NHL

Montreal Canadiens fire Therrien, hire Julien as coach

  • Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien watches from the behind the bench during the closing moments of the team's NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien watches from the behind the bench during the closing moments of the team's NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien speaks during a news conference following an NHL hockey practice in Brossard, Quebec. The Montreal Canadiens have fired coach Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien to replace him. Montreal general manager Marc Bervegin made the announcement Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 two days into his team’s bye week. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien speaks during a news conference following an NHL hockey practice in Brossard, Quebec. The Montreal Canadiens have fired coach Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien to replace him. Montreal general manager Marc Bervegin made the announcement Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 two days into his team’s bye week. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 14, 2016 file photo, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien speaks at a news conference at TD Garden after the Bruins failed to reach the playoffs for the second straight year. The Montreal Canadiens have fired coach Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien to replace him. Montreal general manager Marc Bervegin made the announcement Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 two days into his team’s bye week. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

    FILE - In this April 14, 2016 file photo, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien speaks at a news conference at TD Garden after the Bruins failed to reach the playoffs for the second straight year. The Montreal Canadiens have fired coach Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien to replace him. Montreal general manager Marc Bervegin made the announcement Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 two days into his team’s bye week. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Montreal Canadiens have fired coach Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien to replace him.

Julien was just fired as coach of the Boston Bruins last week. Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin made the announcement Tuesday, two days into his team's bye week.

The Canadiens are the NHL's worst team since the start of January and lost 4-0 to the Bruins on Sunday. They next play Saturday against Winnipeg.

Therrien was in his fifth season of his second tour of duty as Canadiens coach. They missed the playoffs last season after goaltender Carey Price injured his knee in November.

Julien returns to Montreal, where he coached from 2003-2006. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 and was the longest-tenured coach until last week.