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Michel Therrien | Center

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (50) / 11/4/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175

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The Montreal Canadiens have hired assistant coach Dan Lacroix.
Lacroix was under contract with the New York Rangers, but this is a promotion for him as he'll be behind the bench now instead of evaluating the game from the press box. "When I signed with New York, Alain and I talked about the position, about me being the third assistant and I'd be working from the press box," Lacroix said, referring to Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault. "He knew that I was looking for a job behind the bench. We talked about me moving behind the bench if an opportunity presented itself. This is a good opportunity for me to get behind the bench again. I was always looking to improve my situation. I wanted to work behind the bench and get a little bit closer to the action. That’s the role that I prefer." Lacroix added that this was also a good move from him from a family perspective as this puts him closer to his relatives in Ottawa and near the Montreal area. Aug 1 - 9:22 AM

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The Montreal Canadiens will take part in three home openers in 2014-15.

Montreal will start its season in Toronto on Oct. 8 to help kick off the NHL season before being hosted by the Washington Capitals on Oct. 9. Montreal won't play in its own home opener until Oct. 16 and the Boston Bruins will be in town for that event.
Jun 22 - 10:05 AM

Michel Therrien's new contract is actually a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth season.

Therrien's deal was previously reported as a four-year contract, without the stipulation of the final deal being an option. Either way, the length of a head coach's contract is somewhat moot from a fan perspective. Head coaches almost always end up re-signing with the team they've been serving under if the franchise wants him back and having years left on their deal doesn't protect them from being fired if the team's struggles warrant a change in direction.
Jun 17 - 6:00 PM

Michel Therrien has received a four-year contract extension to be the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens through the 2018-19 season.

"We're very happy to have agreed to a contract extension with Michel Therrien for multiple seasons. said GM Marc Bergevin. "Michel is an accomplished and experienced coach who has instilled a culture of hard work in our organization while helping develop our young players. Michel and his coaching staff work in a unique and demanding hockey market and the team's success over the last two seasons are a reflection of their excellent work. This decision reflects our desire for stability and consistency within our hockey operations department." He has helped Montreal post a 75-42-13 record over the past two seasons and the team made the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 playoffs.
Jun 14 - 4:04 PM

Montreal has granted the Florida Panthers permission to talk to assistant coach Gerard Gallant.

Florida is considering him for its vacant head coaching position. Gallant previously spent parts of three seasons as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The team had a 56-76-4-6 record during his tenure.
Jun 3 - 11:20 AM

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin fought against inflated expectations for 2014-15 following the team's run to the Eastern Conference Final.

"The fact that we went to the conference finals doesn't mean that we start ahead of everyone else on Oct. 1," added Bergevin. "Tampa Bay is going to be strong next year. Ottawa will be better, Toronto will be better. Everyone in our division will be better next year. Same as the start of this year, the first priority is to make the playoffs. Anything can happen after that." Montreal is expected to have a strong team against next season, but they definitely exceeded expectations in 2013-14 and it wouldn't be shocking to see them regress a bit next season. This will be a big offseason for them as they have some major free agents, including Andrei Markov (UFA) and P.K. Subban (RFA).
Jun 3 - 11:16 AM

The league reportedly had a private conversation with Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien after he made questionable comments about Derick Brassard.

Teams likely target players (or at least treat them more intense physically) when they know they're banged up, yet it was starling to see Therrien come out and say it. If this game ends up being a blowout, there could be a lot of PIM for a playoff game. That's a big "if," though.
May 25 - 2:07 PM

Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien wasn't happy to see members of the New York Rangers' coaching staff watching his team practice on Saturday.

Therrien said it violated the league's gentlemen's agreement that opposing teams don't watch each others' practices. Tensions are high between the Rangers and Canadiens after Brandon Prust's late hit on Derek Stepan in Game 3 and Chris Kreider crashing into goaltender Carey Price in the series opener. In both incidents, the player that got hit sustained a serious injury. Montreal and New York will play in Game 4 on Sunday.
May 25 - 9:46 AM

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is a finalist for the general manager of the year award.

Bergevin became the team's general manager in May 2012 and the Canadiens ended up falling short of the playoffs that season. Since then, Montreal has made the postseason in back-to-back campaigns and surpassed the 100-point mark in 2013-14 for the first time since 2008.
May 23 - 2:19 PM

Montreal coach Michel Therrien liked the way his team played in Game 2 on Monday.

"You know what, to win a hockey game you need some breaks and we didn't have any breaks yesterday," Therrien said. "The Rangers got their breaks and they capitalized on their breaks. We didn't get some calls yesterday, but you know what, momentum changes really quickly in the playoffs. This is my experience. You get one win, and then after that, you know, the momentum can change really quick." The Rangers have a 2-0 series lead, so the Canadiens need to shift the momentum soon or it will be too late.
May 21 - 9:54 AM

Montreal coach Michel Therrien was quick to praise New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after Game 2's 3-1 loss to the Rangers.

"Lundqvist was the difference in the game," said Therrien. "He was phenomenal, but I was pleased with the way we came out and the effort we showed." The Rangers netminder stopped 40 shots to give New York a 2-0 series lead on the road. Not having Carey Price is problematic for the Canadiens, but facing a red hot Henrik Lundqvist is another obstacle that Montreal will have to overcome.
May 20 - 8:16 AM

It appears likely that Montreal coach Michel Therrien will be getting a new contract soon from the Canadiens.

Word comes from the Canadiens' general manager, Marc Bergevin, who said: "Michel Therrien's a good coach today and he was six months ago and he was a good coach when we lost five in a row. Michel and I have a good (relationship). We talk a lot. We share ideas. Am I shocked with where we are today with way he handles the team? No. But he's a really good coach and he's proving it now." The Canadiens are in the Eastern Conference Final, trailing the Rangers 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. They started the playoffs as 40-1 underdogs to win the Stanley Cup.
May 18 - 7:16 PM

Although they started the playoffs as a 40-1 shot of winning the Stanley Cup, oddsmakers are now listing the Canadiens as the second choice amongst the four remaining teams at 11-4 odds of going all the way.

The defending Cup champion Blackhawks are the favorites at 7-4, while the Rangers are 7-2 and the Kings are 11-2. If the oddsmakers are correct it will be a Montreal/Chicago Stanely Cup finals with the Hawks winning for a second consecutive season.
May 17 - 9:14 AM

When the Canadiens face off against the Rangers Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm, it will be the first playoff game these two teams have played against each other since 1996.

In that series the Rangers prevailed in six games. Overall, the teams have met 14 times in the postseason with each team winning seven times. It should be a very entertaining series pitting two of the NHL's top goalies against each other in Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist.
May 17 - 8:44 AM

Montreal held a "morning skate" on Monday before playing a scrimmage at the Bell Centre at night.

"We don't yet know when our series against the Bruins will start, but we haven't had a game in a while and we wanted to have the best preparation possible, so this is why we organized the day in this way," coach Michel Therrien said. "We also thought it was important for the players' families to experience the moment, so we added an afternoon activity which adds them to the schedule." The team won't practice on Tuesday.
Apr 29 - 7:41 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Desharnais
2Tomas Plekanec
3Lars Eller
4Manny Malhotra
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Alex Galchenyuk
3Michael Bournival
4Travis Moen
RW1Brendan Gallagher
2P. A. Parenteau
3Rene Bourque
4Dale Weise
5Brandon Prust
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Tom Gilbert
4Mike Weaver
5Alexei Emelin
6Jarred Tinordi
7Nathan Beaulieu
G1Carey Price
2Peter Budaj
3Dustin Tokarski