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Evening Line- Claude Julien

Habs coach Claude Julien: "We have to look ourselves in the mirror and realize that we gave them gifts. You can talk about youth or all kinds of things, but we all have to be better."

Habs coach Claude Julien: "It's a three-team race. We have big games to come against big teams, but we've reacted well against big teams. I hope that's what we're going to do."

-Montreal coach Clude Julien (via Dave Stubb tweets) after losing 6-2 to Columbus.

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Claude Julien Returns To Boston

The Boston Bruins welcomed Claude Julien back to Boston.

 

 

The Canadiens lost 4-1 to the Bruins, game recap and highlights are below...

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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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Claude Julien Should Send A Thank You Note To Mike Babcock

feom Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Claude Julien owes a tip of the cap and maybe a whole lot more than that to his friend, Mike Babcock, for the $25-million deal he just signed with the Montreal Canadiens.

And he’s not alone in the coaching fraternity.

When Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings for Toronto, he did so with more than one intent in mind. He wanted to change the salary structure for the head coach in hockey. He wanted it more in line with what coaches are paid in the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball. He wanted to be the difference maker — not just behind the bench — and he did considerable research to establish a new paygrade for a coach in the National Hockey League.

Babcock is paid $6.25-million US salary per season with the Leafs and in signing that deal, he absolutely obliterated the previous marks. And with it has come a difference. 

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The Right Move In Montreal

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

If it were true that nice guys finish last, Claude Julien wouldn’t stand a chance in the cutthroat world of big-time hockey.

Mercifully, Leo Durocher’s old saw doesn’t always apply —at least not to Julien. The man is one of the most respected coaches in the National Hockey League, a hockey lifer with a Stanley Cup championship on his resumé, a winner who doesn’t have an arrogant bone in his body.

I thought that after 10 years dealing with the stress in Boston, Julien deserved a few months’ worth of beach time before he took another job. Obviously, he begged to differ. He’s ready to go to work and this old columnist, for one, couldn’t be happier.

I’ve dealt with every Canadiens coach since Pat Burns and to me, Julien and Alain Vigneault are numbers 1A and 1B when it comes to honesty, decency and character. In my world, character matters. Julien has character. He’s the real deal, salt of the earth, a standup guy, whatever you want to call him.

Julien is not a screamer and he won’t use Michel Therrien’s heavy-handed sarcasm to motivate a player. He’s honest, he lets his players know where they stand, he gets the job done.

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Michel Therrien Fired, Claude Julien Hired

MONTREAL (February 14, 2017) - Montreal Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin announced Tuesday the appointment of Claude Julien as the Club's new head coach. Michel Therrien has been relieved of his duties.

"I would like to sincerely thank Michel for his relentless work with the Montreal Canadiens over his eight seasons behind the bench, including the last five seasons when we worked together. The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a difficult one because I have lots of respect for him. I came to the conclusion that our team needed a new energy, a new voice, a new direction. Claude Julien is an experienced and well respected coach with a good knowledge of the Montreal market. Claude has been very successful as an NHL coach and he won the Stanley Cup. Today we hired the best available coach, and one of the league's best. I am convinced that he has the capabilities to get our team back on the winning track," said Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin.

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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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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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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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Morning Line- Claude Julien

“Sure you’re happy with the first half (of the game), but certainly not with the outcome. We’re here to win games, not pat ourselves on the back when we think we deserve it. I would have liked to see us play a whole game like that.

“We played well right from the get-go, I think the first half of the game was pretty good. But you can’t win hockey games with the number of penalties we were given. Warranted or not, you’re not going to win when you’re taking (six) in a row. I disagree with a lot of those calls, but anyway . . .

“It’s tough to win in this league. And if we’re going to be taking that many penalties, it’s going to be tough for us to win. We need every break we can get here with this hockey club. We had to stay out of the box to give ourselves a chance. We didn’t do that.”

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after the Bruins lost 5-2 to the Rangers.  Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald has more on the game.

