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Michel Therrien | Center

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (52) / 11/4/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175
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The Montreal Canadiens have been the worst team in the NHL since Dec. 1.
The team has posted a 6-18-1 record, which has given them just 13 out of a possible 50 points. The slump has knocked Montreal out of a playoff spot, but there no plans to fire coach Michel Therrien so they have to find a way to at least tread water until Carey Price returns from injury. Jan 27 - 10:56 AM

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Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said that head coach Michel Therrien's job is safe for the remainder of the season.

We'll see what happens after the season. Montreal is in a free fall and if the Canadiens miss the playoffs, they will have fallen well short of expectations. At the same time, they have already missed elite goaltender Carey Price for a significant chunk of the season and he's not expected to be back anytime soon. So if Montreal misses the playoffs, will the franchise blame Therrien or write it off as a bad luck campaign?
Jan 21 - 1:02 PM

Montreal's offense has been struggling mightily.

In the last 20 games, the Canadiens have scored 38 goals for an average of only 1.9 per contest. The team has been getting their chances, ranking fourth in the league with 31.7 shots per match, but they have not been able to finish.
Jan 19 - 10:22 AM

Montreal coach Michel Therrien hasn't been pleased with his goaltending.

With Carey Price on the sidelines again, the Canadiens have lost four games in a row and have posted two wins in the last 11. "Our goaltending has to be better and it seems that every game we play, their goaltender is the No. 1 star," said Therrien. He has pulled his netminder three times in the past four games, as Mike Condon and Dustin Tokarski have been struggling mightily.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 10:17:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens' defensemen had a rough night in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

"I thought we played a good first period, we stayed with them, we hit a couple of posts," Therrien said. "But it was a tough night for our defensemen. They turned the puck over and we took some bad penalties. We had three penalties for (delay of game) and that’s just a lack of focus."
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 10:51:00 AM

Montreal has gone 0-for-13 on the power play in the last three games.

It's not uncommon for the power play to run hot and cold over the course of the season. Montreal is fifth in the league with a 22.2 percent success rate and the team ranks third overall with 16 power-play goals.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 08:40:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche defensemen have yet to score a 5-on-5 goal

Montreal has played 16 games (Avalanche-15) without recording an even strength goal from their blueline. Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban each have seven assists, with no other blueliner earning more than two helpers. It's hard to ask for more from a team with a 13-2-1 record, but the Habs need more production from their blueliners at even strength.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 07:11:00 PM

Montreal is off to a 6-0-0 start, with the offense clicking, but coach Michel Therrien insists that the Canadiens have no changed game plans.

"We're a different team than we were three years ago, but 95 percent of the things we do are the same," said the Habs bench boss. Therrien talked about the speed of his players and the team's improved depth as main reasons for their early success.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 10:37:00 AM

Montreal has received a league-leading 14 power plays going into Tuesday's action.

Unfortunately, the Canadiens have scored just one time with the man advantage after three games and the team has allowed a shorthanded goal against. Montreal has been working at practice to fix their mistakes and improve their decision making.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 07:55:00 AM

Michel Therrien is looking forward to playing against his team's biggest rival, the Boston Bruins.

"Every game is about two points, but it’s a natural rivalry," Therrien said. "We just played one against the Maple Leafs and now we’ve got the Boston Bruins coming up. They’re always special games. You build rivalries with time. The one with Ottawa, obviously, it’s starting to get there, but it’s not the same like the Boston Bruins. You’re talking about Original Six teams and the history of both those teams." Boston and Montreal face-off at the TD Garden on Saturday night.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 12:49:00 PM

Montreal has announced the hiring of Craig Ramsay as a coaching consultant.

"He has an impressive hockey background, having worked as an NHL coach for over 20 years, following a playing career that included over 1,000 games played," said GM Marc Bergevin. "On a consulting basis, he will be called upon regularly during the season to share his knowledge with our coaching group. Our players will also benefit from his expertise." Ramsay served as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers last year.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 03:52:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have hired Eric Crawford as a pro scout.

Crawford used to be Vancouver's director of player personnel. Montreal also announced that Dave Starman would be joining the organization as a NCAA scout.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 12:47:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens are looking to get bigger down the middle according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

"If you know a centre who can shop at big-and-tall suit stores, chances are Montreal has looked at him," wrote Friedman. It's well documented that the Canadiens need to get bigger. They finished the season with David Desharnais, Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller and Torrey Mitchell at center. Desharnais, Plekanec and Mitchell are all under six feet tall.
Sun, Jun 21, 2015 03:22:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens are now affiliated with the ECHL Brampton Beast.

The Beast didn't have an NHL affiliate in 2014-15. The franchise is getting ready for its third season. Montreal is also affiliated with AHL St. John's. "Montreal is the most iconic franchise in the NHL," said Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan. "They have also shown a virtually unparalleled commitment to development from within. We are confident that partnering with Montreal and St John’s will be instrumental to our own on-ice success, and will also add another level of credibility to the Beast brand."
Fri, May 29, 2015 10:40:00 AM

Michel Therrien's job is safe for now.

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin feels that he has no reason to make any coaching changes at this time. Since Therrien took over as the Canadiens' bench boss Montreal has won its division twice in three seasons and reached the Eastern Conference Final once. The fact that they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round has be somewhat disappointing, but its not as if they were a substantially superior team on paper. Although Therrien certainly isn't without his critics, the Canadiens' bigger need going into the summer is one or more top-six caliber forwards.
Fri, May 15, 2015 02:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tomas Plekanec
2Alex Galchenyuk
3David Desharnais
4Brian Flynn
5Paul Byron
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Tomas Fleischmann
3Lars Eller
4Daniel Carr
5Jacob De La Rose
6Lucas Lessio
RW1Brendan Gallagher
2Dale Weise
3Devante Smith-Pelly
4Torrey Mitchell
5Sven Andrighetto
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Jeff Petry
4Alexei Emelin
5Tom Gilbert
6Nathan Beaulieu
7Victor Bartley
8Greg Pateryn
G1Carey Price
2Mike Condon
3Ben Scrivens