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Claude Julien | Center

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (54) / 4/23/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195

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Coach Claude Julien voiced his displeasure on Monday that Boston isn't getting enough power plays.
"I think we are drawing penalties, I don't think we're always getting the calls," Julien said. "You know, I remember one game when my GM and my coach up there said we could've had four more power plays tonight that they could see from up there. That tells you something. The rest I can't explain. ... You know, you try and battle your way through it and hopefully they'll have to call what's obvious even if it doesn't always happen. That's the hand we're dealt with. Yesterday, we scored two goals on one power play." Boston has been given 78 power-play opportunities in 34 games, which ranks them last in the league. Dec 23 - 9:59 AM

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Boston GM Peter Chiarelli is looking to improve his roster, but he's not in a rush to make a move.

"I am patient," Chiarelli said. "We're always trying to improve the team. But you can't force things, you just can't force things. I see what everyone else sees: We're squeezing our sticks. We're competing, but I feel we have to be more competitive. We've lost 7-of-9, and we've got to be better. So to specifically answer that question: I'm looking." The Bruins rank 22nd in the NHL in goals for with an average of only 2.47 per game, so it's safe to assume that Chiarelli will have a top-six forward who can score very high on his list.
Dec 15 - 8:19 AM

The Boston Bruins have scored only 39 goals in their last 15 games but are 10-4-1 in that span.

The Bruins aren't playing entertaining hockey, but they have been effective. They have been without David Krejci and Zdeno Chara for a good chunk of the season and the fact that they are winning consistently is impressive. "I don’t think we expect to go out there and dominate a game from start to finish with our lineup right now," said coach Claude Julien. "It is what it is, and we understand that we’re going to grind it out and we have to be ready from the get go."
Nov 30 - 12:21 PM

The Boston Bruins dropped their third loss is an many meetings against the rival Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

The Canadiens have defeated Boston five times in a row if you go back to last year's game six and seven playoff wins. The Bruins have been banged up quite a bit this season. They were without Zdeno Chara, Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand and David Krejci in Saturday's loss against Montreal.
Nov 23 - 12:24 PM

According to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman, the Bruins have extended coach Claude Julien’s contract for three more seasons.

The team has not confirmed it, and that's typical of coaching news like this. Julien had previously signed a multiyear deal in July 2012. In eight years with the Bruins, Julien is 316-169-65, good for a .634 winning percentage. He has led the Bruins to two Stanley Cup appearances, with one championship in 2011. The team remains one of the stronger ones in the NHL.
Nov 1 - 9:26 PM

Coach Claude Julien called Monday's last-second loss to Colorado "a bitter pill to swallow," but he was satisfied what parts of his team's play.

Boston needs their offense to start working, as they have recorded just four goals in four games. "There's no doubt that we need better finish, but we just played a team on the other side that has a ton of it and they've scored two goals in three games," said Julien. "It's not necessarily unique, but at the same time it's early in the season and we have to find our game. I think right now a lot of guys are forcing things and that could be because of the situation we're in. We've got to stop forcing things and making them happen." The Bruins are back in Detroit on Wednesday night.
Oct 14 - 7:11 AM

GM Peter Chiarelli expects to make changes to the Bruins soon.

"Around the fringes, guys have to go ... I think they understand that we always want to ice a Cup-winning team, and with that comes some casualties," he said. "This year, I'm looking forward to it, to a certain degree; there's a lot of competition, there's a lot of spots, including — you don't wish one of these (defensemen) to be traded, but we just have too many. At some point, I'm going to have to do it, and all the teams in the league, most of the teams in the league would like one." The Bruins will see who fits with who at training camp and then decide who gets moved to help them remain under the salary cap.
Sep 15 - 9:50 AM

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli addressed the media on Sunday about Boston's cap issues, possible trades and the status of his team's restricted free agents.

Not a lot of progress has been made on any of these fronts. Boston still has to trim salary before the season starts, and it sounded as if Chiarelli was leaning towards trading a defenseman to cut salary. There has been no resolution on RFA's Torey Krug and Reilly Smith's contract talks, and Chiarelli seemed confident that the organization's young prospects would step into bigger roles if those two are absent from training camp later this week.
Sep 14 - 7:16 PM

Boston announced a long-term affiliation agreement with the Providence Bruins on Wednesday.

