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Michel Therrien was the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Now, he has his old job back. The Habs Tuesday morning hired Therrien to be their next head coach.

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Montreal Canadiens Fire Assistant Coaches Randy Cunneyworth, Randy Ladouceur

The Montreal Canadiens hired Michel Therrien as their new head coach on Tuesday, and that was just the first step in trying to move on from the Randy Cunneyworth era. On Wednesday, the word came down from the team itself that Cunneyworth and Randy Ladoucer were both "relieved of their duties" as assistant coaches, so that step seems to have come quickly.

SB Nation's Travis Hughes called Cunneyworth's removal as head coach in May "a move that literally everybody could have seen coming"; his tenure as the Canadiens' head coach lasted just 50 games, in which Montreal compiled an 18-23-9 record. But the team retained him as an assistant, and indicated that the future head coach would decide whether Cunneyworth -- and, likely, Ladoucer -- would stay on with a new staff.

It would seem that Therrien has made that decision.

Stick with our StoryStream for more on the Habs' hiring of Michel Therrien. For more on the Canadiens, be sure to check in with Habs Eyes On The Prize.


Michel Therrien Officially Named Montreal Canadiens Head Coach; Habs Fans Unhappy

Michel Therrien has been hired as the next head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, a move rumored Monday evening and announced by general manager Marc Bergevin Tuesday morning. Therrien, 48, has coached 499 games as a head coach and assistant at the NHL level, most of them coming with the Habs from 1997 to 2003.

He took the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008, a series the club lost in seven games. He was fired the following season after a red-hot start turned into an abysmal first half of the regular season. Dan Bylsma replaced Therrien, and the Penguins went on to earn a rematch with the Red Wings in the Finals, which they won in seven games.

Habs fans at Canadiens blog Eyes On The Prize are unhappy with the move. Therrien is one of the worst coaches in recent franchise history, only better than former Anglophone scapegoat Randy Cunneyworth. To say they would have preferred a fresh face instead of Therrien is an understatement.

Is this really the best that Marc Bergevin can offer us with a month long coaching search? This is what's offered as the new face of the Canadiens? There is no coach available anywhere in the world that Bergevin sees as a long term solution for the Habs? I call BS on it. This is a decision made by an organization afraid of risk, but they'll get no reward from it.

Stick with our StoryStream for more on the Habs' hiring of Michel Therrien. For more on the Canadiens, be sure to check in with Habs Eyes On The Prize.


Michel Therrien To Be Named Montreal Canadiens Head Coach, According To Report

Have the Montreal Canadiens found their next head coach? The Habs are expected to announce in the coming days that they've hired Michel Therrien bench boss, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

Therrien coached the Canadiens 2000 to 2003 after the organization fired Alain Vigneault. He was fired midway through the 2002-03 campaign, after which he took an AHL coaching job with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Therrien was promoted to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2005 season following the firing of Eddie Olczyk.

He rode Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007-08, but was famously fired midway through the following season. His replacement, Dan Bylsma, led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup after Therrien's firing.

Yes, Therrien speaks French. One might say his French accent makes his English sound a bit soff.

The hiring would obviously be a huge one for new Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin. He's made a number of high-profile hires since taking the job May 2, including assistant general manager Rick Dudley and director of player personnel Scott Mellanby. The head coaching position is the biggest, and it appears as though he's made his decision with Michel Therrien.

For everything on the Canadiens, visit our blog, Habs Eyes On The Prize.


Marc Bergevin Named Montreal Canadiens GM, As Blackhawks' Management Tree Branches Again

Marc Bergevin is the new general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, and it's a move that makes a lot of sense in the wake of the Pierre Gauthier firing.


Marc Bergevin To Be Named Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Says Report

The Montreal Canadiens fired general manager Pierre Gauthier at the end of the season in a move that wasn't all that surprising considering SB Nation's own Dominik Jansky referred to him as "arguably the worst general manager" in team history when discussing possible replacements. His replacement, then, shouldn't have a lot to live up to in terms of getting the team back on track -- but he won't be stepping into the easiest job, either.

The man taking on that task is Marc Bergevin, the former assistant general manager for the Chicago Blackhawks, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

The Montreal Canadiens have selected Marc Bergevin as their new general manager, according to a source. Bergevin served as assistant GM for the Blackhawks under Stan Bowman during the 2011-12 season. The 46-year-old Montreal native will replace the fired Pierre Gauthier.

It's the second consecutive season the Hawks have seen their assistant GM land a top job elsewhere as the Winnipeg Jets hired Kevin Cheveldayoff as their GM following the '10-11 season.

It'll be interesting to see how Bergevin fits in considering Jansky didn't seem optimistic about his chances to get the job when running down possible candidates:

Pros: He speaks French, too. Remembered more as a prankster during his NHL playing career as a depth defenseman, he's actually been accumulating experience as assistant GM for the Chicago Blackhawks. His personality would no doubt play well with fans and media.

Cons: Like everyone who's never been an NHL GM before, no one knows if he'll be any good. Also: Never played for the Habs.

Tea Leaves: Not happening.

He has an entire offseason to prove himself and, on the bright side, he likely isn't exactly entering his new job with great expectations from the fan base.

For more on the Canadiens, be sure to check in with Habs Eyes On The Prize.


Montreal Canadiens GM Job: Top Candidates To Replace Fired Pierre Gauthier

A list of candidates to succeed Pierre Gauthier, arguably the worst general manager in Montreal Canadiens history.


Gauthier fired

The Montreal Canadiens have fired general manager Pierre Gauthier, who led the team right into the basement of the Eastern Conference just two seasons after advancing to the semifinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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