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Time To Say Goodbye To Claude Julien

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

Sorry. Claude has been nothing but class and professionalism. He is the winningest coach in team history and he brought the Cup back to Causeway Street. But nine years is enough. Nobody gets to do this forever. The Bruins have to rebuild and Julien might not be the guy for a team of youngsters.

They certainly haven’t responded to him in the big moments the last two years. Saturday’s embarrassing 6-1 “must-win” loss to the moribund Ottawa Senators would get a lot of coaches fired.

“It’s unacceptable, the way we showed up,’’ admitted Patrice Bergeron, Boston’s best player.

Does this mean the end for Claude, the longest-tenured coach in the NHL?

“That’s not my decision,’’ said Bergeron. “But this is definitely not on him. It should be on us.’’

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Video- Claude Julien Post-Game

from Zack Cox of NESN,

“We all have to accept responsibility here,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after the game. “Our goal was certainly to duplicate our effort that we had (Thursday night) against Detroit, and when you look at what happened (Saturday) afternoon, it’s even more disappointing because we could have controlled our own fate again. And we weren’t able to do that. And at times this year, we weren’t able to do that. … Right now, all you can do is cross our fingers and almost hope for a miracle. That’s all that’s left for us. It’s totally out of our hands now.”

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Videos- Claude Julien And Brad Marchand On The Major Boarding Penalty Alex Ovechkin Took

via Sportsnet,

Bruins coach Claude Julien hopes the league addresses the Alex Ovechkin hit on Kevan Miller and Brad Marchand talks about sticking up for a teammate. Courtesy: Comcast Sportsnet.

 

 

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Claude Julien Still Standing

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Here he is.

Some people had him fired last summer. A Las Vegas betting site had him listed as the likeliest coach to get axed first this season. And he was asked at a media briefing three games into the season about his job security.

Well guess what, folks, Claude Julien not only made it to the Winter Classic, the league's biggest regular-season stage, but he's a Jack Adams Award candidate right now to boot.

Surprised? Don't be. The 55-year-old from Orleans, Ontario, is a blue-collar battler if there ever was one.

"He's resilient," former Bruins winger Gregory Campbell said over the phone this week from Columbus.

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Evening Line- Claude Julien

“I think we all looked at the game, and we all saw the goals — some of it, there were bad goals, and some of it, there’s the odd mistake. We got ourselves in a 3-3 hockey game, and they scored their winning goal on something that should’ve been called interference before they scored on that faceoff. So it kind of takes the momentum away from us.

“But it doesn’t matter what the situation is — we’ve got to be better defensively. The amount of goals — from the goaltender on out, defense, the forwards coming back — we’ve just got to be better. It used to be our strength, and right now it’s our weakness.”

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after today's 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay.  The Bruins are now without a point after 3 games.  Much more from the Bruins by Jess Isner of BostonBruins.com.

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Chara out for the Bruins due to ‘upper-body injury’

From NHL.com:

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will not be in the lineup against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Bruins coach Claude Julien made the announcement after the morning skate Thursday.

Chara is on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury sustained Sept. 24 during a preseason game against the New York Rangers. He had practiced Wednesday and served as a substitute on the second power-play unit.

Last season Chara, 38, had eight goals and 20 points in 63 games. He missed two months because of a knee injury.

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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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Chara still recovering from ‘upper-body injury’

From WEEI's DJ Bean:

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara skated by himself again prior to Thursday’€™s practice as he continues to rehab an upper-body injury injury suffered in last Thursday’€™s preseason game against the Rangers.

Chara was on the ice for at least 15 minutes, working with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. He worked mostly on retrieving pucks, catching passes and stick handling. It does not appear Chara is ready to shoot the puck, as he abstained from shooting aside from an occasional lazy wrist shot.

Claude Julien said on Tuesday that he was close to being ready to practice with teammates, but the fact that he was still working by himself Thursday suggests it’s unlikely he will join the team for the Bruins’ 11 a.m. practice.

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Bruins represent a major question mark in the Atlantic Division

Pro Hockey Talk is focusing on the Boston Bruins today, and James O'Brien superbly summarized the "State of the Bruins":

If nothing else, you shouldn’t confuse next season’s Boston Bruins with the group who failed to make the playoffs in 2014-15.

