Claude Julien isn’t on the hot seat, according to Bruins president Cam Neely. To assume so would be “unfair to Claude,” Neely told reporters today in Boston.
Still, you can’t blame people for thinking it.
Julien, the longest-tenured NHL head coach, has been behind the Bruins’ bench since 2007-08. He led the B’s to a Stanley Cup title in 2010-11, another finals appearance in 2013, and a Presidents’ Trophy in 2013-14.
But last season did not go well. General manager Peter Chiarelli was fired after the Bruins missed the playoffs, and new GM Don Sweeney did not immediately commit to bringing Julien back.
Regardless of the temperature of his seat, Julien may be hard-pressed to turn around a team that’s seen two top-4 defensemen, Johnny Boychuk and Dougie Hamilton, traded in the last year.
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Just because the NFL settled its concussion lawsuit, don’t be so sure the NHL will do the same.
According to an internal memo that was distributed to the Board of Governors this week and acquired by Yahoo Sports, the NHL believes it has a stronger case than the NFL did and that “despite extensive discovery to date, we have yet to find any document or other evidence that would tend to support the plaintiffs’ theory of the case.”
Due to the lack of “smoking gun,” the hockey league has “no desire” to engage in settlement talks.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has maintained all along that the plaintiffs’ case is without merit.
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The Arizona Coyotes have played five preseason games.
They’ve only scored four goals.
And they’ve only scored once at even strength, by rookie Anthony Duclair.
“It’s a concern, but we knew that coming in,” coach Dave Tippett told the Arizona Republic. “We’ve got young players in key roles that are supposed to help provide that offense. That doesn’t exclude any veterans but really the way our schedule has set up, we’ve had one game with our whole lineup in and I like how many chances we created in that game. So that gives me some hope but all that being said, when you get opportunities, you have to capitalize on them and we certainly haven’t done enough of that.”
That “game with our whole lineup” was Monday in Vancouver, where the Canucks beat the Coyotes, 1-0, on the strength of a 32-save shutout by Jacob Markstrom.
The Coyotes — a popular pick to finish dead last in 2015-16 — only have one preseason game left, tomorrow at home versus San Jose.
After that, they’ll face a tough start to the regular season, with seven of their first 10 games on the road:
While Tippett believes the Coyotes will be “fine,” it seems like it could be another long season in the desert.
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