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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 GM Don Sweeney suggested that he won't make a rash decision regarding head coach Claude Julien.
"Like I said, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Claude. We'll continue to have discussions. It would be foolhardy of me to make a sort of impetuous decision [on Julien's future]," Sweeney said. "I need to make the right decision." Sweeney was the Bruins' assistant general manager before assuming his current role, so he should already be familiar with the situation and all the variables involved. With that in mind we don't imagine it will take Sweeney long to come to a decision even if he doesn't want to rush things. That being said, if he wants to fire Julien, but decides to hold onto him for a little while longer, division rivals Detroit and Buffalo might sign coaches in the interim, thus preventing Julien from joining either of those teams. May 22 - 9:45 AM

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The future of head coach Claude Julien will be at the top of new GM Don Sweeney's priority list.

CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely may think it's time for a change, but they said the decision will be Sweeney's to make. It's going to be a busy off-season for him, as he'll prepare for the draft, re-sign RFA Dougie Hamilton and seek a backup goaltender among other responsibilities. His to-do list may also include a new coach if he decides to part ways with Julien.
May 21 - 11:05 AM

The Boston Bruins have named Don Sweeney as their new general manager.

Sweeney is replacing Peter Chiarelli, who was let go after the Bruins failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. This announcement doesn't come as a surprise as he was wildly regarded as the frontrunner for the job. Sweeney spent the previous six years as the Bruins assistant general manager. "Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire," said Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs. "He carries a unique and impressive mix of playing experience, front office experience and business acumen. Don has complete understanding of what it means to be a Bruin and we have full confidence in him to steward the organization back to being Stanley Cup contenders year in and year out."
May 20 - 9:09 AM

The Boston Bruins plan to have Harry Sinden play a larger role in their front office.

Sinden, 82, has decades worth of experience but in recent years he's played a background role as a senior advisor. With former GM Peter Chiarelli no longer part of the picture though, owner Jeremy Jacobs has reportedly asked Sinden to play a larger role because he feels his son, CEO Charlie Jacobs, and team president Cam Neely lack experience when it came to running an NHL franchise. Sinden might also be involved in the hiring of the team's next general manager.
May 19 - 9:24 AM

The Boston Bruins have interviewed George McPhee for their vacant General Manager position.

Many believe that Don Sweeney is the favorite to be named Boston's next GM, but reports have also surfaced that Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton is in the running. It is now believed to be a three horse race between these three candidates. McPhee was Washington's General Manager for just over 16 seasons before being fired. This season, he served as a scout for the Islanders while aiding in putting together Team Canada's roster for the World Hockey Championship.
May 17 - 8:28 PM

Although many believe that Don Sweeney has Boston's GM position locked up, there is some talk that the Bruins are waiting for New York to be eliminated from the playoffs to speak to Ranger Assistant GM Jeff Gorton.

Gorton briefly worked as the Bruins' interim GM and headed up the Bruins' 2006 entry draft. He is credited with selecting Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Phil Kessel and signing Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard as free agents. so he certainly has built up a lot of goodwill in Boston. Stay tuned.
May 16 - 9:36 AM

It's reportedly looking more and more like Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney will assume Boston's vacant GM spot.

Ray Shero was regarded as a candidate for the job, but he will instead serve as the New Jersey Devils' GM. The Bruins were also believed to have interest in Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton, but New York reportedly hasn't granted Boston permission to speak with him. Boston fired its former general manager, Peter Chiarelli, after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
May 5 - 9:50 AM

The Bruins could get a second-round draft pick in one of the next three years as compensation from the Oilers for the signing of Boston's former general manager, Peter Chiarelli.

Even though the Bruins' fired Chiarelli, compensation is usually granted when a GM has a number of years left on a long-term deal. Chiarelli had three more years outstanding in his contract with Boston at the time of his termination. By the way, assistant GM Don Sweeney seems to be the frontrunner to replace Chiarelli.
Apr 25 - 9:14 AM

The buzz is starting to get louder around Mike Milbury’s name as a coaching fit in Boston, according to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman.

