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.
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