Canadiens announce four-year contract extension for Michel Therrien
The Montreal Canadiens announced today that they have given head coach Michel Therrien a four-year contract extension that will start at the end of next season. Therrien’s new extension will begin in the 2015-2016 season through to the 2018-2019 season.
Earlier reports from numerous sources suggested the Canadiens and Therrien already had this contract extension in place during the playoffs and were waiting to announce it until after the Stanley Cup Finals. Other reports and sources suggested it would have been a two-year extension and not a four-year deal.
Here is the official release,
MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Saturday a four-year contract extension for head coach Michel Therrien (2015-16 to 2018-19). “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”, said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. Now 50, Michel Therrien has coached close to 1,100 games in professional hockey (592 games in the NHL and 501 in the American Hockey League). Over the past two seasons as head coach of the Canadiens, Michel Therrien has led the team to an overall record of 75-42-13, recording 163 points in 130 regular season games for a winning percentage of .627. Under his leadership, the Canadiens posted a 100-point season in 2013-14, the team’s highest point total since 2007-08. Therrien led Montreal to the Eastern Conference finals this postseason, losing in six games to the New York Rangers. In 320 career regular season games as the Canadiens head coach, he has a record of 152 wins, 119 losses and 49 ties or OTLs.