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Therrien sounds like he wants more of everything from Vanek

May 3, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens didn’t get a great game from Thomas Vanek in Game 1 and with his history of success against the Boston Bruins, it came as a bit of a surprise.

Vanek had no points or shots on goal in 18:58 in the Canadiens’ 4-3 double-overtime win and judging by what Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said ahead of this afternoon’s Game 2, Vanek will need to show a lot more to impress him as Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press writes.

“One thing that’s not negotiable with our team … work ethic is not negotiable, attitude is not negotiable and competing is not negotiable,” Therrien said. “This is something we ask from every player on our hockey team. We have to make sure that everyone brings those elements to every single shift and every single game.”

Therrien twice stressed he wasn’t talking specifically about Vanek, but the message seemed clear that’s who the message was intended for.

Vanek has a goal and two assists in the playoffs, but his performance in Game 1 against Boston wasn’t inspiring. When he’s at his best, he’s one of the top scorers in the league and that’s what Therrien and the Habs need from him against the league’s best team in the regular season.

  1. earpaniac - May 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    He didn’t even have a sog? Wow.

  2. joey4id - May 3, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Ahem! Montreal vs Colorado March 18th

    joey4id – Mar 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM
    Vanek wasn’t the hardest working forward, but was at the right place at the right time. He looked like a guy who just wanted to get through the game without getting hurt. He battles when he’s 10 feet from the net,but, rest of the time he was avoiding the boards like it was the plague. When the puck wasn’t in the offensive zone he was in no way battling. Look at how a player plays without the puck, and how he positions himself around the puck over 200 feet and you’ll get a very good assessment of his complete level. If Vanek would play with intensity of a Gallagher he would be a freaken superstar.

    Minnesota can have this guy.

    • timmyp716 - May 3, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      As a Sabres fan I hated that they gave this guy an avg of $7 million a year for 7 years.He didnt deserve it then and still doesnt deserve it. They should have let edmonton have him and we could have had all those number one picks for half the amount.

      • joey4id - May 3, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        No way he deserves that amount of money. I don’t know that Yeo would want this floater on his team.

  3. nj666 - May 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    just look forward to a Vanek to Minnesota deal this summer of clarksonian proportions…

  4. muckleflugga - May 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    and today’s dipsh it of the day award goes toooooo

    joeyfoureyes

    • joey4id - May 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Yes siree. joeyfoureyes is right again. 💋 😜

  5. djshnooks - May 3, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Vanek was worth $7 mill in his prime.

    He’s not in his prime anymore.

    And I’d rather be on the path the Sabres are on now, than have Edmonton’s young players. I’m happy right where we are.

    And the thought of Vanek and maybe Miller joining Pominville, Moulson and McCormick all out in Minnesota is hilarious to me.

    • timmyp716 - May 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Every year after he signed that contract minus 2010 his production went down. Hes had 2 decent to really good seasons since signing his entry level contract.

      • timmyp716 - May 3, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        And now im done talking about him because its like hes trying to prove me wrong right now in this game

  6. muckleflugga - May 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    looks like he has a shot on goal now

  7. muckleflugga - May 3, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    whoops … make that two shots on goal

    • timmyp716 - May 3, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      yeah i see that………..friggin vanek only does this when i bash him

      • joey4id - May 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        That’s Vanek. He battles when he’s within 10 feet of the net. Rest of the time he floats.

  8. muckleflugga - May 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    joey4id

    eat it expert … or drag out another of your famous quotes

    or contact les canadiens, i’m sure they could use your expertise after choking-back an easy win

    • joey4id - May 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      Ok. On it. thanks for the insightful advice. where would i be without you? 💋 😉

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