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Canadiens third-year coach Guy Carbonneau gets contract extension

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ST-JOVITE, Que. - The Montreal Canadiens have given head coach Guy Carbonneau a multi-year contract extension, the NHL club announced Friday.

Carbonneau would not say how long the extension was for, other than to say "it's more than one year and less than 10." The former Canadiens captain led the club to first place in the Eastern Conference last season.

The 48-year-old joined the Montreal staff on Jan. 14, 2006, as associate to head coach and general manager Bob Gainey. He took over as head coach on May 5, 2006.

In two seasons as head coach, his record is 89-59-16.

Carbonneau played 13 seasons with the Canadiens beginning in 1980-81, winning the Frank Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward three times.

He later played one season in St. Louis and five more in Dallas before he retired in 2000. He won three Stanley Cups, two with the Canadiens and one with the Stars.

The Sept-Iles, Que., native was an assistant coach in Montreal before he became assistant general manager in Dallas in 2002. Then he opted to go back to Montreal.

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