Posts Tagged ‘Michel Therrien’

Top Line: James Reimer NHL’s best goalie; Crosby no Kid; more links

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James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs backup James Reimer now leads the NHL with a .947 save percentage. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Is James Reimer the best goalie in hockey right now? The numbers make an interesting case, even if they can’t earn him the starter’s job in Toronto.

• Ten years after scoring the goal that made him famous, Sidney Crosby is no longer The Kid. But he remains the game’s most compelling star.

• He’s not exactly letting the cat out of the bag here, but Team USA GM David Poile strongly implied that one New York Ranger was a lock for Sochi, and two others are in the running for spots.

• The goals aren’t flowing yet for New York’s reunited top line, but the chances are coming for Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan. The trio has turned in three consecutive strong performances since the return of Nash from IR, giving the Blueshirts hope that their offense might soon get out of first gear.

• A pair of losses has done more than end an 8-1-1 hot streak in Phoenix. It revealed a long-festering problem that threatens to undermine their bid for a playoff spot in the tough Pacific race.

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  • Published On Nov 25, 2013
  • Canadiens coach Michel Therrien may know what he’s doing with P.K. Subban

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    P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens

    P.K. Subban’s pride may be hurt by having to sit late in close games, but his team comes first. ( Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    You know how it is with the NBA. Watch the final four or five minutes of any game and you’ve probably seen all the drama.

    It’s getting to be the same way with the Montreal Canadiens.

    The biggest story in La Belle Province these days isn’t whether the Habs won or lost, but whether Michel Therrien played P.K. Subban in the dying minutes of a close contest. Because, in a lot of games lately, the coach of the Canadiens has concluded that it’s safer to glue the All-Star’s behind to the bench during crunch time.

    Subban, you might recall, won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL last season, making him the sort of guy most coaches would want on the ice with the game on the line. Of course, no one is suggesting he won that award because of his unmatched shutdown abilities. He is, first and foremost, an offensive weapon, someone who helps keep the puck out of his net by moving it as far from his zone as possible.

    But that hasn’t been enough for Therrien.

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  • Published On Nov 07, 2013
  • Top Line: Reeling Blues about to catch hell, sinking Sharks, more links

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    St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is furious.

    House of horror in St. Louis: Will the skidding Blues turn coach Ken Hitchcock into a psycho? (Scott Kane/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • “This is the homestand from hell,” said St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock after his team wet the bed for the fifth straight game. Sounds like the Blues are about to meet Angry Hitch. Ask some old Dallas Stars how much fun that will be.

    • “Well, this one sucks,” replies Sharks’ coach Todd MacLellan.

    • Life in a shooting gallery is really getting to Ryan Miller…no, wait, this is the right link.

    • Michel Therrien has changed his act and it seems to be working out pretty well for the Habs.

    • Henrik Sedin is on the verge of making history in Vancouver.

    • An injury to James Reimer took the polish off an otherwise impressive–and rare–home win for the Maple Leafs. Tim Wharnsby has a few ideas how to make the ACC more hospitable for the Buds.

    • Damien Cox follows up with a strong piece on how the Maple Leafs are finally getting it right.

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  • Published On Feb 12, 2013