So much for those rumors about Patrick Roy being the next head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Instead of hiring a former Canadiens player to take over the prime spot behind the Habs’ bench, the team opted to go with a former Canadiens coach in Michel Therrien.
The Canadiens announced Tuesday that Therrien has left his job as a television analyst for RDS and will be the new head coach for the 2012-13 season, his second stint with the historic franchise. Therrien broke into the NHL coaching ranks with the Canadiens back on Nov. 20, 2000. He coached the club for parts of three seasons, compiling a regular season record of 77-77-36 before being fired 46 games into the 2002-03 season. He would then go on to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2007 to 2009, when he was replaced by Dan Bylsma, who would of course lead the Pens to a Stanley Cup that season.
Therrien had a 135-105-32 record with the Penguins, and has an overall record of 212-182-68 in 499 games at the NHL level.
He inherits a Canadiens team that finished 31-35-16 last year, missing the postseason for the first time in five seasons.