The Montreal Canadiens gave coach Michel Therrien a four-year contract extension on Saturday.
Therrien guided the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference finals. The team is 75-42-13 in the past seasons under Therrien.
The new contract begins in the 2015-16 season and runs through 2018-19.
Therrien, 50, had one more year left on his contract.
"Michel is an accomplished and experienced coach who has instilled a culture of hard work in our organization while helping develop our young players," general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "Michel and his coaching staff work in a unique and demanding hockey market and the team's success over the last two seasons are a reflection of their excellent work. This decision reflects our desire for stability and consistency within our hockey operations department."
After a first stint coaching the Canadiens, Therrien coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for three-plus seasons. He returned to Montreal for a second stint and led the team to a division title in the 2012-13 season.
LEBLANC TO DUCKS
The Anaheim Ducks acquired forward Louis Leblanc from the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional fifth-round selection in next year's NHL draft.
Leblanc, 23, has five goals and five assists in 50 career games with the Canadiens. He debuted in the 2011-12 season and led the team's rookies in goals and was second in scoring.
Leblanc went scoreless with four penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in eight games this past season.
In 163 career AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Leblanc had 34 goals, 34 assists and 146 penalty minutes.
"After three seasons with the Canadiens organization we felt that moving forward, the best option for Louis and our organization was to give him the opportunity to pursue his career with another team," Hamilton general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement.
"Throughout his entire stay with our organization Louis showed great professionalism and a constant desire to improve. We thank him for his contribution and wish him success for the continuation of his career."
Leblanc was a first round draft choice of the Canadiens in 2009.