Kirk Muller re-joins Canadiens coaching staff as associate

Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Kirk Muller, in 2010. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Kirk Muller is once again back with the Montreal Canadiens.

Muller was named as an associate coach by the Canadiens on Thursday, marking his return to the organization where he played for four seasons and got his start in coaching.

“We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Kirk Muller, and are extremely happy about his desire to return to the Canadiens’ organization,” Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement.

“Kirk brings a great deal of experience, determination and leadership, and I have no doubt that these qualities will be essential for our coaching staff.”

The Canadiens missed the playoffs this season after going 38-38-5 without star goaltender Carey Price.

Muller, who will join Michel Therrien’s coaching staff, was an assistant with the Habs from 2006-2011. The team made the playoffs four times during that stretch.

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The 50-year-old spent the last two years as an assistant coach with Ken Hitchcock’s St. Louis Blues. The Blues were eliminated by the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final this spring.

After leaving Montreal, Muller served as the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes‘ AHL affiliate before making the jump to Hurricanes head coach in November 2011, where he remained for three seasons.

Muller captained the Canadiens in 1994-95 while leading them to a Stanley Cup in 1993. He finished his career with 357 goals and 602 assists in 1,349 regular season games.

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