The Montreal Canadiens got off to a quick 12-3 start this season, but had only won 7 of their last 25 games prior to yesterday. But it still came as somewhat of a surprise when their general manager Bob Gainey announced the removal of Claude Julien as coach and moved himself into that position. He also brought in former Canadiens captain Guy Carbonneau as an associate coach to replace Rick Green and he will also be the next head coach of the team. Julien was made aware of the change by Gainey in a phone call Saturday morning and both him and Rick Green remain under contract with the Canadiens.
The New York Islanders are far, far removed from their glory years of the early 1980s. They have not been a model of consistency, going through eight coaches in the last nine years and for the most part, playing sub-par hockey. Steve Stirling was the eight victim, fired after about a year and a half on the job. Assistant coach and former Ottawa Senators captain and defenseman Brad Shaw will take over the coaching duties on an interim basis. Shaw will coach the team for the rest of this season with the goal of turning around their season and making the playoffs.