Michel Therrien needs to be replaced. There, I said it, and I'm probably not the only one to say it, let alone think it. The way he constantly changes up the lines makes me wonder if he thinks he is playing NHL 2008 on XBox 360. Players grow accustomed to playing with the same linemates, and that chemistry can be lost when lines are always undergoing change.
Then he called out Ryan Whitney, one of the Pens top defensemen, "A guy like Ryan Whitney is going to have to be more aggressive around the net," he said. "He's not aggressive at all. It cost [us] the game." I don't like it when coaches call out players who make mistakes; clearly Therrien has made plenty in his tenure. It seems as though Therrien randomly chooses who he should start in goal based on nothing but a hunch. He doesn't look at numbers, and makes the changes that leave us fans scratching our heads.
Therrien has always been known as a great coach of mediocre players, getting the best out of a player much like Bob Knight has. Therrien rarely coaches a superstar, and the Penguins seem to have multiple superstars on the team. Maybe calling out Whitney was his attempt to take back over the locker room. This might not be so bad, but it should have been done in the privacy of his own locker room with no media around. When you call out a star player like Whitney to the media, it makes me wonder if the players even listen to him at all anymore.
Therrien needs to make a long run in the playoffs; otherwise the Penguins need to fire him. I'm tired of having the talent to win the cup but not having the coaching or right strategy to win it.