The Montreal Canadiens have ensured that Michel Therrien will be around for a few more years by signing the head coach to a four-year extension that will run through the 2018-19 season.
General manager Marc Bergevin noted his excitement with the move in the team's press release:
We're very happy to have agreed to a contract extension with Michel Therrien for multiple seasons. Michel is an accomplished and experienced coach who has instilled a culture of hard work in our organization while helping develop our young players. 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.
Matthew Tabeek of CBS Sports was certainly happy about the move:
In his second stint with Montreal, Therrien has led an incredible turnaround with the franchise. The squad had the fewest points in the Eastern Conference in the 2011-12 season before the veteran coach arrived, only to reach the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
Over the last two years, the Canadiens have posted a 75-42-13 for a winning percentage of .627. This season, they reached the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the New York Rangers in six games.
In his nine-year career with Montreal and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Therrien has earned 655 points in 592 games with a winning percentage of .553. He also won the Eastern Conference title in 2008 with the Penguins.
With the leadership of the 50-year-old coach and the Canadiens' overall talent, the squad can certainly be top contenders to bring home the Stanley Cup next season.
Although there are some fans who question the coach's ability to get the most out of his players, his turnaround over the past two years have allowed him to earn this extension.
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