The Nation Notebook: Therrien and Julien in a coaching carousel, Chiarelli on the deadline, Vermette's slash and some rumours

Zach Laing
February 15 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article. 

In a shocking series of events, the Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien yesterday afternoon and replaced him with the Habs archrival Boston Bruins' former head coach in Claude Julien. The same afternoon, Peter Chiarelli said his Oilers weren't going to be in the buyers market and later that night Antoine Vermette took a swing at a referee.

Oh Michel, where art thou?

To say that the Valentines Day breakup between the Canadiens and Therrien was a tough one is likely an understatement. Remember, this isn't the first time that the Canadiens have replaced Therrien with Julien. 

After starting the 2002-2003 season with a record of 18-19-5, Therrien was fired and replaced with Julien. The team finished the season 30-35-8 and missed the playoffs. Therrien finished his first tenure with the Habs with a 77-77-36 record. 

In Julien's first full season, he lead the Canadiens to a 41-30-7 record and a trip to the second round of the playoffs. He was fired in 2006 and replaced by Bob Gainey. Julien finished his time with the Habs with a record of 72-62-25.

Therrien's second tenure started in 2012. In his 352 games the second time around as head coach, he posted a record of 194-121-37. 

The news comes as the Canadiens are in the midst of a serious slide for the second straight season. One had to wonder if Therrien would last much longer given the faults his team has shown in the last two years. 

This season alone, the Habs rocketed out to a 13-0-0 start only to go 18-18-8 in the teams last 44 games. To be fair, the Bruins decision to let Julien go in the first place was one that was highly controversial. Despite his team losing two in a row and six of their previous nine and fell out of a playoff spot, he had his squad playing as a top possession team in the league. 

Julien put together some great numbers in his 10 years with the Bruins. He is Boston's all-time coaching wins leader having posted a 419-246-94 record with the B's. 

Julien could have very well just ran his tenure out given that there had been rumours of his demise since the 2010 season.

He brought the team a 2011 Stanley Cup victory, as well as another appearance two years later. In 2014, he pushed the team to a President's Trophy but suffered a 2nd round playoff loss. 

Claude Julien will now have an opportunity to turn around a Canadiens team that is in need of a serious kick. Their aformentioned slide this season has been saved thanks to their 13-0-0 start as they still sit atop the Atlantic Division with a six point lead on the Senators and Bruins.

Buckle up, folks. 

Chiarelli not buying?

“I really don’t want to delve into that market [in regards to him seeking deadline help from the rental market]. I think there are areas we can tinker with; I think the team deserves it. We wanted to be in the conversation. We are." "(But) we’ve made a lot of moves in the summer, and they’re coming around. I’d rather see those play out…(Deals) fall in your lap … but I don’t see being heavily involved in that market." "I don’t think it’s the right time for this team, but having said that … once you get into the playoffs, you never know.” via Mark Spector.

Peter Chiarelli's decision to come out yesterday and speak is an interesting one. 

Recently, his Oilers have been linked closely to Brian Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Oilers are reported to have interest in the hulking 32-year old center. This season, he has put up 20 points in 50 games and he has won 52.27 per cent of the faceoffs he's taken. 

Boyle ranks fifth among Lightning forwards in P/60 in 500+ minutes, scoring at a 1.56 points per hour rate. He also has the team's highest G/60 rate, scoring 1.11 goals per hour. 

He has also been one of the team's top players in terms of possession. He is second in 5v5 goals for per centage, having a 58.3 GF%. He also ranks second in 5v5 Corsi for per centage at 53.7 CF%.

It is clear that there is value in Boyle, but with rumours swirling that the Lighting might be able to pull in a first round pick do the Oilers really want to jump at him when the team already has to give up a second round pick to the Boston Bruins for hiring Chiarelli?

Chiarelli speaking to the press and trying to brush off his interest in the market could just be a ploy too. General Managers surely play games and are careful with what they say, and what they release in terms of information.

Many feel this could be a year that we see first round picks moved due to the 2017 draft class being one that is weaker than most, so at the end of the day we could see a team pick up Boyle for a first. 

Whether or not they move their first round pick or not in exchange for Boyle or another player, I would have to imagine that the Oilers brass is looking to pick up another 2nd to offset having to lose.

Vermette ejected for slashing an official, which really isn't a smart thing to do

The referee said something to you that you disagreed with. You may call him names, or something of similar ilk.

