The longest tenured coach in the NHL just walked the plank Tuesday.
Claude Julien, who had coached the Boston Bruins for 759 games over 10 seasons, was relieved of his duties and replaced on an interim basis by assistant Bruce Cassidy.
Julien, who won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011, got his team to the post-season each of his first seven seasons, but has missed the big dance the last two campaigns.
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Though the results have eluded Boston this season, they are fourth in the Atlantic Division at 26-23-6, the belief was that Julien’s structure isn’t what’s failing the organization. The Bruins are the league’s top possession team, controlling shot attempts at 55.86 percent.
Julien leaves the Bruins as their all-time leader in wins (419) and postseason victories (57), and finished his tenure with a .614 winning percentage. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2009.
He’ll be paid the remainder of his $2.5 million salary and has another year at $3 million remaining on his terminated contract. Julien joins a growing list of fired bench bosses, including Gerard Gallant, Jack Capuano, and Ken Hitchcock.
Vegas has lots of options, for sure.