2021 Canadiens Head Coach Search: List of Candidates

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With Claude Julien Fired, Who Will be the Next Head Coach for the Montreal Canadiens in 2021-2022? Who are the Favorites to Coach the Habs?

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2021 Canadiens Head Coach Search: List of Candidates

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Full Story on Claude Julien Being Fired as Montreal Canadiens Head Coach

With Claude Julien gone, now is the time for the Montreal Canadiens to make a list of top candidates. In fact, the recognizable applicants could be qualified to become the team’s new head coach for the 2021-2022 Season. Montreal fired Julien as Head Coach after nearly five seasons and a 129-123-35 record in his second stint (7-9 in the playoffs). The Canadiens also fired assistant coach Kirk Muller. Assistant Coach Dominique Ducharme will be the Interim Coach for the remainder of the season. Claude Julien previously coached the Habs from 2003 until 2006. Overall, Julien’s time with Montreal compiled a record of 201-185-10-50 in nearly eight seasons (11-16 in the postseason).

Claude Julien’s Career with Montreal

Claude Julien led the Canadiens to three playoff appearances in both stints as head coach. However, at the time of the firing in 2021, the Habs were 2-4-2 over the last eight games. Montreal has not advanced past the first round since the 2014-2015 season. The Habs have not won a Stanley Cup title since 1993. In fact, Montreal has been to the Eastern Conference Finals twice since the 2000’s: 2010 and 2014.

Before coming to Montreal for the second time in 2017, he was the head coach for the New Jersey Devils (2006-2007) and Boston Bruins (2007-2017). He guided the Bruins to a Stanley Cup championship in 2011. Julien also led Boston to a Stanley Cup Finals berth in 2013, but lost to the Blackhawks in six games.

What’s Next for the Habs?

Now, many Canadiens fans might be wondering: Who is the leading candidate to replace Claude Julien in 2021-2022? The top candidates listed in this article have prior coaching experience. In addition, those candidates have been on the coaching staff for at least five years. For the list of top candidates to replace Claude Julien as Montreal Canadiens Head Coach, please refer to the information below!

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Possible Candidates to Replace Claude Julien as Canadiens Head Coach

NOTE: HC=Head Coach, AC-Assistant Coach

Internal Candidates

Dominique Ducharme-Canadiens

  • Halifax Mooseheads HC (2011-2016)
  • Drummondville Voltigeurs HC (2016-2018)
  • Canadiens AC (2018-2021)
  • Canadiens Interim Coach (2021)

Top Head Coach Candidates for Montreal to Consider

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Gerard Gallant-Golden Knights

  • Blue Jackets AC (2001-2004)
  • Blue Jackets HC (2004-2007)
  • Islanders AC (2007-2009)
  • Saint John Sea Dogs HC (2009-2012)
  • Canadiens AC (2012-2014)
  • FL Panthers HC (2014-2017)
  • Golden Knights HC (2017-2020)

Scott Arniel-Capitals

  • Manitoba Moose HC (2006-2010)
  • Blue Jackets HC (2010-2012)
  • Chicago Wolves HC (2012-2013)
  • Rangers AC (2013-2018)
  • Capitals AC (2018-Present)

Mike Yeo-Flyers

  • Penguins AC (2006-2010)
  • Houston Aeros HC (2010-2011)
  • Wild HC (2011-2016)
  • Blues AC (2016-2017)
  • Blues HC (2017-2019)
  • Flyers AC (2019-Present)

Dan Bylsma-Red Wings

  • Penguins HC (2008-2014)
  • Sabres HC (2015-2017)
  • Red Wings AC (2018-Present)

Leading Candidate to Replace Claude Julien as Canadiens Head Coach

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Jack Capuano-Senators

  • Bridgeport Sound Tigers HC (2007-2010)
  • Islanders HC (2010-2017)
  • FL Panthers AC (2017-2019)
  • Senators AC (2019-Present)

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