Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) - The Montreal Canadiens have fired head coach Michel Therrien and replaced him with Claude Julien , who was fired last Feb. 7 by the Boston Bruins.
The Canadiens made the move despite their first-place position in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. However, they currently have a 1-5-1 record in February.
"I would like to sincerely thank Michel for his relentless work with the Montreal Canadiens over his eight seasons behind the bench, including the last five seasons when we worked together," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement.
"Claude Julien is an experienced and well respected coach with a good knowledge of the Montreal market," Bergevin said. "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.
The 56-year-old Julien coached the Canadiens from January 2003 to January 2006, compiling a record of 72-62-10-15.
Julien has coached 997 regular season games in the NHL with Montreal, New Jersey and Boston, earning 538 wins, 332 losses, 10 ties and 117 overtime losses.
Julien held the distinction of NHL's longest-tenured coach until the Bruins fired him last week. He is Boston's all-time leader in coaching victories with 419 and guided the team to a Stanley Cup championship in 2011, their first title in 39 years.
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