After a pretty impressive run of seven postseason berths, the Bruins fell two points short of the postseason, but apparently the bitter flavor of that campaign was too much for management.

Granted, as much as new GM Don Sweeney wants to modernize the team’s transition game, there are still some core tenants remaining.

The defense will depend upon aging star defenseman Zdeno Chara, perhaps more than ever. Tuukka Rask may be expected to earn every cent of his $7.5 million salary in 2015-16. It looked dicey for some time, but Claude Julien remains behind the bench.

It’s tough to gauge what, exactly, we should expect from a very different Bruins team. People probably won’t be any happier if they miss the playoffs again, though.

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Morning Line- Claude Julien

“I think you’ve got to give Donnie [Sweeney] a lot of credit. He just stepped into this role with a lot on his plate. There was a lot going on, and some tough decisions to be made. Personally I’m pretty impressed with how he handled it.

“That’s not to say I’m happy that Doug Hamilton and Milan Lucic are gone. We just lost two pretty good players, but those were moves that probably had to be made with the situation we were in, and the cap and everything else. They decided to make some decisions regarding the future of the Bruins, and they had to make those decisions. I’m a coach that likes to have the support of upper management, so I’m going to support upper management on that.”

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins.  More from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.

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Claude Julien Met With The Media Today

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke to the media today for the first time since being endorsed by new general manager Don Sweeney, saying that, while there were no guarantees, he felt comfortable he would continue to coach the team.

"You have to understand the business and you have to give the GM time to assess and make decisions," said Julien this morning at Ristuccia Arena. "He's got to feel comfortable, too. As much as it wasn't a lot of fun or easy, it wasn't frustration, it was more about understanding the situation.

"My feeling was pretty positive that we could certainly work together. Even in our conversations it certainly felt that way. Maybe if it hadn't been that way it would have been different."...

Julien attempted to dispel the notion this morning that his job was in any jeopardy.

"I know a lot of speculations have been made on whether this is temporary or whatever it is," Julien said. "But we're really committed and determined to take this team and move forward in the right directions. Don and I have had talks and have a very, very similar outlook on what's needed and what we want to do. There was never an issue there at all. That's why it's worked out. We seemed to be seeing the same things.

"Personality-wise, we've known each other for a long time. It wasn't as tough a process as far as evaluating as people might think, but it was more about the time that was needed for him to feel comfortable with everything."

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Video- Don Sweeney On Claude Julien And The Boston Bruins

Don Sweeney said the decision to retain Claude Julien was made some time ago.

Watch Sweeney from the NHL Combine talk about the coaching staff and more on the Bruins.

 

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Report: Claude Julien to return as Bruins coach

From the Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont:

Bruins coach Claude Julien, his job in limbo for nearly two months following the abrupt season-end dismissal of general manager Peter Chiarelli, will be back behind the bench for the start of the 2015-16 season, according to two NHL sources.

It is also believed that Julien, 55, will be joined by his full cadre of assistant coaches, including Doug Jarvis, Doug Houda, Joe Sacco, and Bob Essensa.

Julien is beginning a new three-year contract he signed in November 2014 while Chiarelli was still in charge.

Rumors in recent weeks have pointed to a change at least among the assistant coaches. However, all are on target to return, though the length of their contract terms is unclear. It’s possible, according to one of the sources, that all four will have deals that expire at the end of the season.

Don Sweeney, named the club’s new GM on May 20, would neither confirm nor deny Julien’s return when contacted by the Globe. The club announced earlier this week that Sweeney will meet with the media Friday in Buffalo, where the NHL is conducting its combine, the annual testing regimen for players who will be eligible in the draft (June 26-27 in Sunrise, Fla).

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Claude Julien Deserves Better

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

... the fact that the GM was an in-house promotion -- and I think Don Sweeney is going to be a very good GM -- what's the wait now? What does Sweeney not know about Julien now that he didn’t know for the past eight years Julien has been behind the Bruins bench?

I mean, it’s getting to the point where it’s almost unfair. Make a decision, fire him or keep him, but decide already. It’s not just Julien, he’s got two assistant coaches’ whose fates also hang in the balance.

