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Therrien fumes about Rangers watching a Habs practice

May 24, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

Michel Therrien AP

The drama keeps building between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers as they approach Sunday’s Game 4.

If talk of dirty hits, taking advantage of injuries and excessive slashing didn’t stir the pot enough, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien asked members of the Rangers to stop viewing a Montreal practice, claiming that his opponents broke a “gentleman’s agreement” though not an actual rule.

The Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross explains how the situation played out:

Shortly after the start of the Canadiens’ practice this afternoon at Madison Square Garden, an upset Canadiens coach Michel Therrien asked/demanded that Rangers assistant Ulf Samuelsson not watch his team practice.

After that, Rangers GM Glen Sather came out to watch the Canadiens practice and assistant Dan Lacroix did too, with Canadiens goaltender coach Stephane Waite informing Therrien there were still Rangers’ personnel watching. Afterward, Therrien cited a “gentleman’s agreement” between the playoff combatants to not watch each other’s off-day practices.

Therrien notes that game day is different, but clearly this situation rubbed him the wrong way.

“It’s respect for coaches that want to make adjustments between games,  and it’s always been like that and that’s the way it is,” Therrien said.

There may have been some concern about Habs drumming up enough ire against the Rangers after that heated series against their historic rivals from Boston heading into this conference finals matchup, those concerns can be put to rest.

Really, any doubts about there being some healthy distaste and maybe unhealthy vitriol were probably erased when Chris Kreider collided with Carey Price.

  1. terrier92 - May 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    The Montreal Canadians are the undisputed drama queens of the NHL.

    Please Rangers eliminate them and put an end to it until October

    • billsin20xx - May 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      These teams are having so much fun abusing each other. It’t too bad one of them will probably get eliminated in 4 games by whoever wins the west!

      • billsin20xx - May 24, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        How can anyone thumbs down this, do you really think these teams are even close in talent to the Hawks or even the Kings?

    • mackattack29 - May 24, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      I’m no fan of the habs but people whine more about the supposed whining the habs fans are doing than habs fans actually whine. It just gets old on both sides. The habs have more than enough reasons to be annoyed with the classless rags.

    • homieshome - May 26, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      LOL Drama queens, that’s hilariously true. I bet the Rangers personnel were only doing this just to piss this guy off. He’s such a whiny loser.

  2. geejon - May 24, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Jesus the Canadiens never shut the f up do they? No wonder no one in the league can stand anyone in that organization.

    • puckluckpost - May 25, 2014 at 12:32 AM

  3. luz56 - May 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Typical Sather…..if it’s a gentleman’s agreement then that’s what it is…. There is stuff that isn’t considered “rules” in all sports that teams usually abide by.. Sather is an over rated GM that was fortunate to have Fraser as his director if scouting..

  4. nybadger - May 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    …and to think I considered MTL my second favorite NHL team as recently as a week ago. Stop your constant crying!

    • sixchr - May 24, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      What a mistake that was.

  5. newgod99 - May 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Man this gets old. What are they worried about. The Rangers now know how they’re going to dive for Sundays game.

  6. billiam55 - May 24, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    …………yet there was never an agreement to begin with.

  7. 950003cups - May 24, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Sounds like Sather was trying to annoy him. Why else would the whole rangers family show up?

  8. heynyc61 - May 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Omg. No wonder the rest if canada dislikes you

  9. hockeyflow33 - May 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Ugh, how does anyone ever root for this team?

  10. drewsylvania - May 24, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    No agreement, implied or not, was broken. In order for there to be a gentlemen’s agreement, there needs to be “gentlemen” on both sides. The Habs clearly do not have any.

  11. sixchr - May 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    If for some reason you didn’t hate the Montreal Canadiens before this series started then you must by now. My god the crying has been nonstop since game 1.

  12. bleedrangerblue - May 24, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    The rangers broadcast there practice on blueshirts united. I watched the whole practice at work. I’m sure they have seen the Rangers practice as well.

  13. mackattack29 - May 24, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Really disrespectful by the rags. Can’t wait for them to get thrashed by the habs and I’m not even a fan of either team lol. Stepan is faking and the rags couldn’t do anything to stop prust even if they wanted too. All they do is whine to the refs and apparently hit the refs too. They are THE most disrespectful organization in the league today.

    • 19to77 - May 24, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Man, I hope you get checked in the jaw sometime so you can come on here and talk s–t about Stepan faking it some more. Please, by all means, elaborate on his diabolical plan to get a metal plate surgically inserted in his jaw just to fake out the Habs.

  14. thesportsjudge - May 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Who exactly thinks Therrien is either respected or respectable?

  15. bills4 - May 24, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    @macattack…… Your are clearly either an idiot or on drugs! I realize you are having a hard time understanding and following the game ever since they stopped highlighting the puck with blue streaks as it moved but please stop posting crap and just sit back in your French made rocking chair and watch the game while enjoying your maple flavored soda, eh!

  16. steelcity333 - May 24, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    If this is true this sounds a lot like something the New England Patriots would do. I’m sure all you New York fans wouldn’t like it if Patriot players were caught watching a Jets or Giants practice or if Therrien was caught watching a Rangers practice.

    • thesportsjudge - May 24, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Let it go dude, just let it go.

    • dboldave - May 24, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Haha, Pittsburgh just won’t let it go!

