PITTSBURGH -- Just before being dropped off at the still-new Consol Energy Center on Tuesday morning, Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien looked across Centre Avenue and saw a parking lot on the site where he once coached in a Stanley Cup Final.
"I was asking the taxi driver what they're going to do with that space," the former Pittsburgh Penguins coach said of the site where Mellon Arena once stood. "I've got some great memories from my time there."
For the first time since being fired by the Penguins four years ago, Therrien is back serving as a National Hockey League coach in Pittsburgh. His Canadiens play the Penguins on Tuesday night in a game matching the two teams at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Therrien kept his home in suburban Pittsburgh in between NHL coaching jobs, and he worked as a scout for the Minnesota Wild in the interim. That meant he frequently had a seat in the press box at Consol, a building he called "first-class."