Therrien gets vote of confidence; Price recovery ‘slower than we expected’


Michel Therrien isn’t getting fired. Marc Bergevin said so this morning.

The vote of confidence from Montreal’s general manager came after his head coach’s job security became a hot topic as the Canadiens’ slump extended into January.

Since starting the season 19-4-3, the Habs have won just four times in their last 21 games.

“I’m responsible for everything that happens with this team,” Bergevin told reporters.

Now that the coaching staff’s status has been assured, the big question becomes whether Bergevin will try to improve his roster prior to the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

He doesn’t seem to be interested in any rentals:

Bergevin’s trade-deadline strategy may also depend on the status of injured netminder Carey Price, who won’t be back until February at the earliest.

“It’s slower than we expected,” Bergevin said of his star goalie’s recovery. “There hasn’t been a setback. I don’t know exactly the date, but I don’t think he will be back (before) three weeks or a month.”

The Canadiens are back in action Saturday in Toronto.

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