Canadiens name Michel Therrien new coach

CanadiensThe Montreal Canadiens made it official on Tuesday morning and announced that Michel Therrien is their new coach. The move was first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger on Monday night, just hours after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

For Therrien it will be his second stop in Montreal as the Canadiens bench boss.

He was previously the coach in Montreal for parts of three seasons between 2000 and 2003, leading the team to a 77-77-23 record, which is pretty much the definition of mediocrity.

After leaving the Canadiens, Therrien joined the Pittsburgh organization and was named coach of the NHL club during the 2005-06 season, replacing Ed Olczyk. He had a no-nonsense approach from day one, was always brutally honest, and eventually led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final during the 2007-08 season where they lost to the Detroit Red Wings in six games. Following a disappointing start to the following season he was fired, while the Penguins went on to win the Cup under the guidance of Dan Bylsma.

Therrien hasn't coached in the NHL since.

Was this the best the Canadiens could do? Especially after it didn't work out the first time they tried this in Montreal? We'll soon find out.

And just because we can't write about, talk about, or think about Michel Therrien without having an image of this, here is taste of what he brings to the discussion when it comes to challenging his players through the media.

Get ready because this could be amazing.

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Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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