Morning skate transcript: Michel Therrien


From the NHL/ASAP Sports:


Q. This has obviously become a war of words between coaches as
much as the players on the ice. Yesterday you spoke about Derick Brassard
and spoke about knowing where his injury was today. Alain Vigneault
suggested that if Brassard gets injured tonight, you could be in trouble.
COACH THERRIEN: You know what? Because I was saying the same thing
we said about Carey Price, that they knew before we knew his injuries, and
in the hockey world it’s a small world. It’s a small world, so we knew
exactly what happened to Derick Brassard. And by the way, he’s a good
player. He’s an important player. That line got a lot of success, aganist
the Penguins. He’s a good player. There is no free pass. We’re in the
But the intention is not to hurt the guy. I mean, come on. There is
no hockey player that’s going to go on the ice. There is no hockey coach
going to ask to hurt the player. But you have to play with hard. We have
to play Derick Brassard hard like we have to play all those New York
Rangers hard with emotion and the best playoff hockey. No one’s got a free
pass. I don’t think they gave a free pass to P.K. Subban, all the
cheap shots that he got. I don’t think they gave a free pass to Gallagher.
But that’s okay. It’s the playoffs. It’s the beauty of it. There is a
lot of emotion. And Derick Brassard, let me tell you, he’s a good player,
and we’re going to get to pay attention to him. But there is no — there
is no one wants to see a player get hurt. We don’t want to see Stepan get
hurt. I’m sure they didn’t want to see Carey Price get hurt, but sometimes
those things happen.

Q. There is a difference between hurting and injuring somebody. You
try to hurt somebody. He wants to hurt them.
COACH THERRIEN: What are you talking about?

Q. He’s saying he doesn’t want to be injured, but he wants to feel
the hit. He wants to hurt him.
COACH THERRIEN: You play players hard. That’s the way it is.

Q. I’m saying there is a difference between hurting someone.
COACH THERRIEN: No, you know what? People who follow our team
through the course of the season, we’re a team that we’re disciplined.
We’re a team that plays whistle to whistle, and there is a reason why we’re
here, because of our discipline and because we respect the game. We’re not
going to change anything.

Q. What I’m just saying is when you have someone check somebody, you
want the player that’s being checked to feel it.
COACH THERRIEN: It’s part of hockey.

Q. You want to hurt them. You don’t want to injure them, you want
to hurt them?
COACH THERRIEN: You want to finish your check.

Q. Alain said today there was not a gentleman’s agreement between
the two organizations?
COACH THERRIEN: Who said that?

Q. Alain said it. Obviously you feel differently. Is there a
miscommunication between the two organizations?
COACH THERRIEN: I’m assuming so. Because like I said, my staff and
my coaching staff were under the impression that there is a gentleman’s
agreement. So probably there was a miscommunication. I don’t talk to
coaches. This is things the GM talks about. But from our standpoint, we
still believe that there is a gentleman’s agreement.

Q. How would you describe the current status of your relationship
with Alain Vigneault?
COACH THERRIEN: Good (laughing). No, no. You know what? I’m just
joking. You know what? Alain Vigneault, first of all, he’s a good friend,
and I’m privileged to be one of his friends. He’s an important person in
my life. He’s a guy that pushed for me to get into pro hockey, and I
respect that. Over the years we became great, great friends, and I’ve got
tons of respect for him, and he’s a good coach.
But right now we’re battling for the same thing. The same thing he
wants to get to the Stanley Cup Final with his team, it’s the same thing
for me. We’ve got to put our friendship aside for, what, two weeks? But
I’m sure when everything’s going to be done and everything’s going to be
over, and as soon as we get a chance to see each other, we’re going to have
a nice cold beer, like we did in the past, and nothing’s going to change.
But right now we’re competing for the same goal. That’s normal. It
doesn’t mean that I have no respect for him. I have tons of respect, and
he’s one of the reasons why the Rangers are here, because he’s a good
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  1. Let’s face it, you’re close to the Cup, you do what you can do with what you got. You play mind games, you intimidate, you find an edge.

    As far as AV goes (whom I like), and his Class? So did Willie Randolph have class, and Neville Chamberlain, Jimmy Carter, Brian Trottier, and 250 Ivy League professors who tell you how to do it, but can’t. Just win, baby. Find a way.

  2. If this turd wins this series, I’ll need some Thorozine.

    It’ll be a real tough recovery period for me.

  3. “There is no hockey player that’s going to go on the ice. There is no hockey coach going to ask to hurt the player”

    Funny! That’s the opposite of what Georges Laraque said the other day.

    This guy’s an idiot!

  4. iManny-O-War on

    This is by far the most ridiculous garbage in a long time. Can everybody grow up? There’s a hockey game to play and we’ve got questions about whether the coaches are friends?

  5. iManny-O-War on

    Yea. I get that. It’s just annoying and I hope the players aren’t paying attention

  6. Manny, some the most outlandish comments are emanating from the players in the Montreal locker room l(Gallagher, Briere, Deshardnay, et el.)

