Therrien blows a gasket
Therrien has a reputation as a hothead, a disciplinarian, but I can't see how a public lambasting like this is going to help the club. It reminds me of Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella laying into John Grahame, something that has hardly helped his starting goaltender.
"I'm really starting to believe the goal of our defense is to be the worst defensive squad in the league," [Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Michel] Therrien said. "They're doing the best job to be the worst defensive squad in the league.
"They turn the puck over. They have no vision. They suck. I've never seen a bunch of defensemen suck like this. The guys don't care. They pretend to care, but I know they don't care."
The way GM Craig Patrick assembled the club's defence core, it wasn't hard to see the Penguins would struggle on the blue line. Lyle Odelein is still playing a regular shift in the NHL. 22-year-old defenceman Ryan Whitney has played nearly 24 minutes a night. 'Soft' defencemen Rick Jackman, Sergei Gonchar and Dick Tarnstrom bring far too many of the same elements to a club in need of far more sandpaper. Team speed is also a huge issue.
How does a coach deal with that? It's time for Therrien to bring up some hardworking bodies from his former club, the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He's also got to temper his tirades lest he get into the kind of trouble he found at the end of his tenure with the Montreal Canadiens.
UPDATE Things could get ugly considering the start the Penguins have had in Columbus tonight. After Rick Nash scores 10 seconds in, David Vyborny gives the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead less than five minutes in on a short-handed marker. Unbelievable.
Career minor leaguer Dany Sabourin is in goal for the Pens as Jocelyn Thibault's season looks over due to another hip injury.