validates that Dominique Ducharme will be the coach for at least the rest of this season after shooting coach Claude Julien on Wednesday. 4:56"We're chasing our tail, we're going after the puck, we
're not in sync. Which was frustrating for me."If the message is the exact same and they're acting in a different way, then change needs to be made."
Bergevin stated he desired to provide Julien and Muller an "honest try" to fix things over the team's recent six-day break.
"After that week off, I believed we would really come out flying, refocused, re-energized and back in sync. And I didn't see that," he stated.
Putting Ducharme in charge offers the gamers a "different voice," Bergevin said.
The Canadiens also promoted Alex Burrows to assistant coach. Burrows, formerly a winger for the Senators and Vancouver Canucks, has been a member of the training staff for the Habs' AHL affiliate in Laval, Que., the previous two seasons.
'A brand-new design of coach'
Ducharme will "100 percent" remain at the helm for the remainder of the season, Bergevin stated.
"Quarantine or no quarantine, [Ducharme] was my person from the time I made my decision," the GM stated. "The reason why, he's a brand-new design of coach, a young coach that came a long way, had success at the junior level, had success at the world junior level. I feel that a brand-new voice is what the team requires."
Ducharme, who will make his launching when Montreal plays Thursday in Winnipeg, said he desires the Canadiens to spend less time in their zone, produce more turnovers and provide more support to the gamer who has the puck.
Handling the role of head coach is similar to taking a seat to take an examination when you know you've studied hard, he said.
"I feel comfortable, I feel prepared. I'm confident in the group, I'm positive in the people I'm dealing with. And I'm all set to go," said the 47-year-old local of Joliette, Que.
Still, being appointed to the position featured a variety of emotions.
"I'm losing two associates and 2 excellent individuals. To see them leave, obviously, it's a mixed sensations," Ducharme stated. "But I'm happy to be here. It's been a long roadway for me. I didn't take the highway, I went the side roadway, but I'm proud of that. And I believe it made me grow as a coach. And today I'm prepared for it."
We are all here pulling for you ❤ Bigger and Brighter things ahead ... All the Best to the < @CanadiensMTL players!.?.!—@kellymuller76!.?.! Julien went back to the Habs for his 2nd go-round as head coach midway through the 2016-17 season. He previously lead the group from January 2003 through January 2006. After being dismissed by Montreal
in 2006, he signed up with the New Jersey Devils for a quick stint, then went on to coach the Bruins from 2007 up until
2017, winning a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011. Julien, 60, needed to leave the team throughout the preliminary of the playoffs last year in Toronto when he had a stent installed in a coronary artery. Muller took over the head coaching responsibilities and the Habs extended the top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers to 6 video games before bailing out. The Habs were the lowest-ranked group to receive the 24-team post-season in 2015 and then distressed the Pittsburgh Penguins in the certifying round. This season, a securely contested all-Canadian North Division has actually
increased the stakes for the seven groups north of the border, said Calgary Flames coach Geoff Ward."I think actually what we're starting to see is that the emotion of
the Canadian division is starting to come to the front,"he stated."And because of that, the rivalries are increase a bit and with the department being so tight, it can sway point of view extremely quickly one method or the other."Ward said he owes Julien "a lot"and sent him a text Wednesday morning when he heard the news. "He'll recover, if he wishes to and when he wishes to. He's a fantastic coach. And somebody else now will gain from what occurred today,"he said. @CanadiensMTL players!.?.!—@kellymuller76!.?.! Julien returned to the Habs for his second go-round as head coach midway through the 2016-17 season.