MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Saturday major changes to the team's coaching staff. Gainey himself will take over as head coach by interim and Guy Carbonneau will join the team as an associate coach; Doug Jarvis (associate coach) and Roland Melanson (assistant coach) will remain with the club. Claude Julien and Rick Green were relieved of their duties.
Gainey became the 15th General Manager in Canadiens history on June 2, 2003. Now 52, Gainey played his entire NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens from 1973 to 1989, assuming the role of team captain for his last eight seasons. His resume includes five Stanley Cup championships (1975 through 1979 and 1985-86) and seven Prince of Wales Conference championships. A four-time NHL All-Star, Gainey also won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as best defensive forward four straight seasons, from 1978 to 1981, more than any other NHL player. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1979.
Gainey joined the Minnesota North Stars as Head Coach in 1990. A year later, he led his team to the Stanley Cup Finals. He was the Stars' head coach and General Manager from 1992 to 1996; during that time, he managed the team's move to their new home in Dallas. From 1996 to 2002, as the Stars' General Manager, Gainey led his team to a Stanley Cup Championship (1999), five consecutive Division Championships (from 1996 to 2001), and two Presidents Trophies for finishing with the best regular season record (in 1998 and 1999). Gainey has a total of 415 NHL regular season games and 45 playoff games behind the bench.
At age 45, Carbonneau entered his third season as assistant GM of the Dallas Stars in 2005-06. Carbonneau was an assistant coach with the Canadiens from November 2000 until the end of the 2001-02 season, helping guide the team through 144 regular season games and 12 playoff games. He held the position of Supervisor of prospect development from August to November 2000. The 18-year NHL veteran announced his retirement as a player in July 2000, following a brilliant career that saw him win three Stanley Cup Championships and three Selke Trophies (in 1988, 1989 and 1992). Carbonneau was a Canadiens' 3rd round selection and the 44th overall pick in 1979. He spent the first 12 seasons of his career in Montreal, winning two Stanley Cups in 1986 and 1993. Captain of the Canadiens for five seasons (from 1989 to 1994), he also played for the St. Louis Blues in 1994-95 before joining the Stars. He played in Dallas from 1995 to 2000, winning a third Stanley Cup in 1998-99. He made the Stanley Cup playoffs 17 out of 18 NHL seasons.
Claude Julien became the 26th head coach in the history of the Canadiens on Jan. 17, 2003. He posted a regular season coaching record of 72-62-10-15 with the team. This season was Rick Green's fifth as an assistant coach; he had joined the staff back on November 27, 2000.