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Michel Therrien | Center

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (51) / 11/4/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175
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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. Jun 21 - 3:22 PM

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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."
May 29 - 10:40 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.
May 15 - 2:20 PM

Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien suggested Monday that a lack of playoff experience has the Tampa Bay Lightning feeling pressure heading into Tuesday's Game 6 of the teams' playoff series.

"For sure there is more pressure on them," Therrien said during a respite from the Eastern Conference Second Round playoff series.. "We've been there. And the longer it goes, the more they will feel that pressure. We were there in the first round and the fourth one is the toughest one because you are facing a team that's really desperate. And on our side we feel good to play in those types of games." The Canadiens trail the best-of-seven series 3-2. They're looking to become the fifth team in NHL history to erase a 3-0 disadvantage in a playoff series.
Source: NHL.com
May 11 - 10:12 PM

The Montreal Canadiens are looking to become the fifth team in NHL history to erase a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series.

The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders, the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2014 Los Angeles Kings are the only four teams to come back from three games down to win a series. The Canadiens will need to take care of business in Tampa Bay in Game Six on Tuesday before they can even think of a potential Game Seven on home ice.
May 10 - 10:50 AM

Michel Therrien believes that Tampa's doube-overtime winning goal Friday night should not have counted as the Lightning were offside.

Video evidence seems to support Therrien's claim as 12 seconds before Nikita Kucherov's marker Valterri Filppula enter the Montreal zone one step ahead of the puck carrier, Brian Boyle. The Habs will have to regroup Saturday and put this loss behind them. Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday in Montreal at 6:00 pm EST.
May 2 - 10:58 AM

Montreal is taking the underdog stance going into their second-round series against Tampa Bay and they are eager to prove their doubters wrong.

"If people feel that strongly about how badly we match up against them then I hope we can prove that we can beat a team like this in the playoffs," Max Pacioretty said after practice Thursday. "It's extra motivation. I sat here since we beat Ottawa answering questions like, 'What if you play Tampa? You don't match up well against Tampa,' but the playoffs are a whole other situation. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. ... It's a tough task but it's what we have to do." The Lightning won all five games between the two clubs during the regular season.
Apr 30 - 4:17 PM

History is on the Canadiens' side when they face off against the Senators in Game 6 Sunday.

Despite their ugly 5-1 loss in Game 5 to the Sens, the Habs have won 28 out of 31 playoff series in thier storied history when they've led by a margin of 3-2 in games. That said, they are going to have to create some traffic in front of Craig Anderson if they are to score more regularly. And a power-play goal now and then might be a good idea too.
Apr 25 - 11:13 AM

Montreal ranks 15th in the playoffs on the power play going into Game 5 against Ottawa.

The Canadiens have scored one goal on 16 opportunities, but hold a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Senators. "To have success, the first thing you have to do is execute," said coach Michel Therrien. "Right now, our execution is not quite as sharp as we're looking for. We've got to make sure we make the right decisions with the puck, make sure we get net presence, make sure we take the right shot at the right time. We discuss the power play every day with the players to make sure they're on the same page. If we do that, eventually we'll have success."
Apr 24 - 9:39 AM

Montreal's power play has struggled against Ottawa during the first round of the playoffs.

The Canadiens have a 3-0 series lead despite going 1-for-13 on the power play. Montreal was 0-for-6 in Game 3. The team was ranked 23rd with the man advantage during the regular season, so their postseason struggles shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Apr 20 - 11:01 AM

The Montreal Canadiens will face the Ottawa Senators in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Canadiens were 1-3 against Ottawa in the regular season so it should be an interesting two versus seven matchup. One of the key factors in this series will be the health of star sniper Max Pacioretty. The 26-year-old skated on his own on Saturday morning but he his status is still unknown for the playoffs. The series will begin on Wednesday.
Apr 12 - 9:31 AM

Montreal became the first team to hit 100 points in the standings after Tuesday's overtime loss to Nashville.

Coach Michel Therrien liked what he saw from his players in the match. "For sure the result is disappointing. I thought we played such a hard game that we could have won," said the Canadiens bench boss. "But I like the way guys came in and played really hard. They fought tonight. At times the result will be on your side and sometimes it won't be. Tonight, it wasn't on our side." The Canadiens have a one point lead over Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.
Mar 25 - 10:30 AM

The Montreal Canadiens will be moving their AHL affiliate from Hamilton to St John's, Newfoundland.

The Winnipeg Jets have an AHL affiliate in St John's right now, but it's believed that they want to bring a minor league team back to Manitoba. The Canadiens would then move to St John's. No official announcement has been made by Winnipeg or Montreal just yet.
Mar 7 - 5:31 PM

Montreal will play 23 games in 42 nights.

The Canadiens will play four sets of back-to-back games and there is only two two-day breaks between games. That's a very busy schedule so expect to see plenty of Dustin Tokarski to help ease the workload of Carey Price.
Feb 5 - 10:57 AM

It looks as if, despite scoring only one goal in their last game and ranking 22nd in goal-scoring in the NHL, the Canadiens will ice the same lines they had in Thursday's shutout win over the Rangers against the Capitals Saturday afternoon.

That means that Tomas Plekanec will center the team's top line between Max Paciorrety and Dale Weise. The second unit will be comprised of David Desharnais between Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, while Lars Eller will play between Jiri Sekac and Brandon Prust on the third line. The fourth unit will feature Manny Malhotra, Christian Thomas and Michael Bournival. Weise and Desharnais seem to be the winners with these line configurations.
Jan 31 - 11:21 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1David Desharnais
2Tomas Plekanec
3Lars Eller
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Alex Galchenyuk
3Jacob De La Rose
4Brian Flynn
5Michael Bournival
RW1Brendan Gallagher
2Dale Weise
3Brandon Prust
4Torrey Mitchell
5Devante Smith-Pelly
6Christian Thomas
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Jeff Petry
4Alexei Emelin
5Tom Gilbert
6Nathan Beaulieu
7Brett Lernout
8Greg Pateryn
G1Carey Price
2Dustin Tokarski