Thread: Confirmed with Link: Therrien as new Habs Head Coach
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06-05-2012, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Dirty Danglez View Post
I hope Bergevin hired therrien for the new coach he will become and not for the coach he was. How will this attract UFAs? who would actually choose to play for therrien??
Indeed. He was a feared coach in Pittsburgh. Not the kind of coach you actually want to play for.

And Therrien is culpable, too. He alienated players with his approach to interpersonal relationships and, while no one has to like his or her boss to work hard at their job and do it effectively, motivating subordinates primarily through fear and verbal abuse isn't likely to make them willing to go through a wall for the boss.
Bylsma isn't as in-your-face and caustic with players as Therrien could be, but, when he sees something he doesn't like, he makes it known. "He's a teaching coach," Player 2 said. "If something goes wrong, he's going to teach a guy the right away, as opposed to just kicking and screaming and yelling at him and not have a guy know what's going on."
Bylsma is, by nature, more upbeat and outgoing than Therrien. One player recalled being struck by the symbolism and substance of seeing the door to the head coach's office propped open when he reported to Mellon Arena for the first practice of the Bylsma era.
Bylsma also took a decidedly different approach to relationships with his personnel. Players say Therrien would berate at least some guys when he was displeased with them; Bylsma wasn't afraid to point out mistakes, but was more tactful and positive about it.

That being said, many also said he brought much needed structure and discipline to the young Pittsburgh team that contributed considerably to their successes. So I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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