The team also relieved assistant coach Rick Green of his duties and named former team captain Guy Carbonneau his replacement. Carbonneau was an assistant with Montreal from 2000-02.
Julien, a former NHL defenseman, guided the Canadiens to a 19-16-6 record this season after a 12-3-1 start. He was named the 26th head coach of the franchise in January 2003 and posted a regular-season record of 72-62-10-15.
Julien joined the Canadiens following three campaigns as head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, where he had a 98-77-19-11 record.
In 2002-03, Julien was named the AHL Co-Coach of the Year.