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Just one day after being hired, Michel Therrien's reconstruction of the coaching staff has begun. On Wednesday, it was announced that Assistant Coach Randy Ladouceur and Interim Coach-turned Assistant Coach Randy Cunneyworth had both been relieved of their duties effective immediately. No replacements have been named yet.
Both Randy's joined the Habs' coaching staff prior to the start of the 2011-12 season, replacing Kirk Muller who left the club to take over as head coach for the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals (before moving onto Carolina). They worked together the season before in Hamilton, leading the team to a surprising playoff run that saw them nearly complete a comeback from down 3-0 in the Conference Finals.
That level of success wasn't achieved with the Canadiens as Cunneyworth led the club to an 18-23-9 record after replacing coach Jacques Martin. Of course, his stint as head coach will be most remembered for the backlash that followed his hiring, one that inevitably led management and ownership to informally place the 'lame duck' tag on him about a day after asking him to assume the head coaching role. Interestingly enough, Ladouceur was the only assistant from opening night that actually stayed on in that role for the entire season with Cunneyworth moving to head coach while Perry Pearn was let go early in the year.
No announcement was made regarding the status of goaltending instructor Pierre Groulx. Therrien noted during his press conference that Carey Price would have a say in whether or not he stays on for next season.
In other news, both TSN and TVA Sports are reporting that Martin Lapointe will be stepping aside from his pro scouting duties with the Chicago Blackhawks to join Montreal as Director of Player Development. He will be the second former player to join Marc Bergevin's staff (the other being Scott Mellanby, hired last week as Director of Player Personnel).
- Michel Therrien named head coach posted by B. La Rose
- Official Press Release