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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.

Julien was in his 10th season with the Bruins in 2016-17, having been named the 27th head coach in team history on June 21, 2007. He was the longest tenured active head coach in the NHL. 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 and a Presidents' Trophy in 2014. Julien also won the Jack Adams Trophy as the league's top coach following the 2008-09 season.

Julien has coached at the international level, most recently winning the 2016 World Cup of Hockey as an assistant coach for Team Canada. Julien also earned a Gold medal as an assistant coach for Team Canada in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. He won a Bronze medal as head coach of Team Canada at the 2000 World Junior Championships and a Silver medal as an assistant coach for Team Canada in the 2006 World Junior Championships.

Prior to his coaching career, Julien had a 12-year professional playing career as a defenseman at the IHL, CHL, AHL and NHL levels. He played 14 career NHL games with one assist and 25 penalty minutes over two seasons with the Quebec Nordiques in 1984-85 and 1985-86.

Cassidy is in his first season as an assistant coach with Boston in 2016-17. He completed his fifth season as head coach of the Providence Bruins in 2015-16, having spent the three previous seasons (2008-11) with the club as an assistant. The 51-year-old native of Ottawa, Ontario compiled a 207-128-45 overall record in 380 games at the helm, including winning seasons in all five years and postseason berths in each of his final four seasons in Providence. In 2015-16, Cassidy helped lead the P-Bruins to a 41-22-13 record. Current Bruins players in the organization with NHL experience who have played under Cassidy during his tenure as Providence head coach include: Noel Acciari, Tommy Cross, Brian Ferlin, Torey Krug, Colin Miller, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Ryan Spooner, Malcolm Subban and Frank Vatrano.

This will be Cassidy's second career stint as an NHL head coach, having previously served as head coach of the Washington Capitals from 2002-04, where he helped lead the Caps to a 39-29-8-6 record and a postseason berth in his first season with the team. Following his exit from Washington, he served as an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2005-06 season.

Cassidy also enjoyed a successful playing career, seeing action in the OHL, AHL, IHL and NHL, as well as overseas in Italy and Germany. The left-handed defenseman was originally drafted in the first round (18 overall) of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Over the course of five seasons (1985-90) at the NHL level, Cassidy recorded four goals and 13 assists for 17 points with 10 penalty minutes in 36 games. 

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Paul's avatar

Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Julien has this year and next left on his contract paying him $2.5 million this season and $3 million next year

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/07/17 at 09:12 AM ET

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I know they’re in 3rd in the Atlantic but have played 3 or 4 more games than some other teams behind them…. but even then, I still don’t get the firing even though people r.

Same story as STL and Hitchcock—does BOS really believe they are somehow better than their standing?  Because…. they’re most definitely not.

Posted by Primis on 02/07/17 at 09:22 AM ET

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I know they’re in 3rd in the Atlantic but have played 3 or 4 more games than some other teams behind them…. but even then, I still don’t get the firing even though people r.

Same story as STL and Hitchcock—does BOS really believe they are somehow better than their standing?  Because…. they’re most definitely not.

Posted by Primis on 02/07/17 at 08:22 AM ET

Actually, they are 4th, Toronto is 3rd. Boston is currently out of the playoffs.

Not at all surprised, but I expected it to happen after the season if they missed the playoffs again.

Posted by George0211 on 02/07/17 at 09:32 AM ET

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Actually, they are 4th, Toronto is 3rd. Boston is currently out of the playoffs.

Posted by George0211 on 02/07/17 at 08:32 AM ET

I just glanced at hockeydb’s Morning Report standings and they show them at 3rd because they still have 2 more Wins and 1 ROW with the caveat of more GP of course.

I’m not sure how or why TOR is listed ahead of them, in that regard.  Last I knew, Games Played doesn’t play a role in as a Tiebreaker?

At any rate, the point was they’re not a better team than their record/standings indicate.  They are what they are, and potentially worse still.  Firing Julien isn’t going to change the lack of personnel.

Posted by Primis on 02/07/17 at 09:40 AM ET

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Posted by Primis on 02/07/17 at 08:40 AM ET

I went by TSN, and they list Toronto ahead of Boston, due to Toronto playing less games, 4 to be exact.
I think during the season, some sites use games played as 1st tie-breaker. It doesn’t really matter, since everyone will have same number of games at the end.

Posted by George0211 on 02/07/17 at 09:46 AM ET

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I wasn’t on the fire blash train, though the jury is definitely still out, but I would fire him if we could get Julien.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 02/07/17 at 09:49 AM ET

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Should welcome Claude to the Detroit city!

Posted by Pasha1277 on 02/07/17 at 09:49 AM ET

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Posted by DieByTheWing on 02/07/17 at 08:49 AM ET
Posted by Pasha1277 on 02/07/17 at 08:49 AM ET

Would Boston allow him to go to a divisional rival? He is still under contract with them

Posted by George0211 on 02/07/17 at 09:51 AM ET

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When you fire a coach they can go anywhere i’m assuming, they forfeit their contract $ though.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 02/07/17 at 10:03 AM ET

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Posted by Pasha1277 on 02/07/17 at 09:03 AM ET


Not true,

He is still under contract with Boston. Boston would have to give him and teams permission to talk employment.

Posted by George0211 on 02/07/17 at 10:05 AM ET

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Not true,

He is still under contract with Boston. Boston would have to give him and teams permission to talk employment.

Posted by George0211 on 02/07/17 at 09:05 AM ET

It does seem a bit silly, tho, to fire a guy AND tell him where he can and cannot seek employment

Posted by duhduhduh on 02/07/17 at 10:13 AM ET

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It does seem a bit silly, tho, to fire a guy AND tell him where he can and cannot seek employment

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/07/17 at 09:13 AM ET

Well, he is still getting paid. He is just not actually working. His contract is not terminated, he is just relived of his duties as the head coach, but he is still getting paid a lot of money, so don’t feel bad for him.

Posted by George0211 on 02/07/17 at 10:17 AM ET

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A bit surprised Boston made this move now. I suspected he’d make it through the season. I guess they think changing the coach will send a message to a few of those underachivers and push them into the playoff spot. They don’t really have the talent to do much but they could certainly get in.

Julien is an intriguing option for Detroit. I definitely think he is better than Blashill. Typically teams let coaches out of those contracts unless they are willing to give them another position with the team but this might be a circumstance where they flat out say no.

If Holland hasn’t fired Blashill by now, I really doubt he does it soon. If he starts moving players and Blashill is still around he’ll survive until season’s end.

I really don’t think the Wings will get close to the playoffs (see schedule for next 3 weeks). But, whoever does get 3rd in the Atlantic could get to the conference finals. The division is SO weak. But if the Wings somehow managed to make that happen it would almost be a curse as Holland and ownership would think it validates their path, roster and coach, kind of like when they almost beat Chicago.

Posted by evileye on 02/07/17 at 10:19 AM ET

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Points percentage is the first tiebreaker. It’s just a moot point at the end of the year, because all teams play 82 games.

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/07/17 at 10:43 AM ET

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Well, he is still getting paid. He is just not actually working

So, like Ken Holland?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 02/07/17 at 11:05 AM ET

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So, like Ken Holland?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 02/07/17 at 10:05 AM ET

Come on, Holland works quite a bit.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/07/17 at 11:25 AM ET

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The timing is a bit odd..

Dan Shaughnessy tweet,

Bruins should never be forgiven for firing Claude on the morning on the Patriots parade. Beyond weak.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/07/17 at 11:25 AM ET

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  Well, he is still getting paid. He is just not actually working

So, like Ken Holland?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI

Ouch. I’d say that was just mean, but unfortunately RW’s right.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/07/17 at 11:28 AM ET

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The timing is a bit odd..

Dan Shaughnessy tweet,

Bruins should never be forgiven for firing Claude on the morning on the Patriots parade. Beyond weak.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/07/17 at 10:25 AM ET

No accident, Paul.  They deliberately tried to bury it, if I had to guess, so that it won’t be in the news cycle much.

Posted by Primis on 02/07/17 at 01:37 PM ET

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The funny thing is, the worst teams still have their head coaches.  It’s a weird standings, with a few teams breaking away, many teams close to each other, and a few teams completely out of it.

Posted by cantskate on 02/07/17 at 03:50 PM ET

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When you fire a coach and he becomes the best coach on the market…

Posted by neffernin on 02/07/17 at 04:56 PM ET

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Hitchcock announced he wanted to keep coaching, Julien now.  Hope useless KH at least talks to them.

Due Diligence Kenny

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/07/17 at 05:19 PM ET

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