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The storm has passed in Montreal and it appears that Michel Therrien's job is safe—for now at least. But it will only take another three-game losing streak to make the "Fire Therrien" pundits resurface.
The Habs' bench boss had his team playing some pretty good hockey prior to the Olympic break. The Canadiens went 5-1-1 over their last seven games, taking 11 of a possible 14 points.
But let's not forget that Coach Therrien has made some mind-puzzling hockey decisions this year, some of which have certainly contributed to the struggles of the Canadiens.
One is his mistreatment of P.K. Subban.
Early in the season, it was his refusal to allow Subban to play any meaningful minutes late in the game. In January, it was his decision to bench his star defenseman for most of the third period in a game where the Canadiens trailed by two.
Frankly, this nonsense by Therrien has to stop. Subban is his best player. He needs to stick with him, even through a mistake or dumb penalty. It's hockey. Those things happen all the time.
It has also been proven that, contrary to popular belief, Subban is not a liability at all on the back end.
Canucks Army did an in-depth analysis comparing Subban's advanced statistics to other D-men on the Canadian Olympic team and the results are quite clear: Subban's career numbers show that he is the best offensive defenseman and the second-best defensive defenseman (behind Alex Pietrangelo) from Canada's roster at the 2014 Olympics.
He is not a risky defenseman. The numbers prove that. Perhaps Therrien should give that article a look, because he needs to figure that out as well.
The way Therrien allots ice time among the forwards is another decision that outsiders will never comprehend. Specifically, why is Rene Bourque still getting more ice time than Alex Galchenyuk?
Sure, Galchenyuk's been hurt and Bourque actually played decent hockey in the seven games leading up to the Olympic break, but we've all seen enough of Bourque to know that he will go back to playing the lazy, uninspired kind of hockey that he's become known for.
Galchenyuk, on the other hand, might be the most talented forward the Canadiens have on their roster. He makes things happen when he's on the ice. He plays hard and he plays with passion.
The numbers don't lie either. Galchenyuk scores the second-most points per 60 minutes on the Canadiens at 2.13. Bourque? He's ranked 14th with 0.96, just below Travis Moen.
Galchenyuk should be back on the ice with the Canadiens when they take on Detroit. Let's hope Therrien starts using Galchenyuk and Subban how they should be used.