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Canadiens ink Therrien to four-year extension

Jun 14, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

Michel Therrien AP

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is keeping things busy the day after the Stanley Cup Final.

The Canadiens announced they’ve signed coach Michel Therrien to a four-year extension to remain behind the bench in Montreal through the 2018-19 season. Therrien re-joined the Habs as coach in 2012 and led them to the Eastern Conference Final this season.

“We’re very happy to have agreed to a contract extension with Michel Therrien for multiple seasons,” Bergevin said in the team’s release. “Michel is an accomplished and experienced coach who has instilled a culture of hard work in our organization while helping develop our young players. Michel and his coaching staff work in a unique and demanding hockey market and the team’s success over the last two seasons are a reflection of their excellent work. This decision reflects our desire for stability and consistency within our hockey operations department.”

Therrien’s decisions are always under a microscope in Montreal and this season, in spite of the success the team had, he faced harsh questions about his lineup decisions. In particular his use of Douglas Murray in the postseason as opposed to Francis Bouillon or Jarred Tinordi in the early rounds seemed to rankle Habs supporters.

At the very least, the Habs must be sold that Therrien’s ways are good for Carey Price and P.K. Subban as they’re both going to be there a long time.

Now that Therrien has four more years, Bergevin hopes the success the team had this season can be built upon and get the Canadiens back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993.

  1. drewsylvania - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Great, four more seasons of Hack-a-Bruin.

  2. dropthepuckeh - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    He will be gone within two years. Again.

  3. eng201igorsukh - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    How many years before he’s fired? 1-2? Good luck.

  4. billsin20xx - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I heard they met his demand for another assistant coach, an “acting” coach to help out with the guys who don’t realize your feet dont always go flying out backwards when you almost get hit with a high stick.

  5. 19to77 - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Wait, hockey coach or acting coach? Are the Habs becoming a theatre troupe?

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:25 PM


      • 19to77 - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        I was hoping someone would say that.

  6. papajack1259 - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    I thought he handled himself well with the press win or lose.Will he Flop? I can not say. I would hate to think a team coach promotes embellishing…..but there ain’t no doubt that PKU had the team Flopping like fish on deck. The teams are meeting to discuss this very issue, like the Brady “Tuck” rule they will have a Subban “Feigned Flop” rule the refs have to put the whistle away the best refs are the ones you do not see or HEAR

  7. billsin20xx - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I’d love to know what old the old Hab legends think of this current team of floppers/divers. It has to be tough to see a team you loved become the laughingstock of the league.

  8. dolphincult - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    sportsjudge or habsgrudge?
    get over it

  9. adamal17 - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    I can’t believe that an original six organization would want as big of a tool representing their team as Therrien is. I would be embarrassed to have him associated with my team in any way. His actions, words and how he carried himself through the playoffs not only made the Canadiens look like idiots but his players even started sounding like him (calling out a player with a broken jaw, suggesting he was faking). This organization now has a cancer…immune to any treatment. It’s a shame.

  10. matt14gg - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:11 AM

    They will regret this contract.

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