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Therrien wants to “bring back intensity, pride and discipline” to the Habs

Jun 5, 2012, 3:51 PM EST

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Michel Therrien called today an “important day for myself, my family, and my close friends” at the press conference announcing his hiring as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

Suffice to say it’s almost an important day for the Habs following a disastrous season that saw them finish 28th overall, ahead of only Columbus and Edmonton.

Therrien said his intentions are to “bring back intensity, pride and discipline” to the storied club and called it “an honor to coach the Montreal Canadiens.”

Of course, Therien’s had that honor before – he coached the Habs from 2000 until he was fired in January of 2003. But he said he’s changed since then.

“It goes with maturity,” said Therrien, whose contract reportedly spans three years. “I got a lot of experience coaching that club before and I brought that experience and knowledge when I left Montreal.”

The 48-year-old’s hiring hasn’t exactly been met with universal approval by the fans, but at least he’s saying all the right things so far.

Now that new general manager Marc Bergevin has picked his head coach, his attention will turn to the the draft (June 22-23), where the Canadiens will choose third overall.

  1. treydogg97 - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    “DOES HE SPEAK FRENCH?!?!?!?”

  2. drewsylvania - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    He’s going to have to fire half the team to get those three things. But most of the roster isn’t actually under contract, so he may get his wish.

  3. govtminion - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    You know what? I hope accomplishes those goals. And I’m saying that as a Bruins fan. I miss that rivalry- right now the Habs are a mess from the top down, and I hope they’re back to being a top team soon. It sucks when your archrival is in the tank- that fury and excitement is gone from the games. I want that back- so I want the Habs back. Go Therrien!

    (I’d hoped for the same from the Leafs with Burke running the show, but I’ve all but given up on seeing that rivalry come back to life anytime soon.)

    • habsman - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      Thanks, I hope the rivalry is resumed soon as well. Just remember, it was only last year that overtime was needed in games 6 and 7 for the B’s to move on, without arguably our best forward (MaxPac) and Dman (Markov). The Habs aren’t that far off the pace IMO. Time will tell.

      • govtminion - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        Getting rid of some of the albatross contracts like Gomez is a great start- buying that out is going to be like swallowing a pinecone, but it has to be done if the team is going to get anywhere in rebuilding.

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