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Claude Julien | Center

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (57) / 4/23/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
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The Montreal Canadiens have had a terrible start to the season, and it can be mainly attributed to their terrible defensive record.
The Canadiens currently sit with the third-worst defensive record in the NHL. Most of it can be blamed on the goaltending, but that won't improve anytime soon with Carey Price now sidelined with a lower-body injury. However, not all of it can be blamed on Price, seeing as the defensemen haven't been great when called into action. The Canadiens will try and get their season back on track tonight when they face-off against the Winnipeg Jets. Al Montoya will be in goal with Charlie Lindgren dressed as the back-up. Sat, Nov 4, 2017 11:13:00 AM

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Montreal has gone 0-for-14 on the power play four games into the season.

The Canadiens went 0-for-5 Tuesday against Chicago, which included a 5-on-3 opportunity. Montreal has been trying four forwards and Shea Weber as the lone defender on the top unit. "We've had chances," team captain Max Pacioretty said. "I think guys are playing positions that are new to them so the reads aren't perfect yet. We've had good entries and good setups, but we haven't been able to get the end result. We have the personnel to play that setup."
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 08:42:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have now lost their first four preseason games.

Montreal has only scored six goals over that span. Obviously exhibition hockey has to be taken with a grain of salt, but their lack of offense in particular is somewhat concerning. Montreal is now also the only team without a point in the preseason with the next worst squad being the 0-3-1 Winnipeg Jets. Even still, the Canadiens have four more preseason games left on their schedule so there's time for them to work out the kinks before the contests start counting.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:15:00 AM

The Canadiens have left a number of veterans unprotected for the expansion draft.

Some of the notable players who will be available are: Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov. Of course, Radulov is a free agent and Markov is 38, so Vegas may pass on both. However, the most intriguing name to the Golden Knights could be 22-year-old forward Charles Hudon. The Habs protected the following players: Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty, Andrew Shaw, Jordie Benn, Jeff Petry, Shea Weber and Carey Price.
Source: TSN.ca
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 11:13:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens plan to participate in two exhibition games in Quebec City this year.

The first game will be against the Boston Bruins on Sept. 18, which is a rematch of the Quebec City preseason game the two teams competed in last year. In 2016 Montreal earned a 4-3 victory against the Bruins. On Sept. 27 the Canadiens will play against Toronto in their second Quebec City contest.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 10:38:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens announced that assistant coach Clement Jodoin has left the club "to pursue other opportunities".

The 65-year-old has been part of the organization in various roles for 12 years since 1997. "Marc Bergevin and I regretfully accepted the resignation of assistant coach Clément Jodoin, who made the decision to end his long-time association with the Montreal Canadiens," said Canadiens head coach Claude Julien. "At our post-season meeting, we offered Clément to remain on our coaching staff, but he indicated to us that at this stage in his career, he would be looking for a change and would like to explore other challenges. Clément has been a valuable part of our hockey management team during his 12-year tenure with the organization."
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 11:32:00 PM

Claude Julien coached in his 1,000th regular-season game on Thursday night.

He was behind the Canadiens' bench for his debut back on Jan. 18, 2003. "I do remember we lost in OT to Toronto my first game here," Julien said. "But I do remember we won the second one in Florida and that put a smile on my face." He probably won't remember Thursday's game fondly either after the Canadiens lost 3-0 to the Islanders.
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 09:09:00 AM

Claude Julien has agreed to a five-year extension with the Montreal Canadiens.

His new deal will begin after the 2016-17 season. Julien was named the new head coach of the Canadiens on Tuesday after the team fired Michel Therrien.
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 03:10:00 PM

Claude Julien has been hired as the new head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

"The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a difficult one because I have lots of respect for him. I came to the conclusion that our team needed a new energy, a new voice, a new direction," said Montreal GM Marc Bergevin. "Claude Julien is an experienced and well respected coach with a good knowledge of the Montreal market. Claude has been very successful as an NHL coach and he won the Stanley Cup. Today we hired the best available coach, and one of the league's best. I am convinced that he has the capabilities to get our team back on the winning track." Julien coached in Montreal from January 2003 to January 2006 with a record of 72-62-10-15. He had been Boston's bench boss for the last 10 seasons before he was fired last week.
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 04:49:00 PM

It probably wouldn't be a slice of paradise for Claude Julien in Vegas as their bench boss.

Aside from the probable salary demands upwards of $4M per season, "The Creator" (suspected Golden Knights owner Bill Foley) wants someone who will be around for a while, "I don’t want a three year guy. I’d just say we want a guy that’s gong to be with us for the long haul." It's a bit surprising to hear that the 56-year-old Julien wouldn't fit that criterion, but Vegas would prefer to take a page out of Nashville's playbook and hire someone young. Barry Trotz was just 36-years-old when he became the first coach in Predators history way back in 1998-99.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 01:50:00 PM

The Florida Panthers are content to wait until the end of the season to contact recently fired coach Claude Julien.

Panthers coach Tom Rowe confirmed a report by Richards that the team has not asked the Bruins for permission to speak to Julien. "It will be a group decision," said Rowe. Which will include input from front office personnel including team president Matt Caldwell, owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu, and Dale Tallon.
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 02:29:00 PM

The Boston Bruins have fired head coach Claude Julien.

Julien has been the Bruins' bench boss for the last decade. Over that span he's led Boston to a Stanley Cup championship in 2011 and to the Cup finals in 2013. The Bruins have also enjoyed a stunning 419-246-94 record during his tenure. Boston hasn't been nearly as effective in recent years though. The Bruins missed the playoffs in each of the last two campaigns and they're in danger of falling short of the postseason this time too. Assistant Coach Bruce Cassidy will take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis.
Source: NHL.com
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 08:22:00 AM

Although the Bruins are going through a rough patch, their power play continues to shine.

With two power-play goals in five chances Saturday night, Boston has now scored at least one power-play marker in its last five games. Over the teams' last 15 contests, the Bruins are 16-51 with the man advantage--a ridiculously high 31.4% conversion rate. Now if they could just prevent a few goals and play better five-on-five, they may win a few more games.
Sun, Feb 5, 2017 09:17:00 AM

In defending the job he and his coaching staff have done with the Bruins this season, Boston coach Claude Julien can rely on CORSI statistics.

CORSI (which measures scoring chances and possession by calculating the total of shots on net, plus shots that are blocked and those that miss the net) numbers for the Bruins are off the charts. The Bruins lead the NHL in CORSI for with a 62.13 rating and are third in CORSI against with a 49.66 rating. The problem with the Bruins this season is that they are not finishing their scoring chances. The team ranks 23rd in the league in goals-per-game. That's not so much on Julien, who has implemented a system that creates scoring chances, but on the players who are not taking advantage of it.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017 09:28:00 AM

The game between the Bruins and Penguins has been delayed with 6:26 to go in the first period due to ice problems in the Penguins' end.

And so the ice crews have gotten to work right away fixing the ice. The time will be made up in the second period as they head into the next frame scoreless.
Sun, Jan 22, 2017 03:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Drouin
2Phillip Danault
3Tomas Plekanec
4Jacob De La Rose
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Alex Galchenyuk
3Paul Byron
4Charles Hudon
5Daniel Carr
6Nicolas Deslauriers
RW1Brendan Gallagher
2Andrew Shaw
3Artturi Lehkonen
4Logan Shaw
5Byron Froese
6Ales Hemsky
D1Shea Weber
2Jeff Petry
3Jordie Benn
4Karl Alzner
5David Schlemko
6Joe Morrow
7Jakub Jerabek
8Victor Mete
G1Carey Price
2Antti Niemi