  7. Here I am, on a happy Sunday, putting my tomato plants in the ground, and who do I see skulking behind a yew tree? Ulf with an IPad and binoculars.

  8. Now, I’m off to the Beach with the sweetest little grandaughter in the world. I am going to build her a Sandcastle today!!!!

  9. Poor picked-on Subban, looking for zebra protection. Stick a finger down my throat.

  10. And the rosy dawn
    Brings the children on to the beach that’s bright and new
    And the bigfolk know as the castles grow
    They will play once more as the children do

  11. @rangersreport

    BTW, Ulf Samuelsson vs. Montreal Canadiens. Wonder how Boston fans and Cam Neely root in that one. Or do heads just explode?

  12. iManny-O-War on

    That’s a good point, Papa. The Briere and Subban comments were maddening to me.

    Also. News Flash: the Habs are going to finish their checks. Just like everyone who has ever played hockey ever.

  13. Wild comments the hurting vs injuring.

    Like how someone kept pushing him on it.

  14. This clown of a Habs coach is just doing this to change the focus of the game. All things being equal this is Henrik’s time to shine. I think he’ll be the difference as to how far we go. Right now he won three big ones and lost the last game. No way we lose that game. We actually have better, faster & deeper team than they do. Michelle cookoo i way off base with the “Knowing where the Brassard injury is” But he May be getting into our heads.

  15. I can see Richards being a coach soneday… if so wonder if he’d consider Carcillo as an assistant.

  16. Norm Merton on

    I’m hosting a bunch of Ivy League professors today. God, what a useless bunch of non-contributors. Is there any greater waste of space than teachers?

  17. Shoot them all into space to test the effects of weightlessness on weightlessness. Except for me.

  18. What a clown this Terein is. He reminds me of that guy in Cheers.

    “Woody, I’m going to steal your girlfriend”

    Yeah, I always hated that guy.

  19. A pro-wrestling promoter said in the past “Controversy Creates Cash” . Mr. Betteman sure doesn’t mind. How long is Prust suspended for if the incident happened in the regular season or Carkner for mugging Boyle two years ago? More than one or two games for each occurence probably. But I guess there’s a different standard in a playoff round.

  20. Unbelievably, it seems that Prust was going to receive only one game until the injury became apparent. CarBong’s career, on the other hand, may be kaput.

  21. Prust: 2 games for attempted manslaughter
    Carcillo: 10 games and a probable (effective) lifetime ban for arrogance.

  22. Norm Merton on

    Pretty sure I don’t want my daughter to marry the guy. That smirk alone would turn me into an alcoholic

  23. London Broil on

    Carcillo: 10 games and a probable (effective) lifetime ban for self-defense.

  24. eddie eddie eddie on

    Richards has plenty of class….its the utter lack of speed and quickness that we bemoan….

  25. Few will miss Carcillo. He has his history and it ain’t pretty. It’s the Prust thing and ruling that seriously irritates.

  26. Richie is bereft of all things valuable, albeit a scoring touch if, by chance, someone finds him all alone, unchecked.

  27. At the beach….(check)

    Granddaughters Sandcastle…(check).

    Cold beer …… (Next)

  28. Manny-O-War on

    I’m glad we got the referees that called a cascade of penalties against the Bruins to ensure a Habs Game 7 victory…

  29. Norm Merton on

    If Prust had been wearing a blue jersey, we’d be fine with his crunching hit, finishing his check, energizing his team… this blog would read like his press conference.

  30. Team doctors in locker room, with a pop-up toaster X-Ray machine: “No problems, Step, get on back out there.”

  31. Norm speaks for the blog with the proverbial “we”.

    Thanks Normie.

    But try not to hog the keyboard…..Perhaps some of the visiting Ivy Leaguers would like to add their 2 cents as well.

  32. Norm Merton on

    All goals count, even if they’re not the lunch-pail variety. I thought it was win at all costs, even if some goals have to pretty rather than gritty?

  33. I am very nervous this game. Canadiens will come out flying. We better get more quality scoring chances and capitalize on them.

  34. Back from Bronx zoo . Damn my kid loved it. God I leave this morning there is words I come home get caught up and this nonsense continues.

    Can we go out and win this game and let our play do the talking. I think all this crap going on will hurt rangers if they start getting caught up in scrums.

    In my opinion winner tonight wins series.

  35. Paul,

    Don’t worry….

    the kid is due for a stinker.

    Hank’s due for gem.

  36. Norm Merton on

    London, I don’t think Carcillo wants you as his lawyer: “My client was merely try to defend himself against that ruffian of a linesman!”

  37. Good afternoon all! Hope this lovely day turns into a lovely night, even though I have to work tomorrow so thanks for nothing No Brain Cabal.

    Carp, a question. Jeff Z speculated today that Joannette and Pollack, even though they’re one of four pairs assigned to the conference finals, might not be assigned anymore…Thoughts?

  38. Coos, I disagree about Carcillo. I think he’s been very effective for us in the playoffs. I think he overreacted in Game 3, and he definitely went over “the edge”, but so did the ref. I’m hoping Carp’s guess is right and the NHL brings the suspension down to three games.

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