MONTREAL - Former Montreal Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau said he is unhappy he was fired and that he didn't see the dismissal coming.
Carbonneau, who was let go by general manager Bob Gainey on March 9, said he thought the team was heading in the right direction.
"I'm definitely not happy," he told a news conference at the Bell Centre on Wednesday in his first public comments since the firing.
"I think I was in a good position. I didn't expect it, definitely. It's never an easy situation.
"I thought we were going in the right direction despite the fact we were struggling for a while. It's the first time I've been fired, so it's new to me."
Carbonneau, who celebrated his 49th birthday on Wednesday, said he is proud of his record as Canadiens coach over the last four years, especially last season when the team finished atop the Eastern Conference.
Carbonneau said he is a Canadiens fan through and through and that he hopes the team does well the rest of the season.
The Canadiens have one win in four games with Gainey behind the bench.