However, as Antoine Vermette learned last night, slashing a linesman over the back of the leg is not necessarily the best way to handle things. He appeared upset with the linesman after not agreeing with the way the linesman was dropping the puck, but ended up having his night end early. TSN highlighted it here.

The infraction could fall under Rule 40.3 of the NHL rule book which could call for an automatic 10-game suspension. The rule states:

Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner (excluding actions as set out in Category I), which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official, shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games.

As Bob McKenzie notes below, he could also face a 3-game suspension:

NHL Trade Rumours

  • Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported on the weekend that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes are teams that could be interested in Colorado's Matt Duchene. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun noted that Colorado is "going to want 20-year-old defenceman Noah Hanifan as part of any package with Carolina."
  • Garrioch also noted in that article that Avs GM Joe Sakic wants "a young, established blueliner, a high-end prospect and a first-round pick as part of any package if Duchene is to be moved."
  • After chasing rentals in the past, it appears this is the year Stan Bowman sits tight. According to Pierre LeBrun, Stan Bowman said "No, I don't think so," when asked about chasing after a big-name rental.
  • The Habs made a coaching change, but could they make a big trade too? Elliotte Friedman suggested in yesterday's 30 thoughts that while the Habs "have a lot of moving pieces" they could look at something bigger like trading for Duchene.

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#1 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
February 15 2017, 07:13AM
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Next time Vermette drops em and swings the FISTS, les see how fast the Linesmen jump in.

Bet they take their sweet a$$ time.

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#2 nuge2drai
February 15 2017, 07:17AM
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Great game last night.

Chia is just posturing, Oilers are finally buyers at the deadline.

This is exciting stuff.

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#3 Semenko27
February 15 2017, 07:43AM
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That's some cheap sh** from Vermette. I don't like alot of the stuff the refs do either, but there is no place for that crap. Bush league!!

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#4 Spydyr
February 15 2017, 08:15AM
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I'm hoping The Habs target Eberle in a trade.

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#5 Spydyr
February 15 2017, 08:17AM
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Ducks F Antoine Vermette has been given an automatic 10 game suspension for abuse of an official regarding the slashing last night

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#6 Jabs
February 15 2017, 08:22AM
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@Semenko27

It was a really stupid thing to do but the lineman was also being very unprofessional to Vermette all game and was provoking him. This is not excuse as this is inexcusable but the linesman's game will also be reviewed by the league.

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#7 Petrolero
February 15 2017, 08:26AM
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Semenko27 wrote:

That's some cheap sh** from Vermette. I don't like alot of the stuff the refs do either, but there is no place for that crap. Bush league!!

Anyone who has played sports at a competitive level knows never to go after the refs, no matter what. I don't know what went through vwrmettes mind but he is an idiot.

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#8 Spydyr
February 15 2017, 08:30AM
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Petrolero wrote:

Anyone who has played sports at a competitive level knows never to go after the refs, no matter what. I don't know what went through vwrmettes mind but he is an idiot.

Always respect the officials. I played with a few guys that shot the puck at the officials when upset with them and I always called them on it and told them to smarten the freak up.

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#9 Oiler Al
February 15 2017, 08:33AM
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NHL officiating is at an all time low!!!

Chiarelli, better to sit put than make another Lucic signing.

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#10 Oiler Al
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NHL officiating is at an all time low!!!

Chiarelli, better to sit put than make another Lucic signing.

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#11 Oiler Al
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NHL officiating is at an all time low!!!

Chiarelli, better to sit put than make another Lucic signing.

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#12 everton fc
February 15 2017, 09:03AM
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"Garrioch also noted in that article that Avs GM Joe Sakic wants "a young, established blueliner, a high-end prospect and a first-round pick as part of any package if Duchene is to be moved."

Flames have a first... a young, established blueliner (Kulak or Jokipaaka) and high-end prospects (Mangiapane, Jankowski, Klimchuk, Andersson, Kylington)...

Still, I think the price is too high unless something "worthy" comes the other way.

Can't imagine the Habs could offer a 1st (if they have one), McCarron, and a d-man, as some part of a pakcage...?

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#13 Hemmercules
February 15 2017, 09:04AM
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I like Chias method of pretending to not be interested in the trade deadline over Mact and Tambelinis method of just telling everyone what they want and need and hoping someone just hands it to them on a silver platter.

Sakic is really shooting for the moon on his demands for Duchene. Good luck man.

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#14 Hadley
February 15 2017, 09:09AM
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Cool story, Hansel.

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#15 Oilerz4life
February 15 2017, 09:17AM
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Vermette, fight the refs pfft. Also goon 2.0 is coming out, the sequel to the most glorious movie ever made in the history of the world.

