Just checked his post-game interview on RDS.ca. Someone asked him about the rookies not playing a lot in the first period and I loved his answer.
Long story short he wanted to make sure they did not have to face Ovechkin in the first period since that line could potentially be dangerous. As the game went on they got more play time and even though they did not register a point, I thought they played very well. Very happy with our handling of the rookies so far. Love that when the Habs are in advance they get 1st PP duties as well. Very good for the confidence.
I will admit I was pissed big time when he got the job. Thought it was a horrible idea.
Then I read about how he had mellowed a bit and learned from his part experiences. Lots of smart hockey minds said he was a good choice. I was feeling a bit better, especially considering we had a few guys needing a kick in the pants.
So far I have been impressed with the style of play, adjustments on the PP(last year it was downright out of Pee wee) and bench mangement. He has them playing a style of game I like and that should have them winning more than losing.
It doesn't hurt that Price is 200% better than the start of last year(strange considering no preseason) and Markov is well, like, back to being Markov.
its still far to early to make any judgements, but I do like what I've seen from him. He's brought more visible passion than Martin brought, but he hasn't flown off the handle and it certainly looks like he's been able to bring himself out of the moment more than he use to. I like the consistent effort of the team these past 2 games and his use of lines (specifically giving the Gally line more ice-time when the Habs have the game wrapped up to give them experience).
I can`t believe that is the same man.......He is SO much calmer behind the bench now days......I watched him here in Fredericton back in the days when he was throwing things on the ice etc. etc....But he certainly has matured and is a FANTASTIC COACH ! He`s doing a great job playing the right guys at the right time IMO...He`s not afraid to try new players on the PP (love it !)....It`s been a long time since I`ve seen 4 balanced lines in Montreal and he`s a huge reason why. HERE`S TO A FANTASTIC SEASON MICHELE !!
Ya right...better then his first tour here? Ya I can concede that but he ain't fantastic.
ya ok, he was cursing out someone during the FLA game. "What are you looking at? What the ***k are you looking at?" I actually appreciate his mean, aggresive side though. It's a nice change from Martin's passive, calm personality. That 'take no crap' attitude trickles into the entire lineup.
People that spend more than 5 sec talking about Therrien saying " What the **** are you looking at" without a sence if humor have SERIOUS social problems and a lack of self-confidence. Therrien brought back passion to the team and if he has to yell at players a couple times during the season, so be it.
He had been surprisingly in total control of his team so far... th eonly things i can complaint from my pov is the usage of armstrong and moen who have been almost invisible (like litterally invisible) i hope he benches armstrong and puts eller instead with gallagher and galchenyuk (i think he may feel like he has to show up the kids he can play) and put prust with moen and white.
Could be interesting dont mind much about bouillon... outside of the pp of course. Emelin deserves a real test.
But i am not complaining at all. He has been in control i am sure he would handle subban a lot better than JM.
Therrien is one of the boys, they're all in it together... and the players are working hard for him. This team has chemistry and they seem to be playing for each other, you can't pick that up at the trade deadline. It's invaluable. He has as much to prove as the guys on the ice do. Good for MT, hopefully we don't **** on him too much when they lose a couple of games.
Wasn't very happy about this hire but I must admit MT has changed big time since last time around. He is in much more control this time and adjusts in game a lot faster making better decisions
Originally Posted by Tim Wallach
After Carbonneau and Martin, this team desperately needed two things from a coach:
1) Someone who appreciates speed and aggression
2) Someone who can manage ice time and reward effective players instead of playing favorites with his plugs.
So far, he is a big upgrade on both counts. On #2, I fear he's leaning on Bouillon a bit more than I'd like, but the guy competes, so I'm not totally upset about that.
I was not a fan of MT when he was hired and i know it's only three games into the season but I'm not looking at the results. I'm looking at the way the team is playing. And I'm really impressed. Speed, aggression and smart coaching is refreshing.
I said it in another post but I'm floored by MT's maturity.
Well for one I love how he's dealing with Galchenyuk and Gallagher. Giving them ice time when it's right and even PP time. So far I like that he's trying to build the team around 4 trios that each bring something to the table, something we haven't seen from JM and RC.