January 21, 2016 7:00 pm
Updated: January 22, 2016 11:29 am

Montreal Canadiens shut down Therrien rumours, optimistic of games ahead

WATCH ABOVE: The Montreal Canadiens have cleared up all the rumours surrounding Coach Michel Therrien. He's staying, despite the Habs having dropped 17 of their last 21 games. Global's Felicia Parrillo reports.

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BROSSARD – After getting off to a franchise record 9-0 start to the season, Montreal Canadiens fans were dreaming of a 25th Stanley Cup parade.

But now, the Habs find themselves down and out of a playoff spot.

“Well I mean, I’ve been in 15th place before,” said Canadiens defenceman, P.K. Subban.

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“One year when we didn’t make the playoffs and, you know, it’s not fun.”

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The Habs have lost 17 of their last 21 games, including their recent 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins Tuesday night.

So, management decided it was time to answer some questions.

“As the General Manager, I’m in charge of all hockey operations and the critique should be directed at me,” said Marc Bergevin.

“I’m the guy that provides the players, I’m the guy that put this team together and it’s on me and me only.”

Since the team’s downward spiral, frustrated fans have put much of the blame on head coach, Michel Therrien.

“Michel Therrien and his coaching staff – I believe extremely in them, the players also do and they’re not going anywhere,” said Bergevin.

He also answered a burning question on the minds of many Habs fans – when is Carey Price coming back?

Bergevin said the star goalie won’t be back for at least three weeks, but it could be longer.

“We don’t have a time frame. We hope to have him back, but he isn’t here and we have to move forward without Carey,” he said.

For now, the rest of the team is staying focused on the task at hand – desperate to turn a new leaf.

“As a player, you go through tough stretches and as a team you go through tough stretches and this is one of them,” said Habs forward Tomas Plekanec.

“We proved before that were a good team, we played some hell of a games and we won some hell of a games and we will again.”

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