Let’s go Boston, get on with it.

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Saturday Headlines discuss coaches’ moves and Dubnyk

On Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman discussed the post-Babcock coaching dominoes (Todd Nelson of Edmonton "free to look around," Don Sweeney meeting with Claude Julien to discuss "personnel and style of play," Dan Bylsma's status, Ken Hitchcock's future) and Devan Dubnyk's desire to re-sign with the Wild:

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If You Are Claude Julien, How Do You Feel Today?

via CSNNE,

Claude Julien has the Boston Bruins head coaching job. But there's plenty of question as to how long he'll have that job. So in Don Sweeney's inaugural press conference as the Boston Bruins general manager, he addressed Julien's standing.

"I have some things that I want to sit down with Claude and go through in a very orderly fashion, as to where I think things need to change and what direction we need to change as a group," Sweeney said. "Also, acknowledged to Claude that I think tremendously of him as a coach and as a person, so it's just about lining up philosophical approaches that I believe in, that he believes in and that we can move forward.

"As I said, some of that will involve personnel decisions. Some of that will involved staff member decisions and/or changes. That's to be determined. He's the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, for sure."

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Morning Line- Claude Julien

"I think there's a lot of frustration right now. I think the guys, everybody's feeling the heat we feel that's been put on us, and it's up to us to work through this and find ways to overcome those kinds of things."

"It's part of being a professional, it's part of the game. So it's up to us. We have higher expectations. In that dressing room, coaches and ourselves, we have higher expectations than what we've shown right now."

"So we're not going to hide behind disappointment and stand here and think that we're doing OK. We're underachieving right now and our game's got to get better. I still feel we've got the group in there to make it better, so it's up to us to take charge."

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after a 4-3 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers.  More from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com.

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Afternoon Line- Claude Julien

"My job is to make decisions. I don't have to explain everything to you. Your job is you can second-guess. That's your priority and that's the way it is. ... Let me put it this way: It's called coaching."

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins to the gathered media in Boston after the morning skate.  More from Julien by Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.

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Seidenberg hits Toews from behind and a disagreement regarding intent ensues

The Chicago Blackhawks defated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Boston on Thursday night, and Jonathan Toews was reported to be okay after sustaining this hit from Dennis Seidenberg:

However, per Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian...

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Morning Line- Claude Julien

"When you've got to score two goals every night to get one, it’s tough to win hockey games. We got some tough calls against us and our guys played hard right till the end. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that second point that I thought we deserved."

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in OT.  More on the game from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com.

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Boston Bruins Announce Multi-Year Contract Extension For Claude Julien

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Sunday, November 2, that the club has signed Head Coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Chiarelli made the following statement on the extension: "This morning, Claude and I finalized the terms of a multi-year contract extension agreement for him. We have worked at this for a few months, but there was never any doubt in my mind that this would get done. Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning through his coaching. Coaching is a difficult profession at the best of times and what Claude does in implementing structure in his systems, and having a solid defensive foundation while allowing freedom in offensive play is no easy task. During his time with the Bruins, he has excelled in maintaining this difficult balance, and his longevity here speaks volumes. He has coached the Bruins to a Stanley Cup and a Cup Final appearance and our goal to win with him at the helm remains the same as we move forward."

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Friedman, Cox discuss Julien extension, Ekblad sticking with Panthers, etc.

This time the Hockey Night in Canada segment in which Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox dish news and notes has been geo-blocked to Canada only (Paul sent me an email informing me of the "stuff we already know" in that Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha is skating with the Grand Rapids Griffins, hopefully making his pro debut in about two weeks, but Daniel Alfredsson is not and may retire), but Friedman did offer some Twitter quips from his exchange, beginning with Ryan McDonagh's separated shoulder yielding interest in Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera (who is "on the block"):

Ekblad scored his first goal, a game-winning marker in Florida's 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday evening...

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A Look At Claude Julien

from Jackie MacMullan of ESPNBoston,

Julien has accrued lifelong hockey friends in his travels. The owners of the French team that he played with for just one season are now annual guests in Boston. When the team is on the road, it's not uncommon for Julien to dine with teammates from his junior hockey days.

Even the two men who fired him, Bob Gainey (in Montreal) and Lou Lamoriello, value his loyalty.

"I called him and told him how happy I was when he won [the Cup]," Lamoriello said. "He's such a quality individual, he deserves success. You root for him.

"I consider Claude a friend."

The pressure is squarely on Julien again this season to produce a winner. He recognizes it and has even learned to embrace it.

"He views disappointments as an opportunity to make the core of your team stronger," Ward said. "Claude believes adversity is a good teacher."

The winning has defined him, but the disappointments have shaped him. Claude Julien, the roofer's son, is still up to his elbows in hockey, and that's all he's ever wanted.

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Julien’s one-liner misses the mark

Claude Julien got his quotes mixed up:

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Afternoon Line

"Well, I don't think you can stand here and say there's not concerns at all [about Sochi security. You don't like seeing what's going on but there's no doubt that what's happened lately is certainly -- they're trying to obviously shake us and probably in a lot of cases they are succeeding. But that is the thing that we have to do: We have to try and fight through that.

"At the same time, you have to hope that the people in charge are doing the best they can. There's never any guarantees in this life and you'd like to make it as safe as possible. That's basically all I can say, because my job is to go there and help coach a team and hope that the people in charge of that are going to do the best job they can and make it a successful Olympics."

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins and assistant coach for Team Canada.  More from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston plus a video report regarding security at Sochi from ESPN.

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The Florida Panthers are in Boston tonight, Tim Thomas will not play and is not talking.

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Hey Julien, Worry About Your Own Team

from Canadiens.com,

The Habs give their take on Claude Julien’s comments and look towards their match-up with the Islanders.

Claude Julien may have had a few choice words for the Habs after Sunday night’s game in Boston, but as far as the Canadiens are concerned, that just means they’re doing their job. When asked about some of Julien’s less-than-flattering comments on Monday afternoon, the Habs’ head coach couldn’t help but grin.

“I’ve known Claude for a long time and I’ve been coaching teams against him for a long time too. To me, those comments that he made were ridiculous and I think he was very frustrated to have lost that game. Claude can concentrate on his team and I’ll concentrate on my own,” offered Michel Therrien following the Canadiens morning skate at Nassau Coliseum, before further expanding on the subject.

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Video- A Frustrated Claude Julien

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

“The frustrating thing is that we get 17 minutes into the penalty box when we should have been on the power play. It’s as simple as that,” said Julien. “It’s frustrating because tonight – as everybody saw – there’s a lot of embellishment. This is embarrassing for our game: the embellishing. Right now they’ve got over 100 power plays [this season] and it’s pretty obvious why.

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Claude Julien Signs Extension With Boston

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 23, that the club has signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Chiarelli and Julien will speak to media about the extension on Tuesday, July 24.

Julien, named the 28th head coach in Bruins history on June 21, 2007, led Boston to the club’s first Stanley Cup Championship in 39 years in 2011, following a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7. In five seasons behind the B’s bench, Julien has led the club to an overall record of 228-132-50 (.617 win percentage). His 410 Bruins games coached rank third all-time in club history and he is fourth all-time in Boston wins, trailing only Art Ross (361), Milt Schmidt (245) and Don Cherry (231). During his tenure, Julien’s squads have never missed the postseason, registering a career playoff record of 36-27 (.571 win percentage) to rank first all-time among B’s bench bosses in post-season victories.

In January, Julien was named head coach for Zdeno Chara’s team at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, making his second appearance, having served as head coach at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.

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Video- It Sounds Like Bruins Coach Julien Has Had Enough

Claude Julien is not happy with the home loss to Montreal.  He basically calls out the majority of the team for the loss.

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Chara Injured in Practice

From Matt Kalman at NHL.com:

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara left the scrimmage portion of his practice session early Monday during training camp at TD Garden after taking a shot off the inside of his left leg.

“Right now it’s a contusion and we’ll evaluate as we go along here,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “This is training camp and if he needs an extra day here, we’ll give him an extra day. If not, then he’ll be back on the ice tomorrow.”

