Claude Julien was fired and general manager Bob Gainey took over as interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, with former Montreal captain Guy Carbonneau tabbed to become head coach at the end of the season. Carbonneau, who was serving as assistant GM for the Dallas Stars, was hired as an associate coach and has already signed a contract to become head coach at season's end.FULL STORY...
Julien takes the fall
After a spell atop the standings early in the season, the Montreal Canadiens have fallen to 10th in the Eastern Conference.
MONTREAL (CP) -- Claude Julien was fired and general manager Bob Gainey took over as interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
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Off the Island
The Islanders currently occupy 12th spot in the Eastern Conference, seven points out of the final playoff spot.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Not only do the New York Islanders have a new coach, they're going to get a new general manager, too.A shake-up in the making finally occurred Thursday when assistant Brad Shaw replaced fired coach Steve Stirling, and GM Mike Milbury said he'll step aside after helping owner Charles Wang pick a successor.
"It is clear that changes need to be made with the Islanders and I am taking the responsibility of delivering the message firsthand," Wang said at a news conference at Nassau Coliseum."We have underperformed this season. We have a very talented team. Our fans have every right to be disappointed -- so am I and so is everyone in the Islanders family."The biggest surprise was the fall of Milbury, who seemed untouchable after an eighth coaching change in the past nine years. Milbury will leave the hockey operations side, and will move into a role as a vice president in charge of Wang's sports properties. Wang said he hopes to have a new GM by "the June draft date and off-season signing period."