Therrien: starting from scratch
"Not at all."
That was Michel Therrien's confident and coy response to a lengthy question about whether his team, with all the regime-change and new players brought in, could be at a disadvantage in a shortened season.
Truth is Coach Therrien had some contact with players Monday and even before the lockout had briefed captain Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges about some of the kind of systemic changes he wants to install.
"We'll play on our toes...the players will have fun...we'll use our speed." Those were the kinds of things Therrien described, while pointing out he's "not re-inventing the wheel."