Marc Bergevin isn’t satisfied with the Montreal Canadiens, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to make a coaching change to fix it.
Renaud Lavoie, writing in French for the Journal de Montreal on Monday, reported that Michel Therrien will be back as head coach of the Canadiens next season.
“Right now, there is no doubt in everybody’s mind, in this organization, that Michel Therrien is going to be back,” Lavoie said on Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Jeff Blair Show Tuesday.
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Injuries have riddled Montreal’s lineup this season, including a lower-body injury to star goaltender Carey Price, which has kept him out since late November.
The Canadiens (32-31-6) are still not mathematically out of playoff contention — sitting nine points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Lavoie told the Jeff Blair Show that Bergevin and Therrien are really tight and that he believes the players already know their coach will be returning for the 2016-17 season.
“Marc addressed the players lots this season,” Lavoie said. “I think the message was clear. ‘Guys, we need to find a solution here because, you know, don’t expect anything else. This is our group right now and we’re going to evaluate everybody.’”
Bergevin told Lavoie that he will revisit Montreal’s situation at the end of the season.
Therrien has a 157-95-29 record with the Canadiens since returning as their coach in 2012.