The Boston Bruins have finally decided to move on.
The Bruins have fired Claude Julien, the winningest coach in franchise history, the team announced on Tuesday. Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will take over the team on an interim basis.
Julien guided the Bruins to a 419-246-94 record in his 10 seasons in Boston, winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 with a dramatic seven-game victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Julien led the Bruins to another Cup final in 2013, falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
Julien doesn’t get 100% of the blame pie, but he gets a good chunk of it. It was time for Julien to go, this move was at least a season too late. The fact that Claude won a cup allowed the Bruins to prolong this and delay the inevitable.
The Bruins haven’t been to the playoffs in each of the last 2 seasons, and the way things look now, could possibly miss another post season which is pathetic because half the conference gets into the post season. It was time, sorry Claude.
The next move is Don Sweeney and Cam Neely I hate to say, they need a shake up in the front office and they need to make some moves if they want to get back to dominance.