Canadiens extend Michel Therrien
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens have signed head coach Michel Therrien to a four-year contract extension Saturday, two weeks after they were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Therrien, who has coached the Canadiens for the past two seasons, has one year remaining on his contract before the extension starts.
He led Montreal to the playoffs twice in the past two years, falling to the Ottawa Senators in five games in the first round in 2012-13. He followed that up with a loss to the New York Rangers in six games in the Eastern Conference final this year.
Earlier this month, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed that Therrien would be back behind Montreal's bench.
Therrien also coached the Canadiens for parts of the 2000-2003 seasons.
Prior to his second stint with Montreal, Therrien coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for parts of four seasons, making it to the Stanley Cup finals in 2008 before losing to the Detroit Red Wings in six games.
Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press
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