The Canadiens updated the condition of Julien on Friday, saying that the 60-year-old had a stent inserted into a coronary artery and he will be heading to Montreal to rest and recover at home. The team said that the procedure was done out at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
The 17-year coaching veteran in the NHL is currently in his second tenure with Montreal after taking over for Michel Therrien more than halfway through the 2016-17 season. He had spent the first three years of his coaching career with the Canadiens from 2003 to 2006. Since taking over in the 2016-17 season, Julien has led the Canadiens to a 120-108-31 record in 259 regular season games coached, which included two playoff appearances in 2017 and this year.
In the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Julien helped lead the Canadiens to a stunning upset win as the 12th-seed in the Qualification Round over the fifth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. Montreal is currently trailing in their quarterfinal series with the Flyers 1-0 after dropping Wednesday's Game 1 of the series, 2-1.
Julien has also spent time as head coach of the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07, as well as the Boston Bruins from 2007 to 2017, where he won a Stanley Cup back in 2011.
Muller has been behind the bench with Julien and the Canadiens since the 2016-17 season serving in his current role as the associate coach. The 54-year-old has had head coaching experience before with the Carolina Hurricanes from the 2011-12 season to 2014, where he put up a 80-80-27 record in 187 games as their bench boss. However, none of his teams had ever clinched a spot in the playoffs.
Game 2 of the Canadiens-Flyers series is set to take place on Friday at 3 p.m. ET.