By: Nick Galle
It was announced on Tuesday, that Claude Julien has been relieved of his coaching duties with the Boston Bruins in the shadow of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl parade. The decision came at a time where the Bruins were 26-23-6, had lost two in a row, and were 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. The Bruins have been inconsistent throughout the season, but the decision to let Julien go, came as a shock to many. Bruce Cassidy will takeover the coaching job as an interim coach.
One of the more shocking elements of this firing was the time at which it came. News broke hours prior to the Super Bowl parade held in Boston, and that was no coincidence. The parade was likely used as a way to cover the move, causing it to not receive as much press as it should have. By choosing this specific time, it shows the Bruins are trying to make a quick transition. Boston is trying to perhaps start fresh, maybe even a period of rebuilding. On such a happy day in Boston, Claude Julien departing really did not seem important to those who took to the streets of Boston to celebrate New England’s 5th Super Bowl victory. Many had not even heard the news until after the parade.
There is no doubt about it, Julien will go down as one of the most memorable Bruins coaches in history. Throughout his tenure, Claude coached the team through 419 wins, seven playoff appearances, and led the team to a Stanley Cup in the 2010-2011 season. With that being said, the Bruins have failed to make the playoffs in both the 2014-2015 season, and 2015-2016 season, leading Don Sweeney to reconsider the performance of Julien and his coaching staff. Julien had been the NHL’s longest tenured head coach of any team, and many fans are upset over the decision. With the move, GM Don Sweeney could very well be starting a rebuild in the Boston Bruins organization. The city of Boston has seen it with the Red Sox and Dombrowski, the Celtics and Ainge, and the rebuilding of a team may have just hit the ice, a process that comes just two days after the New England Patriots take home the Lombardi trophy.
Has a Rebuild Arrived?
If there was a time and a place to begin a rebuild for the Bruins, it would likely be right now. With the Sox, Celtics, and Patriots all peaking or at their peak, the Bruins have seemed to be the forgotten team of Boston. The team has been extremely inconsistent throughout the entire season. As of February 7th, the Bruins are 26-23-6, and have not had a win streak that surpasses three games. That’s right, the longest win streak the Bruins have had has only spanned across three games. If this season does not turn out as expected, the future is certainly going to be bright for the Bruins. With young, talented names such as David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner, Frank Vetrano, Brandon Carlo, Torey Krug, and many more, the future may very well hold more than one Stanley Cup. The Boston Bruins have had a few rough seasons over the past few years, but his team may just be getting started.
In these times of change, the management of the Bruins just has to be trusted. Was it the correct decision? Time will tell. One thing is for sure, this is the start of new era for Boston Bruins hockey. It can be a great era, or it can be a total mess. It is a time where the progression of the young stars plays an essential role in how this team will do over the next 10 years. Today, a new journey begins for this team. The Claude Julien era has closed, but with that being said, a whole new era has opened. Who knows what the next 10 years will hold? One can only hope it holds success, and God willing, a few Stanley Cups will be mixed in there as well. Boston will just have to patiently wait and see.
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