Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin explained his decision to fire head coach Claude Julien “I had talks with Claude in the last little while and I know the message he was telling the players and what was happening was not the same,” Bergevin said, according to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen. “It happens in all sports. Claude is a very good coach, it’s just at some point the player needs a new voice.”
The Canadiens won just two of their last eight games after starting the season 7-1-2. Bergevin said he saw his team trending in the wrong direction and decided to act before things got worse.
The team announced Wednesday that Dominique Ducharme has been named interim head coach and Alex Burrows has been added to the coaching staff. Kirk Mueller was also relieved of his coaching duties.