Michel Therrien has been away from coaching since he was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

Today, however, things have changed. Ditching his role as a scout for Minnesota Wild, Therrien will return to the team that gave him his first NHL coaching gig.

The Montreal Canadiens, now managed by former Penguin defenseman Marc Bergevin, have announced that Therrien will be the new bench boss charged with reshaping a team that severely underachieved last season.

It’s a move that likely won’t be greeted with joy from Canadiens fans – but one that likely is the right move after Patrick Roy (once considered the front-runner for the position) no longer was in the running.

Therrien, known best in Pittsburgh for his rant about the Penguins’ defense following a loss in his first season with the team, is a disciplinarian-style defensive coach who is more than capable of molding the Canadiens into a playoff contender.

He’s also a great person who puts his family first. Here’s to wishing Therrien good luck in Montreal…except when facing the Penguins.