Montreal Canadiens let assistant coach Doug Jarvis go; Muller stays on

MONTREAL – Assistant coach Doug Jarvis has been let go by the Montreal Canadiens.

A team spokesman said Jarvis, 54, who has been in the job since the start of the 2005-06 season, will not return next season but Kirk Muller will stay on as an assistant coach.

No successor has been named as new head coach Jacques Martin has yet to complete his coaching staff.

It had already been announced that goaltending coach Roland Melanson would not be back next season.

The Canadiens also announced last week that Don Lever and Ron Wilson, who coached the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, will not return to their jobs.

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Lever was called up to Montreal as an assistant coach when general manager Bob Gainey replaced Guy Carbonneau behind the Canadiens bench in March.

Jarvis won four Stanley Cups as a checking centre for the Canadiens in the 1970s. During a 13-year playing career from 1975 to 1987, he played a record 964 consecutive NHL games. He won the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward in 1984.

He later became an assistant coach under Gainey in Minnesota in 1988 and stayed in the Stars organization until 2002.

He then coached the Bulldogs from 2003 to 2005.