Second Guessing Therrien’s Firing
This weekend was spent packing, moving, and then unpacking. Needless to say, I was out of the news realm when it came to sports. After arriving at work this morning, I took a look at the latest Penguins news and surprisingly enough I saw the headline that head coach Michel Therrien was fired by the Penguins.
As a fan, I had no problems with Michel Therrien. He took the Penguins within two games of the Stanley Cup last year, and then the season before that he completely turned around a team that had look dreadful the year before. I understand that many players had personal issues with Therrien and also that Therrien was never GM Ray Shero’s choice of coach. However, I have to ask the question why? Why now?
The Penguins are 57 games into the season and in 10th place of the Eastern Conference. The Penguins have had a ton of injuries this year and lost a significant amount of players this past offseason. Is it too much to expect the Penguins to not have had a down year? It seems like people’s expectations of the Penguins team and Therrien might have been too much. Yes, the Penguins have two of the best players in the league with Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, but they can’t do it alone. Many of the problems this year occured because of player depth. Replacing Ryan Malone and Marian Hossa with Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko was definintely not a fair trade off and the amount of role players the Penguins lost is significant.
With all that said, I find it a little difficult to believe that a team that has been preaching building a team for the “long term” was so quick to fire Therrien. Could it have at least waited until after the season? Luckily, that’s the great thing about being a fan, we get to second guess decisions without being held accountable by the actual team.
Regardless of what has gone on the past few days, I only can hope that good comes out of this. I truly believe that the blame for this season can be placed on injuries, under performing playes, etc and not just Michel Therrien.
Someone has to be the escape goat…