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.
Are Red Wings in play for Victor Mete?
(Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)Defenseman Victor Mete has reportedly requested a trade from the Montreal Canadiens -- could the Detroit Red Wings look to add him right now? Mete has been a healthy scratch in Montreal after rookie Alexander Romanov played his way into the lineup, bumping Mete. The Red Wings have been named among several teams that could be in play for Mete. What would Yzerman be willing to give up to add Mete to the Red Wings defensive group? More Red Wings headlines:
Throwback 5-game series force players to 'embrace the grind'
In a unique situation like this, youre going from not playing to playing playoff-style hockey, so youve got to embrace the grind mentally, physically.This is a different kind of grind after four-plus months off the ice. Eddie Olczyk won and lost one best-of-five series early in his playing career with Chicago and remembers the nerves of being 18 and 19 years old in those moments. Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour understands that urgency despite being drafted two years after the NHL moved to all best-of-seven series. His Hurricanes face the Rangers, whose president, John Davidson, won the only two best-of-five series he played in with New York. In a short series, Quenneville said, anything can happen.___AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report.