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The Montreal Canadiens have fired head coach Guy Carbonneau and general manager Bob Gainey will take over behind the bench.

Although they got off to a very strong start, the Canadiens have had their struggles this season. They currently sit in fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with 77 points.

Associate coach Doug Jarvis, assistant coaches Kirk Muller and Roland Melanson will all be staying with the club.

This will be Gainey's second stint as head coach of the team. He previously took over following the dismissal of Claude Julien during the 2005-06 season. He guided the club to a 23-15-3-0 record after the team went 19-16-6-0 under Julien. The Canadiens lost in the first round of the playoffs that season.

Controversy has followed the team in 2008/09 and they have dealt with several on and off ice issues.

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Sometimes this works, sometimes it blows up in the GM's face.

Still kind of odd in a way--but then it usually is when this happens.

You could actually have a pool for which coach of a probably playoff bound team that fires its coach late in the season.

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Montreal is a pressure cooker for any signs of weakness. At the slightest sign of trouble they make a rash choice to change it. The team is not in serious trouble right now. They played well at the start of the season, they've just hit a slump. They will still make the playoffs, making a coaching change this late in the year is going to seriously affect their play for the duration.

Personally, I believe only team that are completely out of it at this point in the season should be the ones who change coaches. Let them see their players, try out different lines, and get a system in place so next season they can hit the ground running. It is a huge gamble to change coaches at this point in the season and hope that it will lead to success and carry you through each playoff round

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