The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday they fired head coach Michel Therrien. On the same day, the team announced they will replace Therrien with former Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien.
The Canadiens are in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 31-19-8 record, but GM Marc Bergevin said in a statement the team was searching for some “new energy.”
“The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a difficult one because I have lots of respect for him. I came to the conclusion that our team needed a new energy, a new voice, a new direction.
“Claude Julien is an experienced and well respected coach with a good knowledge of the Montreal market. Claude has been very successful as an NHL coach and he won the Stanley Cup. Today we hired the best available coach, and one of the league’s best. I am convinced that he has the capabilities to get our team back on the winning track.”
Julien was fired last week by the Bruins after 10 straight seasons behind the bench.