You had a fantastic run, Claude, but I suppose it had to end. After nine and a half years of support, Claude Julien has been fired as head coach of the Boston Bruins and rumors are beginning to swirl as to who will replace the Stanley Cup-winning coach.
It is apparent that Bruins’ management wasn’t pleased with the direction the club was heading in, with only 58 points after 55 games, but what’s not too clear is exactly what they anticipated. Virtually everyone predicted that the B’s are a group to the outside looking in and it appeared all but certain that Julien will be relieved of his post in the finish of the season. The impatience of the new NHL, however, reared its ugly head once again and among the best coaches in the league is now searching for work — that I’m sure he will find in short order. The timing couldn’t have been better for the Bruins since it was unlikely they would face much backlash from the public and the press with the Patriots celebrating their most recent Super Bowl win having a parade in downtown Boston at the exact same time the Bruins declared the firing.
BetOnline has put lines who will end up the next full-time trainer of the First Six team from Massachusetts and there are some recognizable names near the top of the list. With former Panthers bench boss Gerard Gallant coming in at +200 and the very recently fired Ken Hitchcock being offered in +400.
Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will take over head coaching duties in the meantime and he is the current favorite to take over the fulltime occupation with +160 chances. Before he was promoted to the club at the start of the 2016-17 season, Cassidy served as the head coach of the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence for five decades. It is very likely the Bruins’ management has been dressing the Ottawa, Ontario native for the significant job so that it makes a great deal of feel he’s the favorite.
With groups like the Penguins, Blues, Panthers and possibly the Islanders all using this method using their recent full-time head coach hirings, I really could see the Bruins doing exactly the same thing. I am unsure what it takes to keep a job as a head coach in the NHL anymore however if Claude Julien doesn’t have it, nobody will.
Here’s the entire list of potential full-time head coaches to the Bruins offered at BetOnline: