No ‘shock’ as Claude Julien’s job speculation continues
The last question in Claude Julien’s postgame press conference following the Bruins’ 1-0 loss to the Blackhawks was related to his job security.
A defensive Julien, for obvious reasons, wasn’t interested in feeding the media more fodder after another tumultuous week within the Bruins organization.
“I’m not into shock journalism, so I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind,” Julien said inside the Will McDonagh press room.
At this rate, the decision to let Julien go will not be shocking. Whether that time comes before or after the end of the regular season is anyone’s guess.
Julien is doing all he can with a roster that’s still in flux thanks to decisions and roster mismanagement by Don Sweeney, Cam Neely and before that Peter Chiarelli. Though Julien is not faultless over the team’s run of mediocrity, the coaching concerns rank towards the bottom of the team’s ongoing issues.
Certainly, he deserves a better fate, but it’s getting to the point where Julien will be the scapegoat. It’s only a matter of time.
Changes are needed if the Bruins even want to consider themselves a playoff team down the road. The way it’s heading, they’ll be missing out on the postseason for a third straight year. Without the extra profits beyond April, the Jacobs’ family is urging for better results.
It’s the reality the Bruins face right now. A reality that the organization hasn’t realized.
As Neely and Sweeney sit quiet for the most part – aside from an exclusive interview with the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa – the only people speaking on behalf of the team are Julien and the players. Following Friday’s loss, the scene around the locker room was funeral-like. With the mood dampened, only four players – Torey Krug, Ryan Spooner, Tuukka Rask and Adam McQuaid – took part in interviews sensing that some sort of move is on the horizon.
“It’s the question people ask every year, and we’re just players,” Rask said following a 21-save performance in the losing effort against the Blackhawks. I think we’re just focused on doing our job as good as we can, and trying to get those wins. Obviously, losing three games is not great, but I think as players, the only thing we can focus on is playing the game the way we want to play it, and trying to get the win.”
The Bruins are still in shock after allowing a last-minute goal to Marian Hossa on a night where they had a pretty good effort up until a set of defensive mistakes leading up to the only game’s only goal.
The shock effect from tonight may carry over into tomorrow when the Bruins decipher the loss to the Blackhawks. Management firing Julien or making another significant move is far from a shock at this rate.
“It’s result based, so if you’re going to keep losing games then something is probably going to happen,” Krug said. “Right now we’re just pretty down emotionally so I don’t want to look on the big picture, but rather focus on what’s going on in this room and hopefully we can come back and win next game.”
That’s Sunday in Pittsburgh, still with Julien according to ESPN’s Joe McDonald.