Habs extend coach Therrien's contract, trade Louis Leblanc

The Montreal Canadiens signed head coach Michel Therrien to a four-year contract extension on Saturday.

Therrien has coached the Canadiens for the past two seasons, compiling a 75-42-13 record and leading Montreal to the playoffs in both years.

He also coached the Canadiens for parts of the 2000-2003 seasons, and was 77-77-22-14 over that span.

Montreal was eliminated by the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final this season.

At an end-of-the-season media availability earlier this month, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed that Therrien would be back behind Montreal's bench.

Prior to his second stint with Montreal, Therrien coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for parts of four seasons, making it to the Stanley Cup final in 2008 before losing to the Detroit Red Wings in six games.

Also, the Habs have traded forward Louis Leblanc to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday in exchange for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Leblanc had 10 points (five goals and five assists) in 50 career games with Montreal.

The 23-year-old from Pointe-Claire, Que., made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 2011-12, leading team rookies in goals and ranking second in scoring.


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