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Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (53) / 11/4/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175

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Montreal has fired head coach Michel Therrien and hired former Boston bench boss Claude Julien to replace him.
Therrien has been the head coach of the Canadiens for the last four-plus seasons. The team currently sits first in the Atlantic Division with a 31-19-8 record, but they have been struggling lately and apparently didn't want to pass up the opportunity to grab a superb coach in Julien. Feb 14 - 4:38 PM

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Montreal GM Marc Bergevin is feeling some heat to make a move with the trade deadline just around the corner.

The Canadiens own a 3-6-1 record in the last 10 games and their hold over the Atlantic Division is slipping. The team has been blanked in three of their last five games and they have been outscored 20-6 in seven losses. Bergevin may have to give up picks and/or prospects to get some talent for the second line and he has made a habit of not dong that in the past.
Feb 14 - 10:10 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have excelled in the third period of games this season.

Montreal has outscored its opponents 53-31 in that frame of hockey. That's led to the Canadiens posting a 6-8-3 record in games where they trailed going into the third period, which is the second best record in the NHL behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. "We never give up, we still believe," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "Most of the games are one-goal games and even if we’re trailing, we know there’s a chance we can come back." The latest example occurred on Saturday when Montreal bounced back after falling behind the Rangers 3-2 through 40 minutes.
Jan 15 - 5:02 AM

Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien will go for his 400th career win on Saturday against Toronto.

Therrien has gone 264-188-23 with Montreal, with parts of four seasons with Pittsburgh sandwiched in between. If he is able to get his 400th win tonight, it'll come in only 796 career games, which is about as excellent as it gets.
Jan 7 - 6:07 PM

Predictably, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien says he saw no positives in Friday's embarrassing 10-0 loss to Columbus.

The Canadiens came into the game with a 9-0-1 record, but boy did they look flat in this one. "It’s like baseball," said Therrien. "It was a tough game but, as a coaching staff, we saw it coming. It was like a big curve ball. I don’t remember being a part of a game like that. There’s not much positive to take from it. The only positive is that we play (Saturday) at home." Montreal will look to take out their frustrations on a well-rested Flyers team on Saturday night.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 08:13:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens plan to move their AHL team from St. John’s to Laval, Quebec in time for 2017-18.

The move makes sense for the Canadiens as it will put their farm team much closer to them. The St. John’s team has spent one year as Montreal's affiliate so far and was previously linked to the Winnipeg Jets before the Jets put their AHL team in Manitoba.
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 06:51:00 PM

Montreal Canadiens COO Kevin Gilmore is leaving the franchise.

This decision was apparently part of an understanding that Gilmore had with Canadiens owner Geoff Molson when Gilmore first joined the organization in April 2011. Gilmore will continue to act as a consultant for the Canadiens for the next few months.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Kirk Muller has joined the Montreal Canadiens as an associate coach.

Muller most recently oversaw the St. Louis Blues' forwards and power-play. Montreal struggled with the man advantage in 2015-16, so hopefully he will be able to help correct that. "Kirk brings a great deal of experience, determination and leadership, and I have no doubt that these qualities will be essential for our coaching staff," Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said. "Kirk has a thorough knowledge of the Montreal market, he enjoyed success as a player, and as captain of the Canadiens, and these assets will certainly contribute to the success of our team."
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 12:25:00 PM

The Canadiens have only a five percent chance of getting the top pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft.

The Habs finished 22nd in the NHL standings this season, and as a result, will select ninth unless they move up in the lottery. Montreal also has only a 5.4 percent and 5.6 percent chance of moving up to the second and third positions, respectively. The Canadiens had a disappointing season in 2015-16 and likely won't land a top tier player in the draft. Not a good result for Habs' fans.
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 10:08:00 AM

Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said Monday that Michel Therrien and his coaching staff will return next season.

Only consultant Craig Ramsay will not return, Bergevin said. "I believe with a healthy Carey Price (in goal) we're not sitting here (out of the playoffs) today," Bergevin said, emphasizing that Therrien and his staff were not to blame for the Habs' woes in the past season. Price was limited to 12 starts this season because of injuries. He was 10-2-0 with a 2.06 goals-against-average, a .934 save percentage and two shutouts.
Mon, Apr 11, 2016 10:40:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jan 27, 2016 10:56:00 AM

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?
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 01:02:00 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.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 10:22:00 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

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