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Tough Therrien proving to be right balance for young Pens

Updated: April 28, 2008, 11:55 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Trying to determine whether an NHL coach is good or not is a bit of a mug's game.

It depends an awful lot on the tools he's got in his toolbox. Coaches are often considered top notch if they get more out of less. Just as often, players don't like a coach, yet those players sometimes end up with Stanley Cup rings as did players who toiled, often unhappily, for Scotty Bowman, Ken Hitchcock, Mike Keenan and Bob Hartley.

There is a similar sandpaper-tough veneer ...

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