Report: Firing Therrien Was ''PLAN B''
We all know that the Montréal Canadiens were struggling, with only 2 wins at their 12 last games (including losses to Atlanta & Buffalo recently) and something had to be done to shake this team.
We all heard that coach Michel Therrien has been fired and replaced by Hamilton Bulldogs’ coach Claude Julien, but according to ”Les Amateurs De Sports, AM 550” André Savard only took the decision after the loss against Philadelphia. And if Montréal had won the game, Therrien would still be behind the bench today. The source also stated that firing Therrien was the ”PLAN B”…In fact, André Savard days earlier tried to make a significant trade to shake his team. Only problem, the trade fell short and then he had no choice but to fire Therrien.
The trade in question was involving the Chicago Blackhawks. In this trade, Savard was trying to acquire what Montréal DESPERATELY need, which is the big power forward to put on the first line along with Montréal’s small players like Saku Koivu and Richard Zednik. Add to that this player is from Quebec and is talented. You probably guessed it already, the guy Savard was trying to acquire was Eric Dazé from Chicago.
Unfortunately it has been impossible to know which players were involved, but sources says Montréal were offering young prospects and/or draft picks (I also heard a 1st rounder).
If he could’ve been able to make this deal, Savard would’ve not fired Therrien. Or even if Therrien would’ve won the game against Philly, he’d still be there, so it’s safe to say that it wasn’t what Savard really wanted at first.
Concerning Julien, who won everywhere he’s been coaching, he should make a great job behind the bench in Montréal. According to several NHL experts, Julien would’ve been one of the most wanted coach in the NHL this summer…