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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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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

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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

Although it's sounding more and more like Claude Julien will keep his job, his assistants might not be able to say the same.

Changes to Julien's staff were recently discussed between the bench boss and new GM Don Sweeney, according to a CSN New England source. His assistant coaches last year were Doug Jarvis, Joe Sacco, Doug Houda, and Bob Essensa. In the case of the latter two, they've been with him since 2007. This follows another report saying that Julien will be on a short leash next season.
Jun 2 - 8:04 AM

There are whispers that Claude Julien will start the 2015-16 season as Boston's bench boss, but he'll be on a short leash.

"Management will keep Julien under watch. If things go sideways early next season, Julien will be out." Recall that Julien is statistially the second best coach Boston has ever had, and they missed the playoffs this season by a mere two points. AHL Providence's head coach since 2008 Bruce Cassidy, and former Bruins head coach (1989-91) Mike Milbury are believed to be Julien's possible replacements.
May 30 - 7:02 PM

New Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney said he has a great amount of respect for Claude Julien.

Julien's status for next season is still up in the air, but both coach and GM should be meeting soon. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Claude, and the job that he’s done here. I love the accountability and the structure that he brings to a hockey club. His demeanor on the bench is outstanding. I think his players respond to him," Sweeney told "I think our transition game needs to improve. It’s an area we need to address, and it’s going to start in our own end, in the neutral zone and at the blue line creating turnovers that will allow us for some odd-numbered opportunities." It will be interesting to see if the Bruins will give their Stanley Cup winning coach another shot to coach their team in 2015-16.
May 24 - 10:32 AM

Bruins coach Claude Julien and general manager Don Sweeney will meet this week, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman says the two will determine if they see eye-to-eye on roster changes and the style of play. Julien’s multi-year contract extension is set to kick in this season. He has led the Bruins to a 351-192-79 record and seven consecutive playoff appearances, a streak that was snapped after a 41-27-14 record this year.
May 23 - 11:15 PM

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