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.