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.
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