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#16 Spydyr
February 15 2017, 09:26AM
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Cool story, Hansel.

Since we are quoting movies:

"I don't remember asking you a goddamn thing".

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#17 Jakethesnail
February 15 2017, 09:47AM
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Petrolero wrote:

Anyone who has played sports at a competitive level knows never to go after the refs, no matter what. I don't know what went through vwrmettes mind but he is an idiot.

It was nothing more than a tap but he still deserves the 10 games. Now try to compare what Wideman did and it pretty easy to see why Wideman deserved 20.

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everton fc wrote:

"Garrioch also noted in that article that Avs GM Joe Sakic wants "a young, established blueliner, a high-end prospect and a first-round pick as part of any package if Duchene is to be moved."

Flames have a first... a young, established blueliner (Kulak or Jokipaaka) and high-end prospects (Mangiapane, Jankowski, Klimchuk, Andersson, Kylington)...

Still, I think the price is too high unless something "worthy" comes the other way.

Can't imagine the Habs could offer a 1st (if they have one), McCarron, and a d-man, as some part of a pakcage...?

Good luck to your Flames if they want to double down on the season giving up a 1st round pick for an Avalanche forward.

As i recall the Flames escaped a similar situation involving a 1st round pick and an Avalache forward a few years ago by the skin of their teeth.

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#19 Jakethesnail
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nuge2drai wrote:

Great game last night.

Chia is just posturing, Oilers are finally buyers at the deadline.

This is exciting stuff.

I think Chia is correct and he should not mortgage anything. If he can strengthen his club he will but I don't think he will do anything drastic unless he is also going to shed salary but there has to be a taker too!

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#20 Spydyr
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So the GM is not a fool broadcasting his "bold moves" intentions, nice.

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#21 AJ88
February 15 2017, 10:23AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Since we are quoting movies:

"I don't remember asking you a goddamn thing".

When you are commenting on ON do you think you are above ridicule from others? It was such an interesting story though. Well time to get back to your Eberle bashing comments...it has been about 10 minutes since your last.

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#22 Spydyr
February 15 2017, 10:27AM
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AJ88 wrote:

When you are commenting on ON do you think you are above ridicule from others? It was such an interesting story though. Well time to get back to your Eberle bashing comments...it has been about 10 minutes since your last.

Not above anything but when someone takes a swing at me they can expect one back. It is called standing up for yourself. Your buddy Eberle might want to look into it. There you go two birds one stone.

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#23 AJ88
February 15 2017, 10:29AM
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Not above anything but when someone takes a swing at me they can expect one back. It is called standing up for yourself. Your buddy Eberle might want to look into it. There you go two birds one stone.

Tell us the time you got to tie up Geordie Howe's skates....please.

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#24 TD
February 15 2017, 10:30AM
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Vermette deserves the 10 games, but that wasn't a slash. That was a tap to get the linesman's attention to ask why he dropped the puck before he had his stick down.

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#25 TD
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Vermette deserves the 10 games, but that wasn't a slash. That was a tap to get the linesman's attention to ask why he dropped the puck before he had his stick down.

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#26 Spydyr
February 15 2017, 10:35AM
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AJ88 wrote:

Tell us the time you got to tie up Geordie Howe's skates....please.

Who is Geordie Howe?

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#27 AJ88
February 15 2017, 10:39AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Who is Geordie Howe?

Come on, you can do better than that, tell us a hockey story? Pretty please?

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#28 ComeOn
February 15 2017, 11:34AM
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Hmm, I wonder if Anaheim will receive so many penalties that it will be impossible for them to make the playoffs...

Not that some other team can blame the refs...but they sure seem to gang up on a team following an event like this.

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#29 SSB1963
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Spydyr wrote:

I'm hoping The Habs target Eberle in a trade.

Only if we can send you too!

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#30 SSB1963
February 15 2017, 11:41AM
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Always respect the officials. I played with a few guys that shot the puck at the officials when upset with them and I always called them on it and told them to smarten the freak up.

Seems to me that Gretzky did that once.

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#31 SSB1963
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Tell us the time you got to tie up Geordie Howe's skates....please.

I remember this guy now. I think he skated over his own fingers once.

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#32 Spydyr
February 15 2017, 11:56AM
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AJ88 wrote:

Come on, you can do better than that, tell us a hockey story? Pretty please?

Yeah, who would want to tell hockey stories on a hockey site. What was I thinking.

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