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Four More Years for Therrien

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The Montreal Canadiens awarded a 4-year contract extension to their head coach, Michel Therrien, earlier today. Therrien, who is in his second stint behind the Habs bench, is under contract until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Hired by GM Marc Bergevin in 2012 to replace Randy Cunneyworth, Therrien guided the team to a 75-42-13 (.627) record over the past two seasons. In 2013-14, he led the Habs to a 100-point season and a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers.

Therrien, who is 50 years old, has coached 592 games in the NHL and another 501 games in the AHL. He made his NHL coaching debut in 2000, when the Canadiens hired him to replace Alain Vigneault. In his first three seasons in Montreal, he guided the team to one playoff appearance before being fired in 2003.

He then took over the coaching job with the Pittsburgh Penguins for four seasons. He was dismissed in 2009, one year after leading the Pens to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they were eliminated in six games against the Detroit Red Wings.

In 320 regular season games with the Habs, Therrien earned 152 wins, 119 losses and 49 ties or losses in OT.

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