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Montreal names Michel Therrien head coach (yes, again)

Jun 5, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

Michel Therrien

In Montreal, what’s old is new again.

That appeared to be the case late Monday night as TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Montreal GM Marc Bergevin planned to hire former Habs coach Michel Therrien as his new bench boss.

Dreger says the announcement will come within the next 24-48 hours, meaning the Canadiens might wait until the end of the Stanley Cup finals to present Therrien as the 31st coach in franchise history.

The LA Kings, up 3-0 in the Cup finals, can close out the series with a win on Wednesday night.

Therrien broke into NHL coaching in 2000 with the Canadiens, taking over for Alain Vigneault and orchestrating a 16-point increase (and playoff appearance) in his second season at the helm. He was fired in 2003.

Following the lockout, Pittsbugh tabbed Therrien to coach its young, inexperienced squad, highlighted by then-rookie forward Sidney Crosby. The team showed steady improvement under Therrien from 2005-06 onward, highlighted by a trip to the Stanley Cup finals in 2008.

Therrien was fired by the Penguins 57 games into the 2008-09 season and was replaced by Pittsburgh’s current head coach, Dan Bylsma.

Therrien’s known as a tough, no-nonsense coach that will, ahem, speak his mind:

It’s an interesting hire to be sure. Therrien will join the likes of Newsy Lalonde, Leo Dandurand, Cecil Hart, Claude Ruel and Bob Gainey as two-term Canadiens coaches with only one player — Andrei Markov — remaining from Therrien’s first stint in Montreal.

Update (8:55 a.m. ET): Done deal. Canadiens officially name Therrien their new head coach.

  1. lordfletcher - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    interesting… I think he is a good coach and thought he was going to be the next coach of my Wild last season.

    Best of luck

  2. hiltonandastoria - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    The Habs are a complete mess
    0 for 2 this offseason

  3. Stiller43 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Good for him

  4. speedstickmusk - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    This continues to be one of the best press conferences ever… soff… lol

  5. id4joey - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    Once a loser always a loser…. Les glorieux are no more. The pride of wearing and coaching the CH is gone. They get stuck with left overs nobody wants. Why do you think Harley went to Cal instead of Mtl?

  6. greej1938l - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Dang. Was hoping Melrose would get it

  7. ribs108 - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    The media win!! On a nightly French TV hockey show (yes, even in the off-season), the panelists were very worried about Marc Crawford getting the job after Bob Hartley went to Calgary. To translate, they were upset when they figured that Crawford was now the front-runner. They said it was too bad that Serge Savard was “obviously not being consulted anymore” if Crawford could even be considered. Why? Because, for instance, after a loss or any stressful situation, Crawford would “revert” to the language he’s more comfortable in (i.e. English). Never mind that pretty much 99% of anyone who’s ever followed hockey would realize who the more qualified hockey coach would be (i.e. not Therrien). Well, it seems that nothing’s changed – the media have more influence than the team’s ownership and management. I also now hear that Randy Cunneyworth may very well be receiving his walking papers after being demoted to assistant coach (M. Bergevin’s very first order of business upon being hired). That too, would be typical of the recent management style of the team. They may change the characters in the cast, but the play remains a comedy.

  8. cweez2 - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    FWIW, after his rookie stint coaching the first time with MTL, he took a PIT team in the dumps and turned them into a Stanley Cup contender in short order. I think the question this time around will be whether he can finish the job. The guy can brush back the Montreal media, and is known for developing young talent. I would’ve preferred Crawford, but I’m a second chance kind of guy. Maybe that’s my failing.

  9. mydadyourmom - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Little easier task when you have Sid and Geno. This is a bad move so I’m thrilled.

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