Canadiens name Michel Therrien head coach
The Montreal Canadiens have named Michel Therrien as their new head coach, the team announced.
Therrien will be making his second stint as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the fifth coach in Habs history to do so. He was hired to coach the Canadiens in the 2000-01 season after the team fired then-head coach Alain Vigneault.
In his first season the Canadiens failed to make the playoffs, posting a 23-27-6-6 record under Therrien. In his second season Therrien saw success earning a 36-31-12-3 record. They would eventually get knocked out in the second-round of the playoffs. In his third and final season with the Habs Therrien was fired after an 18-19-4-5 start.
Therrien would earn his next NHL coaching job with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2005-06 season, replacing Ed Olcyzk. In parts of four seasons with the Penguins Therrien posted a 115-105-32 record.
Therrien takes over a Canadiens team that went an Eastern Conference-worst 31-35-16 last season.