      • steelcity333 - May 24, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Let what go? The Rangers kicked our behinds the last 3 games if that’s what you want to hear. I let that go awhile ago. If this were the other way around you’d be screaming your heads off that Montreal is spying on you. But let me guess, this happens all the time around the league, right?

    • dboldave - May 24, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      I was referring to you bringing up the Patriots spying. You guys have been harping on that for years now. Move on!

    • drewzducks - May 24, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      You’re obviously the only Pitt fan who has never heard Bill Cowher’s opinion and explanation on what the Pat’s were doing, which was basically what other teams were openly doing.

      He told the guys that he doesn’t blame Belichick or the Patriots at all for trying to get a leg up on other teams during the “Spygate” years, and that he doesn’t see their doing so as the reason that they defeated the Steelers in the 2004 AFC Championship game.

      “We didn’t lose the game because of any Spygate, because of them having any additional things,” Cowher said. “I think if they’re guilty of anything, they’re guilty of arrogance, because they were told not to do something. But it was something that everybody does. The only thing they got caught [was] doing it with a camera. We had people that always tried to steal signals. Stealing someone’s signals was a part of the game, and everybody attempted to do that.

      “Part of the things we had [were] wristbands that we were using to do it. It’s not even an element anymore because of the communications that take place on the field to the quarterback, to the linebacker. So it’s an element of the game that doesn’t exist, and really, what happened when we lost that game is they outplayed us, and it has nothing to do with stealing signals, or cheating, or anything else. They were a better football team on that day.”

      • steelcity333 - May 25, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        Jesus, I didn’t think people would take that post so seriously. It was more of a joke than anything. Of course you still have to play the game on the field. “Spying” will only get you so far.

    • drewsylvania - May 25, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Somebody take your keyboard away, it’s only typing old posts from 2003.

  17. rahavort - May 24, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Ah now THIS is the Therrien that everybody is used to. Waaaahhhhhhhhh, Waaaahhhhhhhh

  18. flowerdew - May 24, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Accidentally reported a comment – sorry! Entirely too easy to do on a touch screen – it would be nice if there were some confirmation option before the report was sent.

  19. bleedrangerblue - May 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Again people the Rangers broadcast their practice. Habs are a bunch of p””sys!

  20. nyfinest911 - May 24, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    What a bunch of effn cry baby’s. They know time is short for there season. Just trying to stir the pot I guess. Montreal the end is near.

  21. Nofoolnodrool - May 24, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    What do you expect it’s NY….no class ..all ass”

  22. bigblueapple - May 24, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    There IS an “unwritten rule” about not attending each other’s off-day practices. I wasn’t sure about it but according to Don Cherry (who may be ignorant in a lot of ways, but is someone that would know about a situation like this) there is in fact an unwritten rule between playoff combatants to not attend off day practices.

    Cherry (a Hab hater) said and I quote: “Absolutely, it’s a gentleman’s agreement, that NEVER happens… That’s really chintzy. I can’t believe Vigneault does that and it will never happen again.”

    Therrien said and I quote: “When we saw those assistant coaches there, they were not ‘supposed’ to be there. So we let them know.”

    Obviously this hasn’t happened in this series previously, or you would have heard about it prior. Bottom line is, the plot (dirtiness) thickens.

  23. stakex - May 24, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Does this guy do anything other than whine to the media? As several people have already pointed out, the Rangers practice is broadcast on the internet…. which I’m sure the Canadians have watched. Also, there is no rule against watching another teams practice.

  24. dubblelznhell - May 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Shouldn’t be allowed to watch other teams practice anyway. If this were the NFL, there’d be a spygate scandal.

    • ishippineapples - May 24, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      Thank goodness this is nothing like the NFL. Football players can’t even use water bottles by themselves. Now that I mention it, water-boys may included in the next CBA …

    • theghostofwillisreed - May 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      how is it spygate if they were actually watching practice and not taping it?

      never mind the fact you still have to execute so even if you know what your opponent will do, it comes down to stopping it.

      therrien is grasping for bulletin board material. moving on…

  25. gbart22 - May 24, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    One can never expect the rangers to ever act in a classy manor. Sather is a scumbag and has been for a long time.

    • bigblueapple - May 25, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Truth be told, if he was in a city that focused more on hockey, he would have been fired ages ago.

      • theghostofwillisreed - May 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        yet the garden is always sold out…

  26. charlie24zz - May 25, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    This just in…Therrien voted world’s biggest monster

  27. joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Are you all telling us that if you were an NHL coach preparing your team for the next game that you wouldn’t mind if the other team was watching? Really! Wow! Talk about having a low hockey IQ.

  28. johnstone17 - May 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    What would this guy know about being a gentleman?

  29. djshnooks - May 25, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    The Rangers are a bunch of scumbags.

    Every single one of them…especially Krieder. He deserves to get his bell rung, bad…cheap son of a b***ch.

    Must be hard to win when you cheat?!?

    I hope Montreal slaughters these d-bags…wipe the ice with their face.

    And I hate Montreal.

  30. adamfrantz - May 26, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    I don’t know how this is an issue. Before every regular season and playoff game the broadcasters from the visiting team and their scouting staff (on every team) typically watch the home team practice. Let alone there is no rule that prevents recording practices…I would think that NHL teams have cameras all around their arena. Most teams still have open practices…Therrien just doesn’t like sharing and wanted to cause more drama to take everyone’s eyes off the fact that he’s a mediocre coach that gets by on only being effective for two and a half before his players realize how much of a tool he is.

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