According to Tony Massarotti of the Felger & Mazz show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Boston Bruins current head coach Claude Julien is expected to remain behind the bench for next season, retaining his job despite former General Manager Peter Chiarelli‘s departure from the organization.
Per @TonyMassarotti: Claude Julien Keeping Job, Bruins Coaching Staff To Remain Intact For 2015-16 Season http://t.co/h3WLOrQl5r
— Felger & Massarotti (@FelgerAndMazz) June 3, 2015
The decision has come to the surprise of many as it was predicted Julien would lose his job after the comments made by new general manager Don Sweeney. “He’s the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, for sure,” Sweeney said, after being named the new GM of the Bruins. While the comment came off as a neutral one with no indication of what the future held, Sweeney also promised changes would be made during the off-season to ensure that what took place last season would not happen again.
With Cam Neely running gun and Sweeney reporting to him, rumors circulated that Julien’s time behind the bench was coming to an end.
Instead, not only is Claude Julien expected to be coaching the team during the 2015-16 season, but the entire coaching staff is also expected to remain intact. After Sweeney was hired on May 20th, he and Neely reportedly spent the next few weeks discussing the future of the organization, from the product on the ice to the management running it, and it seems a decision has been made and the official announcement could be made as soon as the end of this week.
“The Bruins will make some sort of announcement, I think, probably by the end of the week,” Massarotti said, on his daily radio shot, hosted from 2-6pm. “I believe it to be true, but I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t believe me.”
In eight seasons with the Bruins, Claude Julien has coached them to a record of 351-192-79 and led them to the post-season seven consecutive years, with last year being the first time they missed the playoffs during his tenure. The Bruins have made the Stanley Cup finals twice, in 2011 and 2013, and were Stanley Cup Champions in 2011, defeating the Vancouver Canucks.