The inevitable has arrived: Bruins fire Claude Julien
On a day where the Patriots are celebrating their fifth Super Bowl win, the Bruins have decided to dump a news item hoping that few in Boston will notice.
It’s a pretty important news item too.
Just moments ago, the Bruins sent a press release announcing the firing of head coach Claude Julien after 10 years at the helm. Assistant coach and former P-Bruins bench boss Bruce Cassidy will take over on an interim basis for the rest of the 2016-17 season. General Manager Don Sweeney will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. at Warrior Ice Arena right at the height of the Pats parade.
Arguably one of the best coaches in Bruins history, Julien compiled a franchise record 419 wins in 759 games. The now former B’s bench boss led his team to the playoffs in seven of his 10 seasons making it to at least the second round on five occasions, while winning the Eastern Conference twice and guided the team to the Stanley Cup in 2011. Other accolades include a Jack Adams Award in 2009 and a President’s Trophy in 2014 for the league’s best record during the regular season.
The last few years have been a tumultuous ride for Julien however. Riddled by roster mismanagement by Sweeney and team President Cam Neely, Julien was ultimately deemed the scapegoat even though he did the best he could with a mediocre roster. Though he wasn’t faultless over the last three years, and even with the inevitable timing of his departure, Julien deserved a better fate.
We’ll have more updates throughout the day on Bruins Daily. Stay tuned.