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Friday, July 25, 2008

Michel Therrien's contract extension is a nice change

From Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

That's why it was so refreshing to see Therrien get a big new contract last week. A year ago, after he had led the Penguins to a 47-point improvement and their first playoff spot in six years, general manager Ray Shero gave him just a one-year extension. This time, after the team made it to the Cup final, Shero tore up the one year remaining on Therrien's contract and gave him three years at around $1 million per season.

Now, finally, the odds are on Therrien's side. He's still not a lock to get through the next two seasons; there will be extraordinary pressure on him and the team considering the expectations the run to the Cup final generated. But at least he has a shot because of the commitment from management.

Read the entire article here.

I agree with Cook. With NHL coaches having such a short shelf-life, it was nice to see Therrien get rewarded for two great seasons as the Penguins' head coach.

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