It's been a tough season so far for the Montreal Canadiens, which led to head coach Claude Julien and associate coach Kirk Muller being fired Wednesday morning.\n"I would like to sincerely thank Claude and Kirk for their contributions to our team over the past five years," said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin in a news release.\nEditor's Choice: Montreal's La Ronde Is Hiring 700 Seasonal Employees & The Perks Are Too Good To Be True\n\n\n\n"\n\n\nOur team can achieve high standards, and the time had come for a change.\n\n\nCanadiens general manager Marc Bergevin\n\n\n"I have great respect for these two men whom I hold in high regard."\nThe announcement marks the end of Julien’s second stint as head coach of the team. He had been at the helm since taking over from Michel Therrien midway through the 2016-2017 season. He also coached the Habs from 2002-03 to 2005-06.\nMuller has served as assistant coach since 2016 and won the 1993 Stanley Cup with the team as a player.\nAfter a strong start to the season, the Habs are fourth place in the North Division and winless in their last three games following a shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.\nDominique Ducharme has been promoted to interim head coach and Alex Burrows has joined the coaching staff.\n"In Dominique Ducharme, we see a very promising coach who will bring new life and new energy to our group," said Bergevin. "We feel that our team can achieve high standards and the time had come for a change."\n\nA native of Joliette, Ducharme, 47, has served two seasons as an assistant coach with the Canadiens.\nBergevin and Ducharme will speak to the media this afternoon when the team arrives in Winnipeg for a game on Thursday.