Michel Therrien has time on his hands these days, which is why he was able to celebrate his mother Rachel's 75th birthday Friday night in Montreal.
"It's the first time in six years that I've been able to spend a lot of time with her," Therrien said by phone yesterday.
Not that it was by choice. Therrien was fired as Penguins coach Feb. 15, with two-plus years left on his contract.
Therrien declined to discuss his former team's chances in the Stanley Cup Final and all other Penguins-related matters, such as whether he believes his firing was just; whether he believes he would be in this position if he'd stayed on; and whether he believes his relationship with star winger Marian Hossa had anything to do with Hossa's defection to Detroit.
Since he was fired, Therrien has spent most of his time in Pittsburgh, where he still owns a house. He also has made visits to his hometown of Montreal, vacationed in Cuba and done some playoff commentary for RDS, a French-speaking sports network in Canada. He planned to return to Pittsburgh today.
Will he be watching the final?
"It depends on how far it's going to go," Therrien said. "I'm taking my kids (teenagers Elizabeth and Charles) on vacation on June 10th."
That would leave only Game 7, if necessary, and you'd have to believe Therrien would find a way to watch that one, given that the team he was coaching a little more than three months ago would be playing for the Cup.
The Penguins owe Therrien about $2 million over the next two years. He was 135-105-32 in parts of four seasons, his tenure of 272 games just two behind Red Kelly (1969-73) and four behind Ed Johnston (1993-97) among the longest coaching tenures in franchise history.
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
A division of Trib Total Media is your one-stop-shop for all of your branded merchandise needs.
We specialize in providing quality affordable promotional products for every type of business including non-profits, schools, universities, sports teams and more. With 1000’s of products to choose from, our knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect apparel item or product to suit your needs and budget.
Why use TPSolutions?
• Quality, brand name, screen printed and embroidered apparel
• Competitive prices
• Free design services
• Volume and non-profit discounts available
• Quick turn around
We offer a wide variety of traditional and new digital advertising options customized to fit your needs!
Whether you're just starting out, or you've been a keystone in the community for years, our knowledgeable staff can provide you with a customized package including online banners/advertisements, Social Media Marketing (Facebook / Twitter), Website development, Search Engine Optimization, Email Marketing solutions and much more!
Contact your local sales rep today for details, personalized proposal and a meeting to discuss how we can meet your needs.