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Therrien out, Julien in as head coach in Montreal

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The Montreal Canadiens have fired Michel Therrien and subsequently hired Claude Julien as their head coach. The team announced the move earlier Tuesday.

This move comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Canadiens are currently in first place of the Eastern’s Atlantic Division, with a record of 31-19-8, good for 70 points. The Canadiens have struggled as of late, having lost two in a row and holding a 3-6-1 record in their past 10 games.

Julien was fired last week by the Boston Bruins after he struggled to achieve consistency in Boston. While in Boston, Julien racked up a record of 419-238-94 in 759 games coached, where he led the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Finals appearances, winning one in 2011.

This isn’t the first time that this move has occurred in the organization. During the 2002-2003 season, Therrien was fired after the team started 18-19-5-4 and was replaced by Julien. Julien put together a 72-62-15-10 record in his first go around in Montreal, and was fired in January 2006.

Therrien gathered a record of 194-121-37 in 352 games coached in his second stint with the Canadiens. He guided Montreal to three playoff appearances, with the best finish being in the 2013-2014 season, where they lost to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The team also had back-to-back 100-point seasons with Therrien behind the bench.

Despite the success in during Therrien’s second tenure, Montreal felt it was best to move on. The team did fail to make the playoffs last season after goaltender Carey Price was out for the season due to an MCL sprain suffered early in the season. Therrien has also been given part of the responsibility of the falling out between the organization and PK Subban.

It can also be wondered if the coaching change would’ve come sooner if Montreal would not have had the guideline that their head coaches must speak French.

The Montreal front office is hoping that Julien can spark the team in the final 24 games of the season and prepare them for a deep playoff run.