Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Habs Coach Therrien Calls Job 'Gratifying' but Also 'Thankless Task'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Habs Coach Therrien Calls Job 'Gratifying' but Also 'Thankless Task'

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Therrien gracious in first comments since firing

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MONTREAL - Two days after being fired by the Montreal Canadiens, Michel Therrien says being an NHL coach is a tough job that is "gratifying on many levels but it can also quickly become a thankless task."

In a statement released Thursday, Therrien said he understood why general manager Marc Bergevin made the decision to let him go and bring in Claude Julien.

"When a team is experiencing difficulties, any head coach knows his job is on the line," Therrien said. "I understand and accept this reality."

After starting the season 13-1-1, Montreal had hit a tough patch, going 2-6-1 over its last nine games.

Therrien, who struck a gracious tone in the statement, wished his successor the best.

"I leave with my head held high: I am very proud of the work accomplished over the past five years," he said. …

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