NHL Notes: Canadiens Fire Michel Therrien, Hire Claude Julien as Head Coach

The Montreal Canadiens have fired coach Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien to replace him.

Julien was just fired as coach of the Boston Bruins last week. Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin made the announcement Tuesday, two days into his team's bye week.

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The Canadiens are the NHL's worst team since the start of January and lost 4-0 to the Bruins on Sunday. They next play Saturday against Winnipeg.

Therrien was in his fifth season of his second tour of duty as Canadiens coach. They missed the playoffs last season after goaltender Carey Price injured his knee in November.

Julien returns to Montreal, where he coached from 2003-2006. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 and was the longest-tenured coach until last week.

BLUES: Stasny placed on IR
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues forward Paul Stastny has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

The team said the veteran was injured during the Blues' 2-1 overtime win on Feb. 9 in Toronto.

The 31-year-old Stastny is in his third season with the Blues after being signed as a free agent on July 1, 2014. He is tied for fourth on the team with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 54 games. 

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