Julien has coached 997 regular season games in the NHL (Montreal, New Jersey and Boston), including the last 10 seasons with the Bruins (2007 to 2017); he was relieved of his duties on February 7.
"The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a hard one because I have lots of respect for him", Montreal GM Marc Bergevin said.
The Canadiens have firedMichel Therrien and have named Claude Julien, the recently fired coach of the Bruins, as his replacement.
Instead, in a surprise turnabout, Julien is headed to Montreal for the second time in his career.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said Julien had been appointed to bring a "new energy, a new voice, a new direction" to the franchise. The move made loads of sense for the Canadiens, especially after the latest lifeless loss the Canadiens suffered, which fittingly came at the hands of the Bruins last Sunday.
Michel Therrien, who had coached Montreal the last five seasons, was relieved of his duties Tuesday in the freaky midseason swap, which comes as the Habs have lost 10 of their last 13 games. The Bruins collapsed at the end of each of the last two seasons, missing the playoffs both times, and this year's team appeared headed for another playoff miss until Cassidy replaced Julien. The Bruins are six points behind the Canadiens in the Atlantic.
Therrien, 53, was in his fifth season of his second tour of duty as Canadiens coach and had three playoff appearances with a trip to the 2014 Eastern Conference final. Compiling a record of 141-109-16 in four seasons in Hull, he led his team to the Memorial Cup in 1997. He was the Bruins' all-time coaching wins leader after putting together a 419-246-94 record with the team. Therrien compiled a 406-303-23-82 record in 814 regular season games as head coach in the National Hockey League.