Canadiens fire coach Claude Julien amid losing stretch
Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien, left, keeps an eye on practice as support staff wearing protective equipment look on as they hold their first NHL hockey practice in Brossard, Quebec, Monday, July 13, 2020. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL, QUE – The struggling Montreal Canadiens fired head coach Claude Julien and associate coach Kirk Muller on Wednesday following a three-game skid. Assistant coach Dominique Ducharme was appointed interim coach, and Alex Burrows was added to the Canadiens’ coaching staff. Muller took over the head coaching duties and the Habs extended the top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers to six games before bowing out. Ducharme joined the Canadiens' coaching staff in April 2018 after 10 seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
NHL's older coaches debate wearing masks, taking precautions
In this photo provided by the Dallas Stars NHL hockey team, interim head coach Rick Bowness watches practice in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. You get out there and you miss it, the Dallas Stars coach said. You realize how much you enjoy being out there.The NHLs oldest head coach still worries about COVID-19 but not enough to stop doing his job. Im going to have to adjust to it, there is no question. The average age of the 24 head coaches in the playoffs is just under 54, the second-oldest behind the NBA among North Americas four major professional sports leagues.
Red Wings end 9-game skid against Montreal with 4-2 win
Anthony Mantha of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his goal with teammates on the bench against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at the Bell Centre on October 10, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)MONTREAL - Claude Julien feels his Montreal Canadiens have simply not been sharp enough to start the season. The Canadiens lost 4-2 to the Detroit Red Wings in their home opener on Thursday night, Montreal's third defeat in a week. Darren Helm, Tyler Bertuzzi and Luke Glendenning also scored for the Red Wings, who have three wins in four games this season. With the score tied 2-2 in the second period, Mantha scored the eventual winner on the power play at 15:38.