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Claude Julien | Center

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (55) / 4/23/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195

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Bruins coach Claude Julien was unhappy with his team's defensive play against San Jose Tuesday night.
Sloppy tonight. Sloppy," Julien said. "Really, that's the only word I can find right now. Mistakes — guys should know better. Is it focus? Is it trying to do too much? I think we really need to prepare ourselves better for games and know what we have to do in our defensive zone. We've been much better than that in the past." Even Boston's more reliable players were out of sync and the Sharks' top line had a big night in a 5-4 loss for the B's. Boston will look to bounce back Thursday when they host the Minnesota Wild. Nov 18 - 9:16 AM

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After a disastrous first week, the Boston Bruins have turned their game around.

The Bruins improved to 5-0-0 on the road and 6-0-1 in their last seven with Saturday's win over Tampa Bay. "I really feel good about this win, for different reasons," coach Claude Julien said. "It’s our first test with playing back-to-backs, (against) a team that was waiting for us here — a team that’s a good hockey club, as well. I thought our guys handed what they threw at us early in the game. We weathered the storm, and then I thought we kept getting better and better all the time. Our determination, our forecheck, the decision-making, everything seemed to be there. We got great goaltending again. So I thought it was just a really good effort."
Nov 1 - 9:17 AM

Boston's power play has been excellent at the start of the 2015-16 season.

The Bruins lead the league with seven power-play goals and the team owns the best efficiency rating (38.9 percent) in the NHL. Coach Claude Julien has praise his players' poise and their ability to read off each other. The power play has helped Boston record 3.60 goals for per game, which ranks second in the league despite the team's lackluster 2-3-0 record to begin the year.
Oct 19 - 2:51 PM

Claude Julien compared his hockey team to the New England Patriots.

The Bruins opened the regular season with a 6-2 loss to Winnipeg and Julien used the analogy to show that he wasn't pushing the panic button just yet. "It’s just one game. We’re fortunate to play 82 of them," said Julien. "I just look back at the Patriots last year when they got beaten by Kansas City, the whole world fell apart because of that. It seemed like it was going to be the end of that team, and sure enough they bounced back."
Oct 10 - 11:23 AM

Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs will receive the 2015 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Longtime NHL scout Bob Crocker will receive the award as well. "By honoring Jeremy Jacobs and Bob Crocker, the Lester Patrick Award selection committee has recognized the dedication and drive of two important contributors to hockey in the United States," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. They will be honored during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Dec. 17 when Ron DeGregorio, Chris Drury, Angela Ruggiero, and Mathieu Schneider will be inducted.
Aug 13 - 9:46 AM

It sounds like former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was let go due in large part because of how he handled the cap.

"It's a cap environment we find ourselves in here, and you've got to look to the future," Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs siad. "If you watch the success of the Chicago team, and I do admire them quite a bit, they dealt with their high-priced players early on and kept creating room. Every year, there was a change, not too unlike the change we see here (this year). We see some great players going elsewhere. Even to this year, you see very successful teams have met that problem. We didn't deal with it in a timely enough manner and we found ourselves in a cap position that wasn't attractive for us." Jacobs feels Chiarelli wasn't prepared to make the kind of trades he feels the Bruins needed to execute. Since Don Sweeney took over as the team's general manager, Boston has made some painful trades as they've moved Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton.
Jul 30 - 9:42 AM

There are many hockey experts in Boston who are questioning the Bruins' moves the past 24 hours.

The team traded emerging defenseman Dougie Hamilton and gritty scoring winger Milan Lucic and got a number of draft picks in return that many believed were going to be flipped to move up in the draft to number three so that they could select one of defensemen Noah Hanifin or Zach Werenski. That didn't happen. Instead, the Bruins used the picks to select defenseman Jakub Zboril (13th pick), left winger Jake DeBrusk (14th pick) and a surprise pick with Zachary Senyshyn at number 15. Both DeBrusk and Senyshyn were ranked considerably lower than where the Bruins drafted them. It remains to be seen if those who are now criticizing the Bruins will ultimately be proven correct.
Jun 27 - 9:28 AM

The Boston Bruins will open their preseason schedule in Providence.

The Bruins' farm team is located in Providence, so there's a link there. Boston will take on the New Jersey Devils on September 20th at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence before returning to the TD Garden to take on the Capitals and Rangers.
Jun 21 - 10:23 AM

Although Claude Julien's status with the Bruins was in question for a while, he remained confident that he would ultimately return.

"There's never a guarantee, but I'm going to be honest with you: I never felt that way," Julien said when asked if he thought he might not be back. "Was there doubts or question marks? Absolutely, because you don't know who's coming in and what they want to do. But I never felt threatened here. I think the people around me have shown me that they seem to have enough confidence that I didn't really feel that way." Although Julien will enter the season with the Bruins, there's been questions about how much leeway he'll get. If the Bruins struggle out of the gate, will Julien be dismissed quickly or will he get an opportunity to guide Boston out of the early rut? Meanwhile, he has a chance to surpass Art Ross this season to become the Bruins' franchise leader in wins.
Jun 12 - 9:45 AM

Bruins coach Claude Julien and new general manager Don Sweeney are on the same page about the future of the team.

Julien and Sweeney, whom Julien says is giving him full support, agree that changes are needed to the roster and to the style of play, though it’s unlikely to be major. The Bruins need to figure out a way to score more goals; they finished 22nd with 2.55 per game. "For people who think we're going to play a run-and-gun game, it's not happening," Julien said. "We can talk about all kinds of things: The teams that are in the finals right now, one of them had an even better goals-against average than we did. This game hasn't changed. You need good defense. You need good offense. You need both and we've been able to do that for a lot of years."
Jun 10 - 9:20 PM

Bruins GM Don Sweeney appears to be eager to make moves this off-season.

"Any time you can improve your hockey club, you have to explore everything," he said. "I've had an opportunity to talk to a number of general managers and they're thinking the exact same way. I think there are teams that are looking at hockey trade opportunities more than they have in the past, but it's still hard to do. Things have to line up. I'd love to be in a situation to have more flexibility to explore whatever the hell it takes to improve the club." Players like Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly, Reilly Smith and Dennis Seidenberg could be available, but Sweeney wasn't mentioning any names.
Jun 8 - 11:34 AM

The Boston Bruins have confirmed that coach Claude Julien and his staff will be back for the 2015-16 campaign.

The question now is what will happen if Boston gets off to a rough start. Will Bruins GM Don Sweeney fire Julien or trust him to right the ship? This announcement ends the speculation for now, but many will believe that Julien is entering the season on the hot seat.
Jun 5 - 12:54 PM

In addition to Claude Julien now being projected to return for the 2015-16 campaign, it now looks like he'll be keeping his current staff as well.

There were earlier reports suggesting that the Bruins might ultimately keep Julien, but replace one or more of his assistant coaches. Now it looks like the entire coaching staff will be retained. That being said, Julien could be on a short leash going into the regular season, which means that if Boston starts the season on the wrong foot then Julien could be fired rather quickly.
Jun 5 - 9:47 AM

Expect the Boston Bruins to announce that Claude Julien will remain the team’s head coach going into next season.

ESPN hockey analyst Pierre Lebrun said that new Bruins GM Don Sweeney will make the news official at the draft combine in Buffalo on Friday. The Bruins surprisingly missed the playoffs this season, but they had to deal with a whole lot of injuries throughout the year. Julien may be coming back, but he will be on a short leash. A slow start to next year’s regular season will likely spell the end of the Julien era in Boston.
Jun 4 - 7:08 PM

The Boston Bruins still haven't announced what they plan to do with coach Claude Julien.

There's been plenty of speculation that he'll return as head coach of the team for another season, but it's odd that the Bruins haven't made a decision public yet. "I'm hearing that it's not definitely a done deal," said a veteran source in the Boston pro hockey community. "What I've heard is that Claude has been presented with a presentation that says: 'We've got to be different. Look at the NHL’'s final four: up-tempo, high pressure, the offensive players are really flying up the ice.'"
Jun 4 - 11:45 AM

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RW1David Pastrnak
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