Claude Julien Moves Forward
Head coach Claude Julien doesn’t see the end to his time coaching the Boston Bruins.
Going into his eighth year as the B’s head man, Julien is one of the longest tenured coaches in the NHL, ranked No. 2 behind Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings.
“As long as I can,” said Julien, via CSNNE.com. “I’m not ready to retire yet….. I’m still enjoying it, it’s a lot of fun. And even if you have some disappointments like we did in the playoffs, you have to look back and say, ‘Okay, we had a great season.’ [You] let yourself revved up for the next challenge, and so on and so forth.”
But even though he has led the Bruins to the playoffs every season at the helm, a Stanley Cup victory has been elusive in the past couple of years. Julien and the B’s are hoping to stand in great position for a championship this coming season, regardless of Iginla’s departure and their inability to sign impactful free agents.
In the end, it’s his job to ensure the squad’s makeup is still capable of striving for top spot in the Eastern Conference.
“This is what we do as coaches. You know, we adjust,” said Julien. “We make adjustments to power plays, to our play throughout and so on and so forth. I think just because Jarome [Iginla] is gone doesn’t mean that we have to blow everything up. Maybe [it takes] a couple of players moving around to have the right format, and that may happen along the way.”