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Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (51) / 11/4/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175

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The Montreal Canadiens recent struggles continued on Saturday night in Dallas.
The Habs lost a 4-1 decision to the Stars and are now 1-5-1 in their last seven games. "We have to get back to what worked in the beginning of the season, which was enjoying to put the work in," goaltender Carey Price said. "We have to get our swag back." Sun, Dec 7, 2014 01:22:00 PM

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Despite losing back-to-back games to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday and Saturday, Montreal Canadiens' head coach Michel Therrien believes his team is playing some good hockey.

"We played some good hockey this weekend," insisted Therrien. ""The performance was there, but the results weren’t." The Canadiens fired 44 shots at Sabres' goalie Jhonas Enroth and had another 30 shots blocked by the Sabres. "It’s frustrating, said winger Max Pacioretty. "We’re always going to run into good goalies and hard-working teams but, at the end of the day, you can use that excuse for one night but when it keeps adding up like this, you have to look in the mirror and say we have to battle harder in the paint and get second and third chances. As the season goes on, the teams that do that will have success."
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 12:39:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have gone 0-for-14 on the power play after four games this campaign.

However, Max Pacioretty feels there's a reason for that. "We haven't had much time to work on the special teams because we've been on the road," he said. "We've been flying out after games and getting in late and we haven't had a lot of practice time." The Canadiens begin a four-game homestand Thursday night, so there will be plenty of time work on refining special teams.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 11:22:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens won't feature a captain for the 2014-15 season.

Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban will serve as alternates. Subban will have an "A" on his sweater during home games for the first half of the season and Pacioretty will wear an "A" for road games. The two of them will switch midway through the year.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:49:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens will retire Guy Lapointe's No. 5 on Nov. 8.

The Canadiens have previously retired 17 other players numbers. Lapointe spent the majority of his 884-game career with Montreal. The defenseman scored 171 goals and 622 points before hanging up his skates. He won the Stanley Cup six times with Montreal, including four consecutive years from 1976 through 1979.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 01:50:00 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 09:22:00 AM

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.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 10:05:00 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.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 06:00:00 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.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 04:04:00 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.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 11:20:00 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).
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 11:16:00 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.
Sun, May 25, 2014 02:07:00 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.
Sun, May 25, 2014 09:46:00 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.
Fri, May 23, 2014 02:19:00 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.
Wed, May 21, 2014 09:54:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Desharnais
2Tomas Plekanec
3Lars Eller
4Manny Malhotra
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Alex Galchenyuk
3Jiri Sekac
4Michael Bournival
RW1Brendan Gallagher
2P. A. Parenteau
3Brandon Prust
4Dale Weise
5Christian Thomas
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Sergei Gonchar
4Alexei Emelin
5Tom Gilbert
6Mike Weaver
7Nathan Beaulieu
G1Carey Price
2Dustin Tokarski