Plus more on training camp in Boston today at the Boston Globe.

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Video- Julien’s Daughter Shares The Spotlight With The Cup

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Post-Series: Bruins Coach Claude Julien

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Game Day: Bruins Coach Julien, Lucic, Seguin, Thornton

COACH JULIEN

On being excited for Game 7 despite being focused…

There is no doubt that everybody is excited about this opportunity. But like you said you got to stay the course. I think it’s served us well. Our group right now seems calm and focused and ready to do the job. Our team if it gets stressed out has never performed well so I don’t expect us or I don’t want us to go out there stressed out. I expect our team to go out there excited and determined to do the job. So far I haven’t seen anything different than that.

On what the most important thing is for the team to focus on tonight…
Lots of energy, energy so that we can focus on putting pucks in deep and forechecking and the physicality of our game, the fact that we need to get to the front of the net like we’ve done every time that we’ve had success. If we can do that again, offensively our game is going to be a lot better. I don’t have much complaints about our defensive game here in Vancouver but certainly our offensive game has got to be better today.

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Sorry Claude

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

Sorry we doubted you. Sorry about the criticism and the sarcasm and occasional wisecracks.

It wasn’t nice when Shawn Thornton went on the radio and the jock-talk guys asked him, “Do you think your coach looks more like Charlie Brown or Elmer Fudd?’’

Too easy to poke fun, right? So what if you look a little like Hank Hill’s friend, Bill Dauterive. Or Mr. Potato Head. We’ve come to love the way you punch the second “t’’ when you say, “tonigh . . . ttttt.’’

I was guilty of calling you “Grady Julien.’’ It has a nice ring to it, and after what happened in the playoffs last year, and the year before, it seemed to be a pretty good fit.

When you were hired we all just thought maybe you were Peter Chiarelli’s cousin. Like the general manager, you were a little dull and conservative. You never said anything flamboyant or controversial. You were always a stay-the-course, even-keel guy. The most outrageous thing we ever saw from you was that nifty, Bogart-like lid you wore during the Winter Classic. By Claude Julien standards, that was practically a lampshade on your head.

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Video- Coach Julien Post Game

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Video- Coach Julien Meets With The Media Today

 

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Coach Julien Q & A From Vancouver

Q.  Claude, just wondering, you guys were so terrific in those two games at home, the challenge is to try to bring that ‘home game’ onto the road here in Vancouver?

COACH JULIEN:  Well, I don’t think it’s necessarily bringing a home game, it’s just bringing our game.  As I mentioned here, I don’t think we played extremely well in those first two games.  We were okay.  That wasn’t good enough against a team like Vancouver.  They’re a great hockey club.

We need to play with a lot of emotion, intensity and play on our toes.  That’s something that we have to certainly bring here tomorrow.

Q.  Claude, when you win as emphatically as you did the last two games at home, do you need to say anything to your guys at this stage about not assuming anything?

COACH JULIEN:  No, not really.  But I think we’ve learnt throughout the course of the season that we don’t take anything for granted.  So I think our team has responded well in regards to that.  I’ve always been one of those coaches that feels this is a very humbling game.  If you’re not careful and you think the other way, it can certainly be brought back down to earth pretty quickly.

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Julien Pressing The Right Buttons

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has a bit of a Midas touch right now.

If what he touches doesn’t turn to gold, then it’s certainly win. And lopsided wins at that.

With his team trailing 2-0 in the Stanley Cup finals heading into Game 3, Julien inserted tough guy Shawn Thornton and benched rookie Tyler Seguin. The Bruins went on to throttle the Vancouver Canucks 8-1. Then, without top-six forward Nathan Horton, who is out for the rest of the playoffs with a concussion from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome’s hit, Julien moved Rich Peverley into Horton’s spot for Game 4.

All Peverley did was score the first and fourth goals in a 4-0 victory Wednesday night that evened this Stanley Cup finals series at two games apiece. But “even” is hardly something you would call this series after the Bruins ran roughshod over the NHL’s best regular-season team the past two games.

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Post Game 4 Video: Coach Julien

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