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Canadiens sign Michel Therrien to four-year contract extension

Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien on the bench during the third period

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The Montreal Canadiens signed head coach Michel Therrien to a four-year contract extension on Saturday, two weeks after they were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Therrien, who has coached the Canadiens for the past two seasons, has one year remaining on his contract before the extension kicks in.

The 50-year-old led Montreal to the playoffs twice in the last two years, falling to the Ottawa Senators in five games in the first round of the 2012-13 post-season, and following that up with a six-game Eastern Conference final loss to the New York Rangers this year.

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At an end-of-the-season media availability earlier this month, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed that Therrien would be back behind Montreal's bench.

Therrien coached the Canadiens for parts of the 2000-2003 seasons, and was 77-77-22-14 over that span for a 152-119-22-13 overall record with the team.

Prior to his second stint with Montreal, Therrien coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for parts of four seasons, making it to the Stanley Cup final in 2008 before losing to the Detroit Red Wings in six games.

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