The longest-tenured coaching relationship in the NHL is no more.
The Boston Bruins moved on from Claude Julien on Monday, firing the 56-year-old head coach early in the morning just days after a 6-5 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Julien had coached the Bruins for the last 10 seasons.
Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will replace Julien behind the bench on an interim basis.
Julien¡¯s Bruins have made the playoffs in all but two seasons under his reign, but those two seasons happen to be the most recent ones. Boston doesn¡¯t look like a surefire playoff contender again this year, either ¡ª they sit a point back of the Flyers for the final Wild Card berth in the Eastern Conference.
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None of this matters if they don’t make it out of the first round again. But if they don’t, in this year of all years … maybe it was never meant to be. Because this last month was a statement of intent.
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Coyotes president Anthony LeBlanc came out with a strong denial on Thursday.
It¡¯s probably best to keep in mind that this news broke just six days after the Coyotes announced the joint arena deal with Arizona State fell through. It¡¯s also not the first time the Coyotes have been linked to the northwest, and it¡¯s likely not the last until an arena deal has been hammered out. Even so, speculation of a relocation likely won¡¯t die down until Seattle itself has a team.
Whether the Coyotes were just checking their options as they deal with their arena situation in Glendale or are legitimately looking into other cities in the northwest is anyone¡¯s guess. Either way, it¡¯s just another off-ice situation for fans to worry over while the team struggles on the ice.