absolutely agree, especially looking at this year’s coach roast.. Last thing Canadien’s need is a new coach. He has the ability to find great lines, but enough of strengthening up your top line. That’s a Leafs game and see how they are? No, Canadiens are about making the whole team strong.

    We need youth and experience. And that’s a fine line. Maybe bring Andrighetto back or try another game with Del la Rose? We simply need more energetic players like Gallagher and Galchenyuk.. If we can beat their defence. Montreal will win the cup. Some year?

    Eastcoast89 February 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm Reply
    • The way MB has made his moves, he’s looking to be more of a true contender in 1-3 years. Therrien however makes decisions that make you want to punch your wall and curse the universe.

      Michael Gomez February 6, 2015 at 6:07 pm Reply
  2. Another thing that kills me with Therrien right now is Weise on top line and Galchenyuk still (again) on the LW.
    Galchy let everybody know in trg camp that he was ready & eager to take the next step as a player. This is so damn frustrating that I didn’t bother watching that joke defeat against the Sabres! I’ll watch that leafs vs oilers game tomorrow night at least it will be more exciting than seeing Devils shooting the puck at Carey all night…

    Rheal February 6, 2015 at 8:56 pm Reply

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