By Andrew Hay (Sports Correspondent).
Just about a week after the All-Star break, the Bruins have officially announced the firing of long-time head coach Claude Julien. The discussion of firing the former coach has been a hot topic over the years, especially since the Bruins have missed the postseason in each of the past two seasons.
Boston currently sits one point out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and have only won six of their last twenty games.
“Without Julien, the Bruins will have less of a chance of winning another cup,” Bruins fan Spencer Singer said.
“His experience in the league is incomparable to any other coach out there, but I obviously trust the process and hope the best for the future,” Singer added.
Julien played in the NHL for twelve years and coached for fourteen years at the professional level, which certainly will be tough to replace.
Before the Bruins let him go, Julien stood as the longest tenured coach in the entire NHL with a record of 419-246-94 in 10 seasons with the team. Along with that, Julien won one Stanley Cup in two appearances. Despite previous success, the Bruins are indeed in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season. Boston sports fans are not used to their teams missing the playoffs, but for the Bruins, it has been an unsteady trend of making it to the postseason.
The six-time Stanley Cup champions have never kept a coach who missed the playoffs in two straight years since 1965, when Milt Schmidt was given a third chance before he was replaced by Harry Sinden. Julien was given a second chance in 2015 when former GM, Peter Chiarelli, was fired and Don Sweeney took over. Sweeney believed in Julien, but the recent streak of missing the playoffs made the organization believe that it was the right move to go forward without him.
Life-long Bruins fan and Sharon High School’s TV Media and Production teacher, Mr. Antonell, says that his favorite team has “too many losses piling up.”
“I wish they could play like they did in 2011 every year,” Antonell said.
Although Claude Julien is the all-time Bruins leader for wins by a coach, the Bruins have experienced a rocky transition over the past couple of years and still have a lot of work to do if they want to be championship contenders again.