Assistant GM Don Sweeney will serve as the GM of the AHL club and Jay Pandolfo has been hired as development coach. "On behalf of the Bruins organization we are happy to have our relationship with the Providence Bruins extended," said Bruins president Cam Neely. "Having our AHL affiliate so close is a great asset to not only our hockey team, but to our fans, as they can watch our prospects develop. I'd like to thank H. Larue Renfroe, Jeff Fear and Matt Poore and the rest of the Providence Bruins organization for their continued commitment to Bruins Hockey. I would also like to congratulate Don Sweeney on being named General Manager of the Providence Bruins."
Aug 28 - 9:51 AM

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien doesn't plan on retiring any time soon.

Julien turned 54 in April. "I'm still enjoying it, it's a lot of fun," Julien said. "And even if you have some disappointments like we did in the playoffs, you have to look back and say, 'Okay, we had a great season.' [You] let yourself revved up for the next challenge, and so on and so forth. I may look old, but I still feel young at heart." After serving as the bench boss in New Jersey and Montreal, Julien has been the Boston Bruins head coach for seven seasons. The team has been very successful under him though and as long as that persists, the Bruins will be happy to keep him on board.
Jul 30 - 9:16 AM

The Boston Bruins aren't likely to sign any of the remaining right wingers on the unrestricted free agent market.

The Bruins will probably need almost all of their spare cap space to sign their restricted free agents. That being said, they might still try to add someone via the trade market and shed some salary while they're at it. In an ideal world, they would like to at least partially fill the void left by Jarome Iginla's departure.
Jul 11 - 9:41 AM

The Boston Bruins are comfortable with the fact that they stayed quiet during the free agent frenzy.

The Bruins didn't have the cap space to make a significant move, but they could have chosen to shed salary on the trade market and opted not to. "I kind of like where we are. We've got players signed," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli explained. He added, "What's important too is that were able to preserve money and cap space going forward for the likes of [David] Krejci and [Milan] Lucic and [Johnny] Boychuk and [Dougie] Hamilton and [Torey] Krug and [Reilly] Smith." The Bruins might still make some moves this summer, but they probably won't do anything big.
Jul 4 - 8:41 AM

The Boston Bruins are still combing over some options to change their roster for next season.

"I'll look at some stuff. I wanted to let the market settle down," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "There are some guys that will maybe take less that I'll look at. We've got seven or eight names on our board, and we have seven or eight names that are subject of trade discussion. I'll look at some stuff and we'll see where it goes. I don't know where it will go, oftentimes there is a first wave, then the second wave really sometimes doesn't happen for a week or so." The Bruins are in the market for a replacement on the right side of their top line or third-line depth player.
Jul 3 - 9:51 AM

Boston assistant coach Geoff Ward has resigned.

He will be the head coach of the Mannheim Eagles in Germany. Ward has been head coach Claude Julien's top assistant for the last seven years. He helped improve the Bruins' power play in 2013-14 and did a lot of work with the team in extra-attacker situations.
Jun 20 - 8:03 AM

It looks like the Boston Bruins' cap penalty stemming from performance bonuses will be $4.75 million.

What happened is that when you sign a player to a contract that includes bonuses, only the player's base salary initially counts against the salary cap. If they achieve their bonuses, then they are applied to the cap as well, but because it happens after the fact, teams can actually exceed the ceiling by doing this. As punishment for doing so, the amount you exceeded the cap by is charged against the team for the following season, so the Bruins will consequently have a rather large cap penalty working against them for the 2014-15 campaign.
Jun 18 - 8:12 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Krejci
2Patrice Bergeron
3Carl Soderberg
4Gregory Campbell
5Marc Savard
LW1Milan Lucic
2Brad Marchand
3Matt Fraser
4Simon Gagne
5Daniel Paille
6Anthony Camara
7Craig Cunningham
RW1Loui Eriksson
2Reilly Smith
3Chris Kelly
4Seth Griffith
D1Zdeno Chara
2Torey Krug
3Dougie Hamilton
4Dennis Seidenberg
5Adam McQuaid
6Matt Bartkowski
7Kevan Miller
8Zach Trotman
G1Tuukka Rask
2Niklas Svedberg