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Michel Therrien signs four-year extension to remain Canadiens coach

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Michel Therrien is signed through 2019 now in Montreal. (Getty Images)
Michel Therrien is signed through 2019 now in Montreal. (Getty Images)

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After he led the Montreal Canadiens to the Eastern Conference finals, the Montreal Canadiens have given head coach Michel Therrien a four-year contract extension.

Therrien had one more season remaining on his current contract so the new deal will kick in for the 2015-16 season and runs through 2018-19, thus meaning Therrien is under contract for another five seasons in Montreal.

"Michel is an accomplished and experienced coach who has instilled a culture of hard work in our organization while helping develop our young players," Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said. "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 came to Montreal as one of Bergevin's first moves as the GM in Montreal, taking a second stint behind the Habs bench after a tumultuous ending to the Jacques Martin and then Randy Cunneyworth eras. Getting a coach who spoke French was certainly important but Therrien had a few more appealing credentials than just his native language.

Therrien coached the Penguins for three and a half seasons in between stops in Montreal and in 2007-08 he led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final. After a few years off the Habs gave him another shot and he has responded by first leading the Canadiens to a division title in 2012-13 and then the conference final this season.

In the last two seasons the Canadiens are 75-42-13 under the 50-year-old Montreal native.

The deal was announced a short while after the Canadiens also announced they traded former first-round pick Louis LeBlanc to Anaheim for a conditional draft pick.

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