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Au Revoir, Michel

February 15, 2009

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Michel Therrien got the axe. Dan Bylsma was named interim head coach. Until this evening, Bylsma was in his first year as head coach of the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. Assistant coach Mike Yeo and goaltending coach Gilles Meloche will remain on the coaching staff and will be joined by new assistant coach Tom Fitzgerald, the Penguins’ former director of player development.

There has been much speculation about what is wrong with the Penguins this season. What is the source of their funk? Did they give up on Therrien? Apparently the front office thinks so.

And I think so, too. I’ve mentioned here before that Therrien really sucked up a storm this year. The team faced a slew of injuries and had a number of new faces in the lineup. They needed consistency and Therrien wasn’t giving it. Not to mention all the rumors about the bad blood between Therrien and various Penguins. When a team lacks motivation and effort, it’s a sign that something is wrong with the coaching.

Why did Shero & co. wait so long to fire him? Who knows. What matters is that he’s gone now.

It may take a while to adjust to Bylsma as a coach. No more line juggling? Whatever will we do?

To be fair, Therrien did have his moments. Umm, Stanley Cup finals?

Au revoir, merci et bonne chance, Michel.

Tomorrow: Penguins @ Islanders. 2:00pm. Go Pens.

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