Ex-Bruins Coach Claude Julien Returning to Montreal Canadiens

Antonio JonesFeb 16, 2017

Ironically enough, one coach who did suffer just that fate was Claude Julien, who got canned by the New Jersey Devils back in 2007 while that team was in first place at the time. It is also the second time Julien comes in to coach the Canadiens after they have relieved Therrien as head coach.

The Bruins fired Julien a week earlier, apologizing for the timing of the announcement - during the Patriots' Super Bowl parade. Claude Julien is one of the most respected head coaches in the National Hockey League. He is convinced that they have hired the best available coach, and one of the leagues best, who can return the team to the winning track. Yes, the Canadiens have been slumping recently, winners of just two of their last seven games, and their most recent loss was a 4-0 shut-out against the Bruins. Julien held the position with the Canadiens until the 2005-06 season when he was sacked.

It will take a very long time for Therrien's heart to heal - if it ever does. In nine-plus seasons in Boston, Julien had won a Stanley Cup and reached another finals round, but he, too, was viewed by management as having produced disappointing recent results, and he was let go on the same day as the Patriots' championship parade.

With the legalities out of the way, Julien can now turn his attention to breathing some life into a Canadiens team, that as of late, has looked disinterested. He coached the Canadiens for parts of three seasons from 2002-2006, compiling a 72-62-10-15 record.

Therrien was also fired midseason in his last job as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Canadiens still held a six-point lead on the Ottawa Senators heading into Tuesday, but the Senators had played five fewer games than Montreal, leaving the Habs' hold on the division as questionable at best. Fans who are used to dominant seasons and viable opportunities at playoff success have been voicing their discontent for the past two seasons, and perhaps this is the Bruins' answer. I am confident that he will be able to put our team back on the road to victory, "said Canadian General Manager Marc Bergevin".

Therrien was in the fifth season of his second go-around with the club.

In a press conference to discuss his new job as coach of the Montreal Canadiens, Julien expressed disappointment that he didn't get to finish out the season and have a chance to get the Bruins on a roll.

"I reached the conclusion that we were at a turning point for our team and that's why I decided to make this change", Bergevin said.

"I'm disappointed. We had been here for 10 years (in Boston) and there's a lot at stake and you talk about your kids and your family and that is more important than the work".

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