Source: Michel Therrien in the running for Panthers head coaching job


Michel Therrien. (Graham Hughes/CP)

Former Montreal Canadiens bench boss Michel Therrien is among candidates interviewing for the Florida Panthers’ vacant head coaching job, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels.

Therrien was fired on Feb. 14 by the Canadiens, who immediately replaced him with Claude Julien. He was in the fifth season of his second tenure with the club and led the team to a 31-19-8 record this past season before being let go.

The 53-year-old Therrien has also coached the Pittsburgh Penguins during his 12-year head coaching career and has tallied 271 regular season wins.

“We’re looking for a guy that’s a good communicator, is a good teacher, a modern guy, a contemporary-type guy that can deal with these millenials and Generation Z, whatever that means. That’s what we’re looking for, somebody that has a little experience, but who also is very knowledgeable about how to deal with young players because we have a young core,” Tallon told Sportsnet at the NHL Draft Lottery.

The Panthers named Tom Rowe as interim coach mid-season after they fired Gerard Gallant in unceremonious fashion.

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