Canadiens give Therrien four-year extension

The Montreal Canadiens gave coach Michel Therrien a four-year contract extension on Saturday.

Therrien guided the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference finals. The team is 75-42-13 in the past seasons under Therrien.

The new contract begins in the 2015-16 season and runs through 2018-19.

Therrien, 50, had one more year left on his contract.

"Michel is an accomplished and experienced coach who has instilled a culture of hard work in our organization while helping develop our young players," general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "Michel and his coaching staff work in a unique and demanding hockey market and the team's success over the last two seasons are a reflection of their excellent work. This decision reflects our desire for stability and consistency within our hockey operations department."

After a first stint coaching the Canadiens, Therrien coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for three-plus seasons. He returned to Montreal for a second stint and led the team to a division title in the 2012-13 season.

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