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The Firing Of Claude Julien

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

After years of speculation and intensifying recent rumors, the Bruins on Tuesday finally fired Claude Julien, the coach with the most wins in franchise history (419), and replaced him on an interim basis with assistant coach Bruce “Butch” Cassidy.

The move, widely denounced as tone deaf because it coincided with the Patriots Super Bowl victory parade, was made with 27 games to go in the regular season and less than 72 hours after the Bruins suffered a crushing 6-5 loss to the Maple Leafs on home ice.

Dismissing the timing as unfortunate, general manager Don Sweeney once more stated that he believes in his team and holds out hope for the playoffs. Sweeney also said he is building a list of candidates to hire as head coach for next season should the 51-year-old Cassidy fail to prevent the franchise from missing the postseason for a third straight season.

“I wasn’t ready to commit on a longer-term basis with Claude,” explained Sweeney, who was new in the Boston front office when then-GM Peter hiarelli hired Julien following the 2006-07 season. “I felt there was a level of frustration in our wins and losses . . . and felt we would be in a better position moving forward to allow our players to be assessed . . . as to who is part of our group.”


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Statements From The Bruins On Claude Julien

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs and Bruins President Cam Neely issued the following statements on Claude Julien:

Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs

"I want to thank Claude for his service to the Boston Bruins, and wish him and his family the best in the future. I am confident in the direction and vision that Don has for our team, and look forward to seeing the results on the ice."

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Claude Julien Relieved Of His Duties In Boston

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.

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Video- Adam McQuaid vs. Matt Martin In A Good Old Fashion Fight

A good bout and it is not often you see Matt Martin on the losing end.


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Video- Brad Marchand In The Spotlight

The Rat...


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The Brad Marchand Decision

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It sure seems as if there is something fishy about the NHL’s decision not to suspend repeat slew-foot offender Brad Marchand for his dangerous kick/trip/takedown from behind of Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall last Tuesday, instead of allowing him to escape with a slap-on-the-wrist $10,000 fine.

Understand. It is not only that Marchand previously had been suspended once and fined another time for slew-foot infractions among the four times he had been suspended and seven times he previously had been disciplined by the league’s Department of Player Safety.

It is also that Marchand was the 12th player this season to be summoned by vice president Stephane Quintal for a hearing per the Department’s Twitter announcements and the first — the first and only — not to be suspended in its aftermath.

The first 11 not only were suspended but all suspended for at least two games.

And then came Marchand.

Of course, there was no video (or audio or written) explanation of the leniency afforded Marchand, who is thus free to participate in this weekend’s All-Star festivities for Chairman of the Board of Governors Jeremy Jacobs’ Bruins.

When an anomaly such as this occurs, it is my sense there probably is more to it than Quintal doling out charity.

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Afternoon Line- Kevin Paul Dupont

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No Quit In Claude Julien

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The losses pile higher, the hope of a playoff berth grows slimmer, and Bruins coach Claude Julien said Saturday that he is fully aware of the ongoing rumors that have him on the verge of being cashiered from Causeway Street.

Sounding somewhat philosophical about his future, and resolute about his commitment to improve his club’s faltering record, the 56-year-old Julien made clear that he’s committed to the job and intends to remain here until or unless told otherwise.

“My job is to coach this team and do everything I can,” said Julien, less than 24 hours after his club fell again at home, 1-0, to the Blackhawks. “And if I become one of the reasons that we are not doing well, then I think management has to make that decision — it’s not my decision to make.

“So I am not quitting on this team. I am not quitting on anybody, I am not quitting on management.


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Another Loss By The Boston Bruins

Marian Hossa of the Blackhawks scored with 1:26 left in the 3rd period for a 1-0 win over the Bruins.

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

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The Problem In Boston

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

This is a team that, for understandable salary cap reasons, entered into a rebuilding phase years ago. Key, veteran players were allowed to leave, replaced by high draft choices and prospects. The scouting staff and management appear to have done a good job with their draft picks, adding a long list of kids who should represent the next generation of players wearing the ‘B’.

But such a program is not about now, it’s about the future – about where the organization is two, three, even four years down the road. To be obsessed with making the playoffs this season is silly and counterproductive, which is why team owner Jeremy Jacobs’ remarks earlier this season – his expectation that the B’s would not only qualify for the playoffs, but make a deep run -- was so frivolous, misguided and harmful.

That aided the process not one bit. The whole point of a rebuild is to stay patient and wait – even it means taking a step back now to take two steps forward later.

Also misguided and harmful – downright nuts is more like it – is the prospect that coach Claude Julien could be fired, which seems to be the red-hot rumor du jour. 


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