I know MT and his methods have been discussed elsewhere but I figured I'd start this thread. Here are the questions I'm proposing: 1.Will MT be extended? If so, how long? 2. a)If he is, will we continue to be a playoff team and will it hurt or help our youth development? b)If he is not, who will be the likely candidates to replace him? ______________________ My take: Therrien IMO was a good choice at the time for the HC position. He has a track record of working well with youth and he likes to play a grittier, more aggressive game; something the Habs are looking to embrace in the Bergevin era. His first year ended with regular season success, however I felt the meltdown in the playoffs occurred (among other reasons) because he refused to adjust, he was unable to manage the media circus and he let our players fall into the trap of fighting/gong show hockey. While I think his approach to the game philosophically (seen through his speeches and actions on 24CH,etc) was very good for the youth to understand how to play hard and stand up for themselves, his most glaring flaw is his mismanagement of icetime, stubbornly playing favourites and a refusal/inability to adjust in-game. 1.Will MT be extended? If so, how long? He will be (much to the chagrin of many fans - including myself) unless we have an extremely low finish. I think Bergevin would need to have both several good candidates that would want to come here, and a clear indication that MT is hurting more than helping in order to fire MT. MB's preaching of patience would indicate that he'd be hesitant to fire the guy he brought in after only 2 seasons, especially if we make the playoffs again (which is more likely than unlikely IMO). I think he'll be extended for 2 more years, 3 tops (depending on how we do this year). If we win even one round in the playoffs he's a lock to come back. 2. a)If he is, will we continue to be a playoff team and will it hurt or help our youth development? I think it will hurt their development if he can't give them the minutes. It seems he may be forced into using our young guns with the likely departures of Gionta and Boullion. But even if they go, we're stuck with DD, who is causing lots of problems in the logjam in the forward group, as well as underpreforming on the ice. We can only hope the EGG line forces his hand into promoting them to the official 2nd line, but MTs stubborness makes me think he'll resist, stunting their growth. The blueline might be a different story. To me it looks like Tinordi has proven he belongs in the NHL as at least a #6. There's no going back to the Bulldogs for him IMO. We have a few UFAs to take care of, but there might be more room for him to use the youth on the blueline, depending on the moves MB makes. b)If he is not, who will be the likely candidates to replace him? No idea, this is why I started the thread _____________________________ Feel free to discuss these questions and anything else coaching related.