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Bruins president Neely calls criticism of coach Julien ‘unfair’

From ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald:

Boston Bruins team president Cam Neely made it perfectly clear Thursday that he has faith in coach Claude Julien.

When Julien was done answering a question about his job security during the team's annual media day, Neely quickly jumped in and added his thoughts on the matter, which has been a topic of discussion since the Bruins missed the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons in the spring.

Neely mentioned that he's been reading and hearing stories that Julien's on the hot seat if the team doesn't bounce back from a disappointing 2014-2015 season.

"It's unfair to say that," Neely said. "Claude's a very good coach in this league. [New Bruins GM] Don [Sweeney] came to us with a plan of how he would like to see the team play, and he's had many conversations with Claude about that, but a lot of things happen throughout the course of the year that's not necessarily just on the coach. It's unfair. I know why certain things are said at times, but it's really unfair to start the season where it's out there that the coach could be on the hot seat. It's unfair to Claude."

Neely said he understands why there's a perception that some might think Julien is under fire because of everything that has been said since the end of last season.

"If it's written enough, people start to believe it," Neely said.

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