With many Canadiens fans calling for coach Michel Therrien to be fired following Saturday’s embarrassing 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals, Guy Boucher – one of the possible candidates to coach in Montreal – is headed to Switzerland to coach SC Bern.
TSN.ca reported Monday morning that SC Bern had announced Boucher (photo above) as their new head coach. The 39-year-old coached the Habs’ AHL farm club in Hamilton before making the move to the NHL to become head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boucher posted a 97-78-20 record over two seasons with the Lightning before being fired last season.
As of 1:30 p.m. Monday on our HI/O poll question, 69 per cent said the Canadiens should fire Therrien.
After a day off Sunday, the Canadiens practised Monday morning in Brossard as they prepare to face the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690). Louis Leblanc missed the practice due to an illness, while Alex Galchenyuk – who is recovering from a broken hand suffered three weeks ago – skated alone before practice and is on schedule with his recovery.
Therrien confirmed after practice that Carey Price, who has been pulled in two of his last three starts, will be in goal against the Hurricanes when the Canadiens will be looking to end a four-game losing streak. The Canadiens have only four wins in their last 13 games (4-7-2).
After practice, Therrien spoke to reporters in Brossard about the pressure of coaching and playing in Montreal.
“We know we play in a very passionate market, and that’s something we’ve emphasized with our players,” Therrien said.
“What I keep reminding our players is to stay humble and concentrated when we are having success; you are never as good as people say when things are going well. On the flip side, you are never as bad as you think when things are not going well. You need to stay in that same pattern and to keeping doing the right things regardless of what’s happening. My only preoccupation was making sure we have a good practice today.”
After facing Carolina, the Canadiens will travel to Boston to face the Bruins Thursday night and then play back-to-back Super Bowl weekend afternoon games at the Bell Centre against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Both of those games are 1 p.m. starts.
The Hurricanes play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night before travelling to Montreal.
Here’s how the Canadiens’ lines and defence pairings looked at Monday’s practice:
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