Thursday, December 15, 2005

Penguins replace Eddie Olczyk

According to multiple sources, the Pens have fired Eddie Olczyk and replaced him with Wilkes-Barre coach Michel Therrien. Joe Mullen and Randy Hillier were also let go, according to the reports. Therrien will replace them with members of his staff from Wilkes-Barre.

On the surface, this seems like a good move. A change of pace right now is a good idea. However, from everything I've read, they're bringing in a taskmaster who isn't afraid to embarrass his player. How well will that work on a team with a relatively large and distinguished group of veterans? How well will they like playing a system? Will Therrien still try to enforce the strict adherence to the system when you have players that are as skilled as some of the Pens?

At this point, it can't really get any worse... it's worth the chance for the sake of improvement.

Thanks, Will, for the heads-up in the comments last night. You're up much later than me. Trent, you have to be singing today - you got your wish. :)

Let's go Pens!

1 comment:

Will said...

This home and home with Buffalo should be interesting to see. If the players can't get up for the first game with a new coach things may not get better for a while. Best case is they will respond and start playing with a new passion to play good for the coach and team...we'll have to see.