The Montreal Canadiens fired coach Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien on Tuesday.

Julien was fired by the Boston Bruins on Feb. 7. He coached the Canadiens from 2002-06 and replaced Therrien in his previous stint as Montreal coach as well.

Therrien was in the fifth season of his second tenure as coach of the Canadiens, who lead the Atlantic Division with 70 points, but are 1-5-1 in their past seven games, and are 18-18-7 since starting the season 13-1-1.

"I would like to sincerely thank Michel for his relentless work with the Montreal Canadiens over his eight seasons behind the bench, including the last five seasons when we worked together," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said. "The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a difficult one because I have lots of respect for him.

"I came to the conclusion that our team needed a new energy, a new voice, a new direction. Claude Julien is an experienced and well-respected coach with a good knowledge of the Montreal market. Claude has been very successful as an NHL coach and he won the Stanley Cup. Today we hired the best available coach, and one of the League's best. I am convinced that he has the capabilities to get our team back on the winning track."