(NHL.com) – BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 7, that the team has relieved Claude Julien of his coaching duties. Julien has led the team to a 26-23-6 record (58 points) through 55 games this season. Assistant Coach Bruce Cassidy will assume interim head coaching duties. Julien is Boston’s all-time coaching wins leader with 419 career victories, compiling a 419-246-94 record and .614 winning percentage in 759 games with the club. The Bruins advanced to the playoffs in seven of his nine years behind the Boston bench, and he owns the club career coaching record with 57 postseason wins. He led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2011, a return to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013.
Well there ya go. Claude Julien is no longer head coach of the Boston Bruins. Whether you were a #FireClaude guy or not it’s a weird feeling to think that after a decade he’s gone.
I’m not going to get into the X’s and O’s, whether it’s a good move or not, or if interim coach Butch Cassidy will succeed. I see positives on both sides that I agree with. Those are separate blogs. Right now this is about the fashion in which this Bruins management group is canning Claude, the best coach the franchise has ever had. It is flat out embarrassing.
The Bruins brass decided it’d be best to fire Claude in the midst of the Patriots Super Bowl celebration. They decided they’d hold their press conference literally during the middle of the celebratory parade in downtown Boston hoping attendance and hard questions could be ducked and dodged. In other words, they’re unaccountable cowards.
They’re hoping you don’t notice. They’re hoping you still blindly buy tickets to games. They’re hoping you’re still drunk from Sunday night. They’re hoping you ignore that they haven’t done their job fixing the blue line, getting a scoring winger, and a reliable backup goalie. And they’re insulting the fans with the timing of this firing, which shows how truly spineless they are.
Essentially Claude is the fall guy for an underperforming management group that gave him an inferior lineup and still haven’t made a single trade since the trade deadline last year.
Again, we’ll dive into this more as it develops. But right now, being the pro-Claude guy I am, I just want to thank him for what he did for the Bruins and us fans. I’m sorry his bosses threw him under a duckboat today. Despite some flaws (everyone has them) he’ll be missed (by me).
Thank you for the fun and the Cup, coach.
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