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Canadiens fire head coach Claude Julien and assistant Kirk Muller

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Following another loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night, the Montreal Canadiens have decided to part ways with key members of their coaching staff.

The team has announced that they have relieved head coach Claude Julien and assistant coach Kirk Muller of their duties. They have been replaced with Dominique Ducharme, who has been promoted to interim head coach, and Alex Burrows. Luke Richardson and Stéphane Waite are sticking with their roles as assistants on the Canadiens’ coaching staff.

“I would like to sincerely thank Claude and Kirk for their contributions to our team over the past five years during which we worked together. I have great respect for these two men whom I hold in high regard,” said Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.

“In Dominique Ducharme, we see a very promising coach who will bring new life and new energy to our group. We feel that our team can achieve high standards and the time had come for a change. “

Julien, 60, amassed a 129-123-35 record, and two postseason appearances during his four-plus year tenure as Canadiens’ bench boss.

After a hot start, the team has lost six of their past eight games, and dropped to fourth in the North Division with a 9-5-4 record.

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WATCH: Things get heated between the Leafs and Jets after controversial knee-on-knee collision

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When Winnipeg Jets defenceman Neal Pionk injured Rasmus Sandin with a knee-on-knee hit in the third period of last night’s game, it didn’t set well with the Toronto Maple Leafs bench. And when no penalty was called on the play, the Leafs decided to take matters into their own hands.

What ensued following the incident was Jason Spezza kneeing Pionk in the head, Wayne Simmonds trying to fight everybody, and a lot of scuffles and scraps that sent the crowd at Canada Life Centre into a frenzy that continued well after the final whistle.

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Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi enters NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, will miss at least five games

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One of the NHL few unvaccinated players has contracted COVID-19.

The Detroit Red Wings confirmed that forward Tyler Bertuzzi has entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol. He will be sidelined for a minimum of 10 days, which means he will miss the team’s next five games.

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill says Bertuzzi is asymptomatic.

The 26-year old has posted nine goals and nine assists in 20 games this season.

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Is William Nylander the Leafs’ most valuable player? | NSS Live with Frank D’Angelo

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Earlier this week on NSS Live, Frank D’Angelo and co-hosts Bill Watters and Joe Tilley discuss the Toronto Maple Leafs’ red-hot month of November, and went as far as to suggest that William Nylander might be the team’s most valuable player!

Here’s why they believe an argument could be made for such a bold statement:

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