Of course, the first step is firing coach Claude Julien after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Boston went 41-27-14 this season. Milbury is currently an analyst for NBC, and the 62-year-old has not coached since 1998-99, though he began his coaching career in the late 80s with the Bruins.
Apr 18 - 8:04 PM

Look for the Bruins to bolster their roster with players who can improve the team's transition game.

The Bruins had trouble moving from their defensive zone to the offensive zone this past season and did not create as many chances as in the past off the rush. It is likely they will be looking at acquiring a puck-moving and/or sharp passing defenseman this off-season as well as a few forwards who are quick and gritty who can generate scoring opportunities off the rush and by cycling in the opponents' zone. Cam Neely has the Boston helm at the moment. He will no no doubt be hiring a GM who shares his vision.
Apr 18 - 8:40 AM

Boston let go of three scouts on Wednesday.

Amateur scouts Mike Chiarelli and Denis Leblanc, as well as European head scout Jukka Holtari were fired. The Bruins started the day by relieving GM Peter Chiarelli of his position and whoever takes over for him will make a decision on what to do with head coach Claude Julien.
Apr 15 - 4:40 PM

The Boston Bruins have relieved Peter Chiarelli of his duties as General Manager of the team.

"We are grateful for Peter's service to the Bruins organization over the last nine seasons," said team president Cam Neely. "His efforts undoubtedly helped the team achieve great success during his tenure and he helped restore the proud tradition of Boston Bruins hockey. We ultimately feel that this change is necessary in order to ensure sustainable success for the club both in the short term and the long term. Our search for a new General Manager will begin immediately." Chiarelli has been the GM of the Bruins for the past nine seasons and his rosters compiled a 386-233-85 record under his watch.
Apr 15 - 10:57 AM

Coach Claude Julien admitted that he could have gotten more out of his players in 2014-15.

"I have to look at myself as a coach and say what else can I do to get the most out of some of these players," said Julien. "The core group for the most part was always good. They came and played hard. I still have to ... and I've said that before, I've said that to Peter, my job as a coach is to get the most out of everybody, and that wasn't the case this year. I have to take ownership of that as well." Julien and GM Peter Chiarelli are in danger of losing their jobs after the Bruins underperformed and failed to make the playoffs.
Apr 14 - 8:17 AM

The Boston Bruins front office and management have begun to internally discuss the direction of the franchise

Just a season removed from winning the Presidents Trophy in 2013-14, the Bruins failed to make the playoffs. A season mired in turmoil and unrest, even the owners began making near-ultimatums to the coaches and players at large if they failed to reach the post-season. Without a doubt, this will be an interesting summer in Boston.
Apr 12 - 8:10 PM

The Boston Bruins are out of the playoff picture for the first time since 2007.

The Bruins were hit hard by injuries all season, but those excuses won't matter now. "Everybody's pretty down right now," Bruins coach Claude Julien said, via the team's official Twitter account. "When you don't make the playoffs, as you know, you've failed." It will be interesting to see what the Bruins decide to do with Julien in the coming days. They will surely have to shake up the roster during the off-season if they hope to take a step forward in 2015-16.
Apr 12 - 9:55 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1David Krejci
2Patrice Bergeron
3Carl Soderberg
4Gregory Campbell
5Marc Savard
LW1Milan Lucic
2Brad Marchand
3Daniel Paille
4Maxime Talbot
RW1Loui Eriksson
2Brett Connolly
3Reilly Smith
4Chris Kelly
5David Pastrnak
D1Zdeno Chara
2Torey Krug
3Dougie Hamilton
4Dennis Seidenberg
5Adam McQuaid
6Matt Bartkowski
7Kevan Miller
8Joe Morrow
G1Tuukka Rask