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03-10-2013, 07:13 AM
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If we manage to land a big UFA during the summer, I personally believe it will be because of MT.

Michel Therrien, so far, has been able to sell his game plan to almost everybody he has dealt with, to very high results.

It started off with Marc Bergevin. You probably know that Crawford was ahead in the runnings for the head coach position, right until Bergevin met Therrien who told him his vision and objectives for the team. That won him the job.

And then, Therrien went to Prust's home on the 1st of July, and told him his vision and objective for the team, and Prust's place in it. Prust wanted to be a more important part of a team than just a 4th liner, so he bought in.

And THEN, Therrien went to his players in the first few matches, and made them buy into his vision of what this team's spirits should be, and how he wants them to perform. He put his cards on the table quickly; benching Eller and putting him on 4th line duty later. Giving Diaz more icetime. Upgrading Gallagher to a role that you wouldn't expect a rookie to get. The more you buy into the system, the more icetime you will get. And it is working.

I believe Therrien will be able to sell his team concept once again to a guy like Perry in the off-season. But now, he'll have a strong NHL season as evidence to show, and promise that he has a plan as to where that UFA should be in this team concept.

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