Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin told reporters today including Eric Engels of Sportsnet that head coach Claude Julien was taken to the hospital following last night’s game. Julien was experiencing chest pains, but is now stable. Bergevin clarified it is not COVID-19 related, though Julien will not return for the Canadiens series against the Philadelphia Flyers. Kirk Muller will take over head coaching duties for the time being.
In terms of a last-second replacement, it’s hard to get someone more qualified than Muller. Not only has he been an associate coach with the Canadiens for the last four seasons, he has NHL head coaching experience in the past and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal with the organization in 1993 during a 1,349-game playing career.
The hockey world including everyone at PHR hopes for a speedy recovery.