What makes you think Therrien doesn't "support" Subban?
Just because he doesn't want to play the media's game and get quoted in the headlines doesn't mean he doesn't support his player. When talking to the media in Montreal Toronto NYR Phillie etc the less said the better for a coach.
Well he has no problems criticizing him in the media so why can't he support him too?
Would be interesting to see how Therrien responds to the same question but about Price.
And he was awarded the Norris trophy on account of reverse-racism (in a context that doesn't involve Team Canada, obviously, but just as a general point).
What's next, other players will be left out because of language?
What a slippery slope.
Reverse rasism is a myth perpetuated by people with no grasp on the concept of actual racism. He won because he was the best defenseman in the league. You don't leave a top 5 defenseman in the league off your national roster, period.
The reservations about Subban are overblown. Which NHL GM wouldn't want Subban if he were available? I can't account for those preferences unless someone in charge of Team Canada prefers vanilla to chocolate.
When did he criticize him in the media? Therrien usually doesn't point players directly.
Criticized him after the CGY game. A reporter said PK said they lost because of him and his stupid penalty, Therrien said he agreed (pretty foolish to put the complete loss of a 60 minute game on a penalty. Not to mention we weren't even leading and the whole team was garbage until PK decide to take full control of the game).
Versus CLB, he said we let the Blue Jackets come back because of a pinch from a Dman (PK) without mentioning that Eller had covered for him but stayed flatfooted at the blueline.
Factor this with the way he used PK, the way he lashed out at him, the way he responded to one of his question. That's why people are saying they have doubts as to how he's being handled.
Yeah it really was a very good read. What seemingly started out as fans noticing MT not playing PK in crucial situations has now started getting media attention which isn't good. I only hope all this BS doesn't eventually run Subban out of town but if it does I can't really blame him for wanting out.
If only his name was David Desharnais or Francis Bouillon instead.
Maybe some dumb putz at the G&M doesn't see it, but do you really think the all star coaches on Hockey Canada payroll can't tell that Therrien is doing a tough-love bad cop coaching routine to make PK a long term better hockey player? Or they can't see PK's play when they scout him?
No, because that's not what Therrien is doing. Therrien believes he is better off with Boullion/Markov on the PK or dying seconds of a game than he is Subban/Markov, this speaks to his incompetence. He was never, ever a good coach, and the young talented team has been winning in spite of coach Therrien.