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Why Did The Boston Bruins Allow Claude Julien To Go To Montreal?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Question that would be rhetorical except that it is not:

In what world would a team allow its just-fired, universally respected coach to be hired within a week by not only a blood rival, but one that it could very well meet in the playoffs?

Answer:

In the world of Jeremy Jacob$, the Boston owner who allowed Claude Julien to skip to Montreal so the B’s wouldn’t be on the hook for the approximately $1.5 million due on his contract for this season. And that $1.5M? Wouldn’t that be less than the value of a single home playoff gate?

Please don’t suggest that the Bruins granted Julien permission to go to the Habs because of their respect for him. There were other places for Julien to go and would have been still more for the 2011 Cup winner to land this offseason.

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This was the first thing I thought when I heard Julien was hired. Boston should have forced him to wait until the end of the season.

Now it is entirely possible that hiring Julien helps to keep Boston out of the playoffs or knocks them out in round one or beyond. I can’t wait for the heat Jacobs will take if that happens.

Posted by evileye on 02/22/17 at 11:07 AM ET

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