The Montreal Canadiens coaching staff is in place for the next several years. After reaching new deals with head coach Dominique Ducharme and assistant Luke Richardson earlier this summer, the team has now announced a three-year extension for Alex Burrows.
Burrows was elevated from the Laval Rocket earlier this year when Ducharme took over as interim head coach, and will now stay on with the group that led the Canadiens all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. In charge of the forwards and powerplay, Burrows actually seemed to be a candidate to take over as head coach of the Rocket this year, before they hired Jean-Francois Houle.
Instead, he’ll stay with the big club, continuing to try and help young players like Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki find their way in the NHL. A veteran of nearly 1,000 NHL games, Burrows can relate to both high-scoring talent and the bottom-six grinders just trying to hold on. He was both during his career, reaching a high of 35 goals while playing with the Sedin twins in Vancouver, while also racking up more than 1,100 penalty minutes as one of the league’s most effective pests.