Ex. Bruins Coach Julien Named Canadiens Head Coach
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 15, 2017,
Feb 15, 2017, 11:54
Julien was sacked by the Boston Bruins earlier in February.
While Julien's tenure was highlighted by multiple playoff runs and a championship, the Bruins have missed the playoffs in the last two seasons, the only times they've done that since he succeeded Dave Lewis behind the bench.
Michel Therrien's heart must be broken.
There had been speculation in many quarters that Julien, after nearly 10 seasons behind the Bruins bench, might be happy to enjoy a few months off while spending a good chunk of Jeremy Jacobs' money then have his pick of open jobs next season. Well, the Penguins went on to win the Stanley Cup with Dan Bylsma as their coach. "I am convinced that he has the capabilities to get our team back on the winning track", said Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin.
Montreal started the season 13-1-1 and still occupies first place in the Atlantic Division, but it was slumping of late, having lost six of its past seven games and 10 of its past 14 (albeit with two overtime losses in that stretch). He quieted the detractors when he led the team to a Stanley Cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks a year later.
Julien, the B's all-time winningest coach and 2009 Jack Adams victor, had a 26-23-6 record with the Bruins this season.
With 24 games left in the 2016-17 season, the Montreal Canadiens have made a change at head coach. He was in his fifth season with the Habs in his second go-around with the franchise, and lead them to a 194-121-37 record, including Atlantic Division titles in 2013 and 2015 and a trip to the Eastern Conference Final in 2014. After the win, Bruins player David Pastrnak explained, "We wanted to get the win for Bruce, the first win, so I think we all came a little bit more energized and we did a good job as a team".
Montreal dropped a 4-0 decision to the Bruins last Sunday. The Canadiens next play on Saturday against Winnipeg. This will mark Julien's second stint with the Canadiens.
Unemployment did not last long for Claude Julien.
Claude Julien has a new home, and it's with his former team's biggest rival.
The Bruins and Canadiens do not meet again this season. He has a career coaching record of 538-332-127; he ranks 27th in National Hockey League history in games coached with 997 and 21st in wins.