After getting fired as coach of the Montreal Canadiens in February, Michel Therrien has reportedly returned to the Habs.
He won’t, however, be behind the bench.
According to reports on Friday, Therrien has re-joined the Canadiens as a scout for this season. Per NHL.com, he will scout Panthers and Lightning games.
“I want to be out there, I want to see games and I want to be ready,” Therrien told TSN 690, per NHL.com. “I’m not going to stay in my place and wait for the phone call. I did that before when I lost my job in Pittsburgh [as Penguins coach in 2009]. I want to see as many games as I can and this is what I’m expecting to do next year [for the Canadiens].”
The Habs came flying out of the gate last season, going 13-1-1 in their first 15 games. But they struggled after that with only 18 wins in their next 43 games, leading to Therrien’s dismissal. He was replaced by Claude Julien, who had been let go by the Bruins.
Therrien was among the candidates for the Florida Panthers head coaching gig before Bob